We would like to add our outrage at the devastating murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Police in Minnesota. A murder which has reverberated across the world and shone a light on racism and the experiences of black people not just in the United States but also in the UK and worldwide. We call for open and honest conversations to finally root out racism in our society, communities and institutions and solidarity with those affected.
For too long people experiencing racism have struggled to be heard, believed, and supported. Racism is not just expressed through violence and verbal abuse, but it is also about denying its existence, silencing debate, reducing its emotional impact. We ask that now, more than ever, we all be more aware of what is going on around we all consider the difference that we can make, whether it is through educating ourselves, supporting those affected or making an intervention.
How can I support Black Lives Matter?
There are many things you can do to support the movement. Here are only a fraction of things you can do.
1. Use your voice.
We must use our platform to amplify the voices of black communities. Show your solidarity on social media and share stories, articles, photos relating to the cause using #BlackLivesMatter.
2. Challenge racism when you see it.
There is nothing more powerful than taking a stand against hateful behaviour. Talk to your friends and family when they say something racist and explain why it’s problematic. It will be uncomfortable, but that’s ok, you’re doing it for a good reason. Amnesty International has a useful guide on how to speak to your loved ones about racism.
You might also witness hate crime or incidents happening in public. Grab our Bystander Intervention Guide and learn how to respond to hate crime safely.
3. Support your local organisations.
There are many causes you can support both globally and locally. However, always do good research to check the credibility of the organisation and what the money is used for. Look for registered charities, non-profit organisations, community centres and groups.
Support does not only mean money donations. For example, you can offer your time and skills and become a volunteer. Look out for organisations and causes in your local community. Reach out and ask what their needs are and how you can help.
4. Sign Petitions.
5. Educate yourself.
Learn more about black history, anti-racist movement and history of colonialism. There are plenty of lists out there like the Guardian’s. Here are a few good books that our staff are reading:
We also have useful resources that will help you understand the issues minorities face in the UK in our downloads section.
Pay a visit to Five Leaves Bookshop who have a strong collection of books about politics, black history, social history and more.
6. Support black creators and businesses.
Here are lists of UK based businesses you can explore. Don’t forget too seek out black owned businesses in your local community.
We are aware that due to the pandemic many events are cancelled or postponed but keep an eye out for black cultural events. Black History Month has a great listing page for you to browse.
Once they reopen, pay a visit to the New Art Exchange who always have free, engaging, and culturally diverse art exhibitions on display.