Black Lives Matter and You

The worlds gone to shit, it’s official. Being in the midst of a pandemic has made that all the more clear. We have less distractions whilst we’re in quarantine and that’s why our anger has so much volume this time

Things are not good. We protested in 2015 and it’s still the same. The Central Park Five where falsely and unlawfully convicted in 1989 and now we see them protesting and rioting with us. Nothing has changed.

They don’t respond to peace so we have to bring the violence.

I’m not an African American, but I am angry because I could’ve been an African American. I’m just lucky enough that my parents chose to exist in a country that doesn’t need to reform its gun laws.

Every single black person in the UK is lucky that hand guns aren’t lawful here or we would be in the same boat.

My little brother could’ve been Trayvon if we had the right to bear arms and “stand our ground”.

What worries me the most about the current state we are in is the inevitability of it.

White people have been taught to feel like they are superior to us. They have been taught that they deserve all the privileges because they have “built” the system in which we all exist in.

It annoys me that I live in a country that colonised 80 other nations but the natives have barely any knowledge of how this benefits them to this day.

Most if not all western countries grew to where they are today because of the labour of black people.

The Windrush generation was invited here to help with the post war efforts but the government was deporting them and completely disregarding their contributions to the country

We have been misinformed that we exist in a meritocracy when we exist in a nepotistic and cronyistic state.

“It’s not what you know it’s who you know” right?

How many business graduates regurgitate that tweet? I’ll tell you, countless of them because that’s the truth of the world.

You can be the most talented,gifted and intelligent person in the world but if you don’t know the right people, you will not get anywhere.

#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matters mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, they are winning immediate improvements in our lives.

Black Lives Matter is about making sure those of us in the most need get the assistance and justice they deserve.

This is why All Lives Matter is such an offensive term. By saying All Lives Matter you are disregarding the blatant mistreatment of black people and the hands of the state and racist people.

If you’re finding it hard to grasp that here’s a few images to explain what it is we mean when we say All Lives Matter is offensive

Of course all lives matter but our society has a long history of treating some people as less valuable than others.

Study after study has confirmed that in equivalent situations, Black people are treated with deadly force far more often than White people, and authorities held less accountable.

BlackLivesMatter is not a statement about white people. It does not exclude white people. It does not accuse white people unless you are a specific white person who perpetuates, endorses or ignores violence against black people. If you are one of those people, then somebody had better be saying something to you.

If you find yourself getting offended by the movement. Take a long hard look at yourself because that is a personal problem and it’s above us now.

The best way to show solidarity with our American brothers and sisters and to support the movement in countries like ours (The UK) is by supporting your local grassrooots movements and charities and by signing petitions and contacting your local MP.

Black Lives Matter UK. They have a global website that they share with the Canadian and US chapters of the charity https://blacklivesmatter.com/ but you can donate directly to the UK by using this link https://t.co/jaET8jtkBU?amp=1

Show Racism The Red Card https://www.theredcard.org/ they provide educational workshops to schools, corporations and many more to tackle racism and its effects in the UK

Runnymede Trust – they ran a campaign to End Racism This Generation. Donations towards the campaign are still being accepted on their website https://www.runnymedetrust.org/projects-and-publications/parliament/past-

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust – a trust set up after it took almost 2 decades for the murders of Stephen Lawrence to be brought to justice. The trust now focuses working with people from the age of 13-30 from disadvantaged backgrounds to inspire them to succeed in their career choice https://www.stephenlawrence.org.uk/

Stand Up to Racism- a collective of anti racists who focus on protesting injustices and highlighting that the majority is anti racist and the minority in power are perpetuating the racist state https://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/

Southhall Black Sisters– a non profit all Sian organisation that focuses on assuring women from black and ethnic minorities to escape form domestic violence and abuse https://southallblacksisters.org.uk/

SARI- Stand Against Racism and Inequality – they provide support for victims of any type of hate crime. Including faith based hate crime https://www.sariweb.org.uk/

Here is a petition currently being pushed by Black Lives Matter https://blacklivesmatter.com/defundthepolice/

And how to find out who your local MP is https://members.parliament.uk/members/Commons

And a final word from me. Let’s not forget that whilst we are protesting that ALL Black Lives Matter. So let’s take what that Dr Umar says with a pinch of salt because when I am protesting about Black Lives Matter I am protesting for LGBTQ Black Lives too.

Xoxo Tawana

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