BLM - What can we do?
Racism is an ongoing issue worldwide. There are ways that we can help and also educate ourselves to improve our knowledge when discussing issues in racism. So what can we do?
Donate to Anti-Racism Campaigns
Black Lives matter (BLM) was created to support the black community that faces this issue every day. There are unfortunate incidents that puts black lives and social rights in danger. The black community in the UK has to fight this racial injustice and we can use our voices to support them. You can take part locally and find communities that have active anti-racist campaigns.
How can you help?
Donate - If you can, donate to organisations that are fighting for racial justice. Here are a couple that are doing important work in the UK and are very close to our hearts
1. BLM UK - they are not part of the Black Lives Matter organisation in the US, but have an importance in advocating for the black community in the UK and “stand together in solidarity demanding equal human rights, racial equality, social and criminal justice”
2. Love Music Hate Racism - Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) uses the positive music scene to promote unity and celebrate diversity through education and events.
3. QTIPOC organisations – Stonewall (click on link) have listed some of the organisations, community groups and social spaces that are creating work and support for QTIPOC (Queer, Trans, Intersex People of Colour) people in the UK.
Educate yourself and learn how to be actively anti-racist.
“In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, you must anti-racist"- Angela Davis. It is important for us to commit to learn about past and present systemic and institutional racism in our societies and strive to stand up against it in every aspect of our lives. There are some incredible, extensive reading lists that can serve as a starting point. It’s up to every individual to make it a priority in their lives.
- Black and British by David Olusaga.
- A rich and revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa.
- Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
- Essays examining various aspects of “our culture and how we consume it” from race and gender representations in pop culture to the gaping blind spots of what we call “diversity”.
- Why I’m Not Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, to the inextricable link between class and race.