Since the images of a man slowly dying under the heavy knee of authority gone viral through the internet, the Black Community stand against the bigotry sowed centuries ago. The Black Lives Matter movement started against racism, millions of people from Asia to Europe have been rallied since George Floyd ‘s death.
On May 25, Minneapolis police officers grabbed George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, after a deli worker called 911, citing him of purchasing cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on his neck for roughly around nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on the street, showing no signs of life. Height of racism, in USA.
Since his murder, People from all over the world stand against racism. Either it is America or is it Asia, Black Lives Matter is trending in WorldWide to address racism and prejudice. When you think of Pakistan, you may consider it of just brown people, but Pakistan is made up of many skin colors, backgrounds, religions, and values. The black community in Pakistan, commonly known as “the Sheedi” is a minority in Pakistan but they are there and we need to acknowledge that.
Tanzila Qambrani, a mother of 3, an educated woman with a degree in computer science, Qambrani was elected to the Provincial Assembly of Sindh as a claimant of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), on a reserved seat for women in southern Sindh in the 2018 Pakistani general election. She took her oath on August 13, 2018, and became first female MPA from the “black community” of Pakistan.
Tanzeela Qambrani speaks about Racism while talking to Cutacut.
Qambrani continued that she is looking to summon a session in the Sindh Assembly to address the murder of George Floyd and collectively condemn it in the strongest potential expressions.
“George Floyd’s murder was one instance of police violence. Black people, including our communities who live in Pakistan, are being punished for an apparent sin we did not commit,” she said.
She spoke about the struggles and racism she faced, she further said; “We are being punished for our features, for the way we look, for the colour of our skin. We are being punished for something we did not choose.”
When one questioned Tanzeela Qambrani about, what can be arranged to oppose racism and uplift her Sheedi society in Pakistan she emphasized “Education”.
“Our community has been left far behind in education. The government should ensure that we get opportunities in education. Give us the net, we will catch the fish ourselves.”Tanzeela Qambrani
People of African descent are being oppressed the world over. They are being de-humanized but Black people are also humans and this cannot be stressed enough,” Qambrani said in an interview with Cutacut.
She said that she has been fortunate for being allowed to be a spokesperson of her society as she is a worker and member of a party that believes in female empowerment and does not stand the racism.