My blog doesn’t have a huge audience, but I think it’s important that we all use whatever platform we have to speak out about racism and police brutality.
Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on 25th May, protests have been taking place in all 50 states in the USA and the rest of the world. Although George Floyd’s murder at the hands of the police occurred in the USA, racism and police brutality are not an exclusively “American” issue, which is why we need to take action, regardless of where we are from.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve seen a lot of information on what can be done to help, and I thought it might be useful to make a list of different things you can do from the UK (or anywhere). Remember, it is not enough to simply ‘not be racist’. We have to be loudly anti-racist and take meaningful actions to bring about real change.
Here are a few things you can do:
- Sign Petitions. This is the quickest and easiest thing to do, and there are a tonne of petitions out there to sign. I’m going to share a good link I’ve found containing a huge list of these at the end of this post.
- Donate. There are many places you can donate to if you are able to do so. You can donate directly to funds for the families of the victims of police brutality, bail funds for protesters, organisations and campaigns or to black-owned businesses that have been damaged in the protests. There are even ways to donate with no money by watching YouTube videos or streaming a playlist where funds from ads are being donated.
- Be vocal. Speak up loudly against racism and do not stop once Black Lives Matter is no longer ‘trending’. Continue educating yourself and recognising how you may have been complicit in racism yourself, calling out any racism you witness and supporting black-owned businesses. Don’t support brands who aren’t inclusive. Real systematic change will not happen if everyone forgets once the social media ‘trend’ is over. Just speak up. Many white people are scared of saying ‘the wrong thing’, but the worst thing to do is to say nothing. If you get it wrong, learn from it and make yourself better. Don’t just stay quiet.
- Support black-owned businesses, creators and influencers.
- Use your platform. Big or small, everyone should be using whatever platform they have to take a stand against racism in every form. Every voice truly matters.
Change must happen, and now is the time to do everything in our power. I was going to share a tonne of links to useful resources in this post, but I came across this amazing website that contains links to a whole host of petitions, donation pages, organisations and loads more all in one place, so I thought sharing this will probably be more useful. Click here to see.
This is by no means an exhaustive list; of course there will be so much I haven’t covered here, so if you know of any other useful links or resources please let me know.