A plea to forgo thinking in categories such as ethnicity or skin colour. We can only reach a just civil society by understanding that we are all in this together. There is no privacy without humanity.

Today’s episode of The Private Citizen is not so much concerned with a privacy topic, but rather a topic of humanity. Because without humanity, privacy really doesn’t matter at all. Today, I am looking at the riots and protests in the US started by the death of George Floyd and at the underlying cultural problem.

For several reasons, I’m not going into any feedback on today’s show. I will catch up with all of your messages in the next episode, though.

George Floyd, Police Brutality and the Great Xenophobic Divide in US Politics

In the US, the killing of George Floyd has caused widespread protests and unrest. In some respects, this has been a familiar sight to those who remember Ferguson and events as far back as the 1992 Rodney King riots. These phenomena are clearly rooted deeply in society and the political system in the US.

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I feel strongly that this is an issue that needs to be explored as civil liberties can only exist in a society where citizens are treated equally and fairly. Privacy can’t exist without humanity. I also try to explain why I don’t like using the term racism and why I believe that thinking in categories such as ethnicity, gender and nationality will cause us to never solve these problems.

I’m not addressing any feedback in this episode, but I’ll pick up with the messages I have received in the next one. So, if you have thoughts on the topics discussed here, please feel free to contact me.

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