There’s a plague and pandemic we’re continuously facing in our world at the minute; and it’s racism. I feel so much pain and anger in my heart with all that is going on.
With all that is circulating within society, the media, in the United States and as well as at home here within the UK – it would be a comfortable, attainable privilege of mine to sit back and not speak on this issue. I have a voice and one which i wholeheartedly intend to use as much and as often as I can.
Systematic racism and oppression is deeply rooted within the judicial system and political institutions. Don’t ignore the prolific structural inequality that is driving and underpinning this revolutionary moment of history. If you’re white, or simply not black – challenge your beliefs and ideologies, narratives and biases that are so ingrained in our education system and wider society.
If you’re choosing not to speak because you think it doesn’t concern you – you are part of the problem. Police brutality against black people is not a black problem. It’s our problem. Collectively. As a global and human conscience, by default – it is our problem. If you’re more concerned by how people respond to injustices and what so strikingly transgresses basic human rights, then you are also alliances in the oppression. Silence is violence.
It didn’t start at George Floyd. But it can end with us.
Below are a list of resources you can use to get involved with the black lives matter movement:
- Participate in protests (be safe though; use PPE, stay hydrated and protected)
- Email and apply pressure local MP’s. (I have attached an email you can copy and email)
- Donate. The Minnesota Freedom Fund is a non-profit organisation that provides funds for protesters who have been arrested and need to pay bail in order to avoid being imprisoned.
- Sign petitions. It takes 2 minutes.
Educate yourself. Recommended books to read and programmes to watch:
- Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race – By Reni Eddo-Lodge
- Me and White Supremacy – By Layla F Saad
- White Fragility – By Robin Diangelo
- Time: the Kalief Browder Story – on Netflix
- Now They See Us – on Netflix