Jadi Sorotan Dunia, Pemuda Kelahiran Jawa Ikut Demo Antirasis di Amerika

BNews—NASIONAL— Tragedi kematian pria kulit hitam Afrika-Amerika, George Floyd, yang tewas ditangan kepolisian Minneapolis kian meluas. Bahkan hingga membangkitkan solidaritas masyarakat dunia.

Salah satu negara yang menjadi sorotan dunia adalah Indonesia. Hal tersebut terjadi setelah aksi seorang pemuda bertato peta Indonesia yang terabaikan kamera fotografer.

Identitas pria yang terpotret tengah berdemo dan merusak properti di negara bagian Philadelphia akhirnya terkuak usai fotonya viral di Twitter dan Facebook. Pemuda tersebut diketahui diketahui bernama Rainey A. Backues.

Rainey pun akhirnya buka suara. Melalui akun Instagramnya @rainsfordthegreat, pemuda Amerika berdarah Indonesia itu melakukan klarifikasi. Dirinya secara terbuka meminta maaf kepada seluruh masyarakat Indonesia atas aksi demonstrasi yang dirinya lakukan.

”Awalnya saya hanya ingin mendokumentasikan demonstrasi lewat Instagram story saya. Tapi saat malam berlalu, saya turut merasakan amarah dari kematian George Floyd,” ujar Rainey, Senin (1/6).

Rainey mengakui, menjadi kesalahannya tidak menutupi identitas diri dengan menggunakan pelindung wajah. Aksinya disebut amat spontan lantaran kemarahan atas pembunuhan Floyd.

”Bahkan hari ini, saya masih merasakan hasrat sakit hati yang disebabkan oleh ketidakadilan rasial yang sering diarahkan pada orang kulit berwarna. Termasuk saya sendiri,” tulisnya.

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”Ini membantu menjelaskan mengapa saya tidak menutupi identitas saya di foto,” ungkapnya.

Lebih jauh, Rainey mengaku salah telah tersulut emosi dan ikut-ikutan merusak properti orang saat demonstrasi. Ia juga secara khusus meminta maaf kepada masyarakat Indonesia yang mungkin tersinggung karena dia memiliki tato bergambar peta negara di kawasan Asia Tenggara.

”Karena salah satu tato saya menunjukkan pulau-pulau Indonesia (saya adalah warga negara AS yang dinaturalisasi, tetapi saya lahir di pulau Jawa). Saya juga ingin meminta maaf kepada masyarakat Indonesia di Philadelphia,” ucapnya.

Aksi demonstrasi di Amerika Serikat akibat kematian George Floyd kian meluas. Bahkan, gereja bersejarah St John yang terletak di depan Gedung Putih, Washington DC turut jadi sasaran amukan pendemo. (han)

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You might recognize me from several photos making the rounds on social media in the last several hours. If you know me personally, you will know that that what is represented there is quite unlike me. I initially began my day by going out for a daily bike ride, and I went through Center City, ending up at the protests. This helps explain why I was not covering my identity in the photos. At first, I simply wanted to document on my Instagram story what I was seeing for those who were at home. But, as the evening went on, I began to feel a combined anger from the murder of George Floyd and a feeling of energy in the face of national police injustice from the rioting welling up inside of me. Even today, I still feel the passion of hurt brought about by the racial injustice that is frequently directed towards people of color, myself included. This emotion runs deep. However, I now regret that my justified anger and impulse to not stay silent too quickly turned into movements to destroy property. Demonstrating is not the same thing as destruction. Thus, I would now like to apologize to the BLM movement as well as to the protestors who are legitimately exhibiting their disagreement with the present injustices we all have witnessed. Since one of my tattoos shows the islands of Indonesia (I am a naturalized US citizen, but I was born on the island of Java), I would also like to apologize to the Indonesian community in Philadelphia. Finally, to clarify, I must make it clear that, though I foolishly posted selfies holding sneakers up to my ear on my Instagram story, I did not loot them nor did I take any home with me. The streets were littered with clothing and shoes and I thought it would emphasize the amount of looting that was happening if I posed with them in this way. I now regret posting those photos. Once again, I apologize to all the communities that I have negatively affected and embarrassed. I am willing to take full responsibility for my actions. I have learned a great deal from this incident.

Sebuah kiriman dibagikan oleh Rainey A. Backues (@rainsfordthegreat) pada

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