Social media is such a valuable tool when it comes to spreading messages, creating alliances and bringing communities together to fight for humanity. But, it’s also full of ignorant, cruel, close-minded individuals who refuse to open their minds to the pain of others. It is full of individuals who refuse to understand how they are also a part of the problem.
It’s not enough to say you’re not racist, you should be ANTI-RACIST!
We live in a world where the people that are meant to protect us are doing the exact opposite, they’re abusing their power and disregarding human life. The black lives matter movement has been neglected for too long! If we don’t try to educate ourselves and the people around us, if we don’t demand change within our societies, then when will this stop?! When will we see a government and a justice system that does not discriminate against people of colour?! How many generations have to endure this suffering?!
It is our job to educate ourselves.
I know I have a lot to learn myself, and I know that many people within the Asian community also have a lot to learn.
We must keep talking, We must keep showing our support, and more importantly, we mustn’t stop until we see change!
BLACK LIVES MATTER!
- Donate to Official George Floyd Memorial Fund.
- Donate to Belly Mujinga’s family, including her daughter.
- Donate to The Minnesota Freedom Fund, which provides funds to pay bail for those protesting in Minnesota.
- Donate to The Bail Project, which provides funds to pay bail for those who have been arrested during the protests.
- Donate to UK Black Lives Matter.
- Donate to Black Lives Matter.
- Donate to the Black LGBTQIA Therapy Fund.
- Donate to the National Memorial Family Fund, for the families of victims of police brutality.
- Donate to The Movement For Black Lives, a global initiative which aims to support Black organisations to conduct conversations about current political conditions.
- Donate to North Star Health Collective, which coordinates and provides healthcare services, resources and training to those protesting in Minnesota.
- Donate to the UK Black Protest Legal Support fund.
- Donate to Unicorn Riot, which supports journalists on the front line.
- Donate to Black Visions Creative, which centres its work to develop Minnesota’s emerging Black leadership to lead powerful campaigns.
- Donate to Reclaim The Block, a grassroots organisation that works to provide the Minneapolis community with the resources they need to thrive.
- Donate to Say Her Name, a campaign that calls attention to police violence against Black women, girls and femmes.
- Donate to Black Journalists’ Therapy Relief Fund.
- To demand justice for George Floyd, you can sign the petition here.
- To demand that the police officers involved with George Floyd’s death are arrested and charged with second degree murder, you can sign the petition here.
- To demand the immediate arrest of the three officers who were present when Chauvin kneeled on George Floyd’s neck, sign the petition here.
- To demand justice for Belly Mujinga, the railway worker who died from coronavirus after she was spat on by a man claiming to have COVID-19, you can sign the petition here.
- You can also email your MP to ask them to support further investigation into Mujinga’s death. You can find the template here. You can find your local MP’s contact details here.
- To demand justice for Breonna Taylor, the black emergency medical technician who was fatally shot in her apartment by the Louisville Metro Police Department, sign the petition here.
- To demand the UK government publishes and delivers actionable results relating to the BAME COVID report, you can write to your MP. You can find your local MP’s contact details here.
- To demand the UK takes a stand against police brutality and racism, use this email template to write to your MP here. You can find your local MP’s contact details here.
- To demand the suspension of UK exportation of crowd control weapons to the US, sign the petition here. You can also write to your MP using this email template here. You can find your local MP’s contact details here.
Books to Read:
- Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff
- Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala
- Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri
- Brit-ish: On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch
- How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Feminism, Interrupted by Lola Olufemi
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- White Tears, Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad
Films to Watch:
- When They See Us
- I Am Not Your Negro Selma
- The Hate U Give
- If Beale Street Could Talk
- Just Mercy
- Fruitvale Station
- Mississippi Masala
- Malcom X
- 12 Years A Slave
- Get Out
- A Birth of a Nation
- Hidden Figures