BLACK LIVES MATTER …. White people, we must educate ourselves.

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.

Google it.

Here are some useful ways to educate yourself:

https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S5uckFHCA_XZkxG0Zg5U4GQGbY_RklZARwu43fqJH0E/mobilebasic

https://docs.google.com/document/d/11DKdCd4AUmwcG6igDLz9rlYJcdrJzGP6cmy3s7gNgDQ/mobilebasic

https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0Bz011IF2Pu9TUWIxVWxybGJ1Ync


Write to your Local MP via this handy website:

https://www.writetothem.com/


Follow, support and if you can, donate the following organisations and community groups (to name just a few):

https://twitter.com/ukblm

http://raceequalityfirst.org/

http://www.discriminationlaw.org.uk/

https://www.sariweb.org.uk/

https://www.crer.scot/

https://www.runnymedetrust.org/

https://www.kickitout.org/

https://www.stephenlawrence.org.uk/

https://www.theredcard.org/

https://www.stophateuk.org/

https://www.blackwomensblueprint.org/

https://unitedwedream.org/

https://antiracismcenter.com/

https://alp.org/

https://colorofchange.org/

https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/

https://kwanda.co/

https://www.guap.co.uk/blog/2019/09/28/milkhoneybees-a-platform-that-provides-young-women-with-a-safe-place-like-no-other/#:~:text=Milk%20%26%20Honey%3A%20A%20Platform%20That%20Provides%20Young%20Women%20With%20A,Safe%20Place%20Like%20No%20Other&text=Ebinehita%20Iyere%2C%20Lead%20Project%20Co,where%20she%20identified%20a%20gap.

https://generatinggenius.org.uk/

http://www.volunteerpeckham.org.uk/pem-people

https://www.reachoutuk.org/

https://www.stepnow.co.uk/

https://www.moretalkmoreaction.com/

https://www.4frontproject.org/

There are many, many more. This is just a start.


Here are some petitions to sign:

https://www.change.org/p/andy-beshear-justice-for-breonna-taylor

https://www.change.org/p/governor-brian-kemp-justice-for-ahmaud-arbery

https://www.change.org/p/department-of-justice-mandatory-life-sentence-for-police-brutality

https://www.change.org/p/civil-rights-movement-george-floyd-say-my-name?source_location=petitions_browse

https://www.change.org/p/minnesota-police-department-justice-for-george-floyd?source_location=petitions_browse

https://www.change.org/p/department-of-education-battle-racism-by-updating-reading-lists-at-gcse?source_location=petitions_browse

https://www.change.org/p/uk-national-government-a-national-period-of-rememberance-for-victims-of-slavery-and-racial-injustice?source_location=petitions_browse

https://www.change.org/p/gavin-williamson-make-white-privilege-and-systemic-racism-a-compulsory-part-of-the-british-education-course?source_location=petitions_browse

https://www.change.org/p/gavin-williamson-mp-teach-british-children-about-the-realities-of-british-imperialism-and-colonialism?source_location=petitions_browse

https://www.change.org/p/suspend-uk-export-of-tear-gas-rubber-bullets-and-riot-shields-to-usa?source_location=petitions_browse

https://www.change.org/p/uk-government-stop-the-illegal-export-of-riot-equipment-to-the-united-states-from-the-uk?source_location=petitions_browse

https://www.change.org/p/bame-leadership-a-demand-for-a-covid-19-race-equality-strategy?source_location=petitions_browse

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:

https://www.anothermag.com/fashion-beauty/12570/black-british-owned-businesses-to-buy-from-now-fashion-beauty-design-lifestyle

https://www.bustle.com/p/black-owned-uk-businesses-to-buy-from-22947431

https://www.elle.com/uk/fashion/g32727342/black-owned-fashion-brands/

https://medium.com/verve-up/ten-british-black-owned-beauty-brands-challenging-south-asian-male-dominance-of-the-uk-black-beauty-8e9922c7fd1d

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 MasksFrantz 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

13th

Hello Priviledge

The Hate U Give

See You Yesterday

American Son

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:

https://www.loatheasone.co.uk/product/black-lives-matter-tee/

https://therainsupply.com/


Watch this video – all ad revenue goes to funerals, bail funds etc…

https://t.co/kk2KasBERM?amp=1


More useful info:

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#comps


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.


El xxx

 

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