The veil had been lifted.

She had seen the demonstrations, the protests. They had spread from America, all the way across the ocean to her doorstep.

At first she didn’t understand. This wasn’t a problem here. The police didn’t do things like that here. People were treated equally here.

Her black friends never spoke about it. She asked them about it and realised: they never spoke about it with her.

Then she read. She listened to the voices. She watched. She realised there was a problem. It was not on the surface, as naked and violent as it was in America, but it was there, insidious and eating away underneath the sheen of equality.

She asked her friends what could she do?

Join us, they said. Together they went to London and joined the crowds.

She kept listening. She kept reading. She kept watching. She found ways to take positive action.

The veil was torn away.

Copyright Sue Vincent

This is a response to the #writephoto Prompt: Veiled curated over at Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo. Click on the link to read other stories inspired by the image.

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17 responses to “VEILED”

  1. Well said, Iain. That particular veil needs tearing away from all eyes.

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  2. This is a true commentary, Iain. Racism is everywhere, maybe not as blatant as in US but it exists in subtler forms in other places.

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      1. You’re welcome 🙂 It’s a brilliantly written piece.

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  3. I like your topical take on the prompt. A good message for us all.

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      1. You’re welcome Iain.

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  4. It’s a shame that it took such a terrible event to raise awareness of something that’s been around for generations. A timely take indeed Iain.

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  5. Wonderful and thought-provoking and well-written as always. Back in the Sixties we thought we were changing the world, and we did change a lot of things. Now my granddaughter is screaming about how awful everything is, and I understand. But I came very close to saying, “Y’know, I wasn’t born yesterday or last week or whenever it was you suddenly woke up and thought, “Oh, FUCK, the world’s unfair! I need to let everybody know!” I didn’t, because she reminded me of myself. I’d like to believe that someday there will a generation that doesn’t have a veil that needs a hideous injustice to rip it off.

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    1. I agree Eugenia – these things are generational, they take time – more than they should of course – but I hope, and I believe, we will get there in the end.


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