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Why equality and social justice is so important to me




I want to tell you a story about why equality and social justice is so important to me, especially in this month of #pride2021, and also tell you about this photo! ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ


Back in 2008 I was living in Jamaica working as a Project Engineer on a $100m bauxite refinery expansion.


It was Sunday 30 March and it was Carnival.


Tens of thousands of people came out to party with music and dancing. ๐Ÿ”Š


In the Caribbean it's a big deal. โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ


In the capital of Jamaica ... you can imagine. ๐ŸŽบ


Mid afternoon, amongst the music and crowd, a commotion started. ๐Ÿ—ฏ


People started shouting, hissing and pointing.


Over the music, the mood had changed. The crowd had gone from the nation's biggest party to tension. You could feel it. I could feel it.


Upon looking around, against the flow of the crowds the simple act of two gay men holding hands walking down the street was causing a crowd. ๐Ÿ‘€


It wasn't just a crowd... it was an abusive crowd, which was swelling in size and aggression.


The abusive shouts I won't repeat, or the gun hand gestures, but it was bad. ๐Ÿšซ


The shouts turned to throwing things. Stones, bottles, anything around, all for two people walking down a street.


Within 60 seconds the street which I lived on had changed.


The whole world had stopped because of two people holding hands. ๐Ÿค


...


Identifying the mood change, the Police asked the gentlemen to get in the back of their van (pictured) to escape the scene before it turned worse. ๐Ÿš“


What happened next, the crowd turned on the van.


They smashed the window and the boy front left is seen diving for cover from the glass. ๐Ÿ™ˆ


I was stood in the middle with my camera taking this photo. ๐Ÿ“ท