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To my brothers of ethnic minorities

2019/10/17 — 15:39

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編按:民陣召集岑子杰16日於旺角遇襲,有指施襲者為非華裔人士,作者以英文撰文,向少數族群及施襲者表達對事件感到傷痛,又表示岑子杰向來關心社會公義及少數族群權益,呼籲少數族群與香港人站在同一陣線,為民主自由而奮鬥。

To my brothers of ethnic minorities, if you are the ones who attacked my friend Jimmy with hammers this evening at Mong Kok, I want to share a few words with you.

I feel sorry for the separation that rampant but unacknowledged racism in Hong Kong has long built between you and me. You might have experienced grave difficulty in fitting into a society that seems not to welcome you in almost every aspect of life, be it education, medical care, housing and more. You might have also been struggling to make both ends meet on a daily basis to a point that you are always feeling the pains of severe poverty.

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With the long history of separation and the suffering it has inflicted on you and your beloved, the gentleman you beat might look like an outsider who does not deserve your love, compassion and respect.

For this I feel heartbroken because I worked with Jimmy for quite a long time and I really want you to recognize that he has been working on equality and social justice for all for a decade and he deeply cares about your well-being and that of your community.

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May I call upon you in the name of God to treat him as a neighbor while I and Jimmy do the same to you and your community.

In times of political unrest when a majority of people who see Hong Kong as their home are taking to the streets to fight for democracy and liberty as promised, may I invite you to join us for the cause because our well-beings are interdependent.

The wounds on Jimmy's body are like the ones that I and many others as well as the whole discriminatory social structures might have intentionally and unintentionally inflicted on you and the people you care. Both wounds are bleeding. Without you, there is no hope that they can heal.

For those who have connection with the men who attacked Jimmy, may I count on you to share my words to them.

I am in pain and I know that part of you is in pain too, a pain that has long been unseen.

May peace, love and compassion be with Jimmy and you!

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