Have you ever felt stereotyped just because of the colour of your skin? Have you ever felt unsafe in the streets because you never know when you may be targeted? Well…
Maybe you have or perhaps you haven’t, if you are white (Caucasian ), whether you like it or not you have something called ‘White Privilege’, now this does not mean your life is simple or that you have no personal issues, it just means you don’t have to constantly fear your safety because of your skin colour. You don’t have to worry about police brutality or that you will be killed mercilessly simply because your black.
GEORGE FLOYD …. I’m sure many of you have heard this name in the media recently. On the 25th may 2020 George Floyd was heartlessly killed by a white cop in Minneapolis. Although Floyd wasn’t resisting the officer knelt on his neck with his knee, while he desperately pleaded for him to stop. ‘I can’t breathe!’ he said, one of his very last words before his body gave in and became lifeless. And just like that another name was added to the list of black people killed because of racism. It’s 2020 and society still can’t comprehend that the colour of your skin isn’t an excuse to kill. George Floyd isn’t just another name though, he was a person, he had family and friends, and he had a little girl . His daughter who after that day will never see her dad again , who will only remember him by pictures . But despite her dad being killed she still smiles and said ‘Daddy changed the world.’…. you may not be black but fight for us, you may not be black but stand with us, and you may not be black but help us !!!!.
His killer isn’t even being charged with first degree murder or a life sentence in prison. Which just goes to show how unjust the system is, and this is all due to the lack of care by the people who are running our countries, our governments, our prime minister’s and our King’s and Queen’s, for example when protests erupted outside the White House . Donald trump hid in his bunker instead of facing the issue at hand, and for the first time since 9/11 the light of the white house were shut. Can’t you see that if we don’t take a stand there will never be change? If we don’t speak up we will not progress and if we don’t protest then we won’t raise awareness. And not only in America, the UK isn’t innocent either the conservatives have constantly been shown to be racist. In 1978 Thatcher said ” people (in Britain) are rather afraid that this country might be swamped with people with a different culture ” , in 2002 Johnson described black people as ‘piccaninnies’ with ‘watermelon smiles’ and no disciplinary action was taken, and our current PM Boris Johnson compared muslim women who wear burqas to ‘letter boxes’ and ‘bank robbers’.
BLACK LIVES MATTER.. A movement created to get justice for black people. Yes all lives matter but if all lives truly mattered black people wouldn’t be fighting and protesting right now in order to be apart of this category, so clearly ‘all lives matter’ is simply just a lie, since not all lives are accounted for, all black people are asking for is for you to raise your fists in solidarity and help them achieve the rights you already have. Let us be the generation that makes a change, the generation thats stops mothers crying from losing their children. After centuries of black people being oppressed surely this is the time for a change, to get rid of any last racism that is in modern day society .
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
- SIGN PETITIONS!!!
- RAISE AWARNESS, continue posting on social media and sharing with friends and family.
- books you can read … why I’m no longer here talking to white people about racism by Reni Eddo-Lodge ….. me and white supremacy by Layla F Saad ….. white fragility by Robin Diangelo
BLACK LIVES MATTER NOT JUST WHEN SOMEONE IS KILLED. NOT JUST WHEN IT LOOKS GOOD FOR YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGE. NOT JUST WHEN IT’S A TREND. BLACK LIVES MATTER EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY!!!! BLACK WILL FOREVER BE BEAUTIFUL.
“It is not enough to be not racist, you must be actively anti racist” – Angela Davis