I write tonight words that may not be coherent and sentences that may not make sense but this isn’t about me…
What I write here, I mean in the kindest way.
Today was #blackouttuesday ….
Today millions more posted a black square on their Insta as opposed to the millions less signing one of the countless petitions… This isn’t good enough. To post a black squre but be silent the rest of the time is not good enough. We need to do more. We all should have been doing more all of our white priviledged lives.
I have to say that I was not suprised to see white people posting a black square and then going STRAIGHT back to posting selfies and content that could have been saved for any other day. It’s pathetic.
I love selfies and I love people sharing their lives online. Hell, I do. But one day. Just one day to pause all of that … One day to pause and share only vital and useful information. It comes accros as blatant ignorance. Whether you intended it or not doesn’t matter. It is still part of the problem. If you did this, I am sorry but you are part of the problem… But you can change this. To accept, learn and take action going forward is all we can do.
And to the people who stayed silent? We see you. I wasn’t shocked to find out that those who I predicted to stay silent, they very much did. Those same people are people I have tried to educate before when they have made racist jokes out of their sheer uneducated ignorance.
I’ve always been that person in the conversation to call out racist remarks. Who used kindess and compassion to educate. I see now that although I needed to that, just doing that wasn’t enough. And I am sorry.
From as early as I can remember, I was taught compassion. I was also taught to extend that compassion even further to anyone in a minority because I was born white. I was born automatically more priviledged. This priviledge is nothing to do with wealth by the way or class etc… So don’t get confused. I wasn’t born with with money priviledge, I was born with the colour of my skin being a priviledge. I was born with this priviledge and not born into the world as an automatic target because of the colour of my skin. For many reasons, compassion doesn’t extend to everyone in my generation or those before and after me and it’s a problem. Instead of blocking or unfollowing ignorant or racist people, I feel it is my duty as a white person to extend that compassion and educate. I would rather educate someone and them be educated as opposed to letting them carry on with their racist ways. It’s my job to do that. I post online about things that matter to me. I should have been doing more for the black community. We all should have. Again, I am sorry.
My best friend and sister, Kevwe, is telling people “Google is free”. It isn’t down to her to educate and give you resources. There is enough online. Search the hashtags. Use google.
You don’t need to pester her. What you can do is educate yourself. You can do this in many ways. Start off by listening and sharing her podcast, JistwithJoy which is available on all major streaming platforms.
Then listen to my friend Bekkah‘s podcast, The Black Mindset. Again, available on all major streaming platforms.
You can also listen to the Say Your Mind podcast. And many more. Listen. Share.
More podcasts include:
The Diversity Gap, 1619, About Race, Pod Save the People, Code Switch, Intersectionality Matters!, Pod For The Cause, Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
Educate yourself on white supremacy.
Here are some useful ways to educate yourself:
Write to your Local MP via this handy website:
Follow, support and if you can, donate the following organisations and community groups (to name just a few):
There are many, many more. This is just a start.
Here are some petitions to sign:
Keep an eye out via the Change website for updates and more.
Here are some articles with black-owned business you can buy from in the UK:
To name just a few…..
Here are some books you can read, to name a small number:
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
No Name In The Streets by James Baldwin
Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala
Black Skin, White Masks – Frantz Fanon
Brit(Ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch
There Aint No Black in the Union Jack by Paul Gilroy
You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have To Explain by Pheobe Robinson
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Freedom Is A Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lord
Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Buy one, read it and pass it on… You can do this. Book clubs exist. Do this.
We’re still in Lockdown so use your time wisely and watch these on Netflix:
When They See Us
Dear White People
The Hate U Give
See You Yesterday
Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap
Who Killed Malcom x?
Time: The Kalief Browder Story
Not a huge list, right? Yeah that’s cause the tv and film industry is racist.
Buy merch with proceeds going to the Black Lives Matter Movement:
Watch this video – all ad revenue goes to funerals, bail funds etc…
More useful info:
Of course this is just a small selection of ways to educate yourself.
This is a fight we need to constantly be a part of. We can’t forget about this in a week or two and resume our normal, priviledged lives. We must do more.
If you’re tired of seeing your timelines full of #BlackLivesMatter … Imagine how exhausted you would be if you were black? And had to deal with the racism and fight for your life on a daily basis? If you’re tired of seeing your timeline full then I’m sorry but you are part of the problem, you are not anti-racist. But you can educate yourself. You can change this.
A white person throwing around one Martin Luther King Jr. quote on social media WILL NOT CHANGE ANYTHING. We need to do more.
The world has always needed more kindness and compassion.
Don’t ignore something simply because it makes you feel uncomfortable.
TALK to your racist family and friends. Educate them. Please.
Enough is enough.
BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Educate, be kind, be a positive change.