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Rest in Peace George Floyd and all others we lost through police & racist brutality

I wasn’t going to blog today but I realised that I have a platform to educate, enlighten and inform – so if this post helps just one person understand the movement better, that’s good enough for me…

This is an international problem, not just an American problem

The disturbing truth is that 2020 years in, the issue of racism still exists. The fact that there isn’t any sign of it seemingly ending is worrying and disgusting all the same.

What does it take to be a decent human who accepts everyone as they are, for who they are? How hard is it not to oppress, not discriminate, not be a cruel, heartless and brutally-minded person? How hard is to be a decent, ‘normal‘ human?

The reality is – we all have a choice. We all have a choice to educate ourselves – and more importantly – to do and be better.

Below is a video clearly showing a Caucasian child and a black child greeting each other with a warm hug. The moral of the story is, nobody is born racist. Racism is taught. Therefore, love and acceptance of race can be taught too.

‘Why isn’t it?’ I hear you ask… Well, it would seem the world is a corrupt place. It’s up to us to change that. The more we speak up, the more we open up, the more we sign petitions, the closer we will be to making a change. Please. Don’t. Loot.

Ways to get involved with supporting the black community

  1. Donate to bail funds
  2. Donate to the Black Lives Matter Initiative
  3. Support minority owned businesses
  4. Sign a petition
  5. Educate yourself
  6. Follow BLM updates handles on social-media

It’s sickening to see what’s happening in America… But, the reality is, this was a ticking time-bomb… It was only a matter of time before the world revolted and decided ‘enough is enough’.

Racism shouldn’t be welcomed anywhere, least of all in society. The most beautiful thing to come out of what’s happening in the US, is seeing the solidarity between nations.

Although it seems like the world has come a long way since the awful days of slavery, disturbing racism videos prove that it’s very much still alive – and we as a society have a long way to go to get to the place where there is ethnic unity…

I, along with the rest of the world (population of which understand that racism isn’t moral or ethically correct) really don’t want George Floyd’s death to be just another statistic. We want his case to be brought to justice, and for this to be the end of both police and wider-world brutality.

We stand with the black community. We fight for the black community.

Earth would not be its beautiful, continental, and exotic self (excluding the bullies and barbarians) without the black community. The black community deserves better.

If you’d like to be better educated about the subject, see below for a list of useful resources.

Want to sign a petition?

Colour of Change petition to charge all officers involved with George Floyds murder be charged with murder

Change.org petition for jusitce for George Floyd

Black Lives Matter, two petitions you can sign to help black communities dealing with coronavirus and demanding racial data.

Want to donate?

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund Go Fund Me Page

List of funds for victims from Black Lives Matter

List of ways you can donate to help protestors

Important places you can donate to including the BLM Fund

Want to peacefully protest in the UK?

UK Protest Information

What to bring and wear to a protest

Brighton Protest Information

Want to listen and educate yourself about racism by listening to a podcast?

Code: Switch NPR – “Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on.” Explores everything from pop culture, to politics, to sport. Race impacts every part of life.

Momentum: A Race Forward – Features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice.

Intersectionality Matters! – Intersectionality Matters! is a podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory.

About Race – Hosted by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Nova Reid and Vicki & Selina from loveprojectlove – A powerful conversation about race, racism and white privilege with Nova Reid

Want to read and educate yourself about racism?

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. Reni is also asking people who buy her book to purchase from small independent sellers or better yet borrow from a friend and spend the money on donating.

Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World by Layla F. Saad.

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. Find Robin’s other literature, podcasts, articles and more here.

I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Braithwaite

So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Race Matters by Cornel West

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a world made for whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

Want to watch and educate yourself about racism?

When They See Us – Netflix – “Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story”

I Am Not Your Negro – Documentary Amazon – “The memoir recounts the lives of James Baldwin’s close friends and civil rights leaders Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers.”

Dear White People – Netflix

The Hate U Give -Hulu

What happens when I try to talk race with white people – YouTube – Insightful short video featuring Renni Eddo-Lodge (author of Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race) that sums up the issues when discussing racism with white people.

White People, Enough: A Look at Power and Control | Jaelyn Coates | TEDxCSU

Let’s get to the root of racial injustice | Megan Ming Francis | TEDxRainier

Not all Superheros wear capes-how you have the power to change the world | Nova Reid | TEDxFrankfurt

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