Thousands of protestors took to the streets of London, Cardiff and Manchester this weekend, marching in solidarity with demonstrators across the United States, and demanding justice for African Americans murdered by police brutality.
These protests come in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man murdered by a white police officer in Minnesota last Monday. Floyd’s death, captured on film by stunned onlookers, was only the first last week, in a seemingly endless onslaught of racist abuse and killings by the police; Tony McDade, a black transgender man was fatally shot by police in Florida on Wednesday 27th May.
This weekend’s London protests saw gatherings at Downing Street, Trafalgar Square and outside the US Embassy in Battersea. Black Lives Matter protestors all over America and the globe were met with strong resistance from police, who brought riot shields, tear gas and rubber bullets to the crowds.
As these anti-racism protests continue, we all must acknowledge that these killings and injustices are the result of generations of systematic racism within not only law enforcement, but our education systems, our workplaces and every inch of our societies.
It is essential to recognise the harms and aggressions that black people are subjected to on a daily basis and work to fight these injustices. As we continue to put pressure on our leaders and communities, it's more important than ever for white and non-black people of colour to educate ourselves on the struggles and oppressions that black people are forced to endure, we must do the work to educate ourselves and do better.
Allyship and activism must remain, we must continue the conversation online and off, long after the last rock is thrown, the last headline is written and the last police officer charged.
We have compiled a list of great resources for you to follow, read and recommend to those around you. It is not the responsibility or job of BAME individuals to educate about racial injustice, the work is out there for us to read and learn. A lot of the activists on this list put their work on social platforms for free, check their profiles for CashApp or PayPal links to donate and support their work.
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Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by @renieddolodge
Me And White Supremacy by @laylafsaad
Brit(Ish) by @afuahirsch
White Women Fear by @marjon_carlos
Natives by @akalamusic
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla
Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials and The Meaning of Grime by Jeffrey Boakye
Ericka Hart: @ihartericka
Rachel Elizabeth Cargle: @rachel.cargle
No White Saviors: @nowhitesaviors
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It's not enough to stand in solidarity and vocalise support. Donate to legal and bailout funds, change your hiring policies and support black businesses. Recognise your behaviour and biases and make yourself uncomfortable. We've compiled a list of great organisations you can put your money behind and support black and brown people fighting racism on the ground, in the media and at the polls.
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Here are some UK based organisations you can support:
1. The United Families And Friends Campaign (UFFC) A coalition of campaigns by those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody. < Website >
Check out other ways Ubele is supporting BAME communities through the pandemic. < Learn More >
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Here are some organisations in the USA you can support:
1. The George Floyd Memorial Fund
The family of George Floyd are raising money to cover funeral expenses, travel and lodging for court proceedings, counselling for the family and education for his daughter Gianna. < GoFundMe Campaign >
2. Black Lives Matter @blklivesmatter
Donate directly to the Black Lives Matter Global Network, and their “ongoing fight to end state-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people, and end white supremacy forever”. Donate here.
3. Know Your Rights Camp @yourrightscamp
Colin Kaepernick’s campaign raises awareness for BAME youth interactions with law enforcement. Kaepernick has expanded to launch a Legal Defence Initiative to support people and protestors on the ground. Visit their website to donate, or if you need legal assistance.
4. Minnesota Freedom Fund @mnfreedomfund
A community based non-profit offering support and financial aid to incarcerated individuals who cannot afford bail. https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/
5. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) @aclu
Non-profit legal advocacy group, working to “defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.” < website >
6. Fair Fight @fairfightaction
Georgia based organisation fighting for free and fair elections. < website >
7. Committee To Protect Journalists @cpj
An American non-profit defending journalists and freedom of the press, worldwide. < website >
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Artwork courtesy of Nikkolas Smith
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Words: Sabrina Soormally
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