This post was originally meant to be very different but after reading posts from several people I decided I did not want to place myself in the middle of the debate. This is a time for the right people to be heard and because of this I have compiled some links which I have found useful during this frustrating and heart-wrenching time.
2020 will be written about for years to come. Your children, their children and even their children will be taught in school about the nearly war between the USA and Iran, the Australian wild fires and of course the global pandemic we are all facing. One topic which could easily be swept under the carpet of white privilege is the #blacklivesmatter movement sweeping not only the streets of America, but large parts of the world. This is the event of 2020 that must have a positive outcome so that the future generations can learn of how the world came together to enforce change. But in order for that to happen, we must act now. This post serves as a means for finding resources and information you will need to educate yourself and others of the racial issues black people face in our society today.
Black Lives Matter Website:
This website will provide you with key up-to-date articles which detail the events happening around us. There are links to donate to the cause and areas on the website which allow you to educate yourself with regard to the suffering black people face globally.
New York Times Reading List: The books that make up this list are aimed mostly at the history of America and the racial issues the country has faced since the very first settlers made their way to American soil.
Zoe Amira’s YouTube Video: If you are short on funds and cannot donate then click the video below to help fund the #BLM cause. Zoe’s video features adverts which will generate revenue when they are watched so for once you don’t need to skip the ads as they will be a great help.
Jane Mount’s Reading List:
Sign a petition: Change.org’s most signed petition can be found here.
Campaign Zero: This website was launched with the aim of ending unnecessary Police brutality against the black communities of America and can be found by following this link.
If reading isn’t your thing then here are some Netflix shows: Who Killed Malcom X?, Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap (US Only, I believe), 13th and When They See Us.
Or even podcasts: Momentum: A Race Forward, About Race, Code: Switch NPR. All podcasts should be available on your device’s media store.
If you’re in the UK you might be watching the events in America unfold and thinking “glad I don’t live there”. What you may not know is that similar events happen in our country too and we have a duty to raise awareness of the hardship British black people face under our very noses. Our country has been at the heart of slavery, oppression of ethnic minorities and the exploitation of foreign territories in its past but examples of which you may not have heard of. As I have alluded to in the title, educating yourself is the one of the most crucial steps in pushing for change. Understanding the problems is the beginning, spreading awareness comes next. There are a host of articles that can help you understand how Britain have played, and to some extent still do play, a negative role in this debate. The British Empire is thrown around by politicians today as a way of instilling pride, glory and patriotism in our country when, in fact, the whole premise it was built upon falls foul of our morals today.
I would encourage you to research Britain’s foreign policies during the height of empire and to read about the various mutinies, revolts and wars the empire was engaged in. Some key events to read about are: The Sepoy Mutiny 1857 (India), The Opium Wars (China), Amritsar Massacre 1919 (India) and their acts of slavery in the Caribbean between the years of 1662-1807.
Jumping back to today, there has been the creation of the hashtag “say their names” which lists 1,500 black British men and women, alongside those in America, who have experienced similar or the same prejudice and horrifying treatment. Search this hashtag and educate yourself on the events within our country as we have as much to answer for as anyone else.
I’d like to leave you with these two short videos, the first shot in America on 2nd June 2020, and the second a viral video I have seen on Twitter. Just remember racism is taught in our societies; humans are not born racist, as the final video will prove.
Read, Research and Educate.