Wednesday, 13 July 2016

We Have To Speak Up

At the time of writing this, hundreds of black citizens have been killed by the US Police Force for no good reason. Michael Brown, Philandro Castile, Alton Sterling, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Kimani Gray, Kathryn Johnston, Sean Bell, Rekia Boyd, Amadou Diallo, Kenneth Chamberlain, Tamir Rice, Aiyana Stanley-Jones and Freddie Gray. All killed by the people that are supposed to be protecting US citizens rather than murdering them. Sean was shot on the morning of his wedding, Kimani was 16, Tamir was 12, Aiyana was 7. There are so many stories like this, black citizens are being stripped of their right to life without any form of trial and the police officers committing these murders are getting away with it. The brutality being inflicted is absolutely disgusting and the consequences are that young people of colour have good reason to feel afraid every single day. Most recently Philandro Castile was shot in his car even when he was following all of the police instructions. Now I've just heard that DeRay McKesson, Black Lives Matter leader and ex mayoral candidate for Baltimore, has been arrested at a Black Lives Matter Protest for apparently no real reason (he was tweeting beforehand that the cops present were acting violently and being the aggressors in the situation). It just goes on and on and on. 

I wanted to write this post after seeing MyNamesChai's passionate video asking YouTube creators to stand up and say something about this horrific injustice. I come from a place of immense privilege for so many reasons so I really want to use this platform to boost the voices of others. I want to make a place on my blog where I could link to places where people can start to learn more about this huge issue. It's not for me to educate people on this but if you want to find out more about movements like Black Lives Matter and educate yourself, here are a few places that I go to understand things better so I can be a better ally to the cause:

DeRay McKesson (@deray) He's one of the leading activists for BLM and is always tweeting links to great political articles. He has such a strong presence on Twitter and my feed is all the better for it. 

Black Lives Matter (x) This movement started as a result of George Zimmerman being acquitted of the murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin and Trayvon being posthumously placed on trial for his own murder. It's ridiculous that we should even need to state that the lives of black people matter but there are so many police officers that clearly disagree and are prepared to cut lives short however they please. It's a very important movement and one we should all support.

This masterpost. A great way to understand the arguments including all about systemic racism and white privilege. 

Jesse Williams Breaks Down Police Brutality and American Racism in 3 Minutes (x)

What You Can Do Right Now About Police Brutality (x) For those who live in the US to help make change

Nathan Zedd's video "Watch This Video If I Die (Or Till That Happens)" (x) 

Teen Vogue's Twitter (@teen vogue) They're doing an amazing job right now at getting information about BLM out there and just generally being a positive force on social media.

This is just a few sources that I think are great so it's a starting point and I'd really encourage you to read further into this issue. I'm going to try and update this post with more sources as and when I remember them or find them. Please help boost the voices of those affected by these issues by filling up your social media feeds with those diverse voices and retweet often. I really hope this post is just a drop in the ocean because many more people on the internet decide to use their voices to speak up about this issue. We can't stay silent on this when people are dying due to the colour of their skin at the hands of those who were meant to protect them. 

To Non-Black readers, recognise your privilege, amplify the voices of others and recognise that racism is real and touches every part of the Western world in some way. We have to help our brothers and sisters in the black community both in the UK and US.

I wrote this post to raise even just a tiny bit more awareness for this issue and probably should have written it a lot earlier. I hope it was somewhat helpful.

Hattie xo

1 comment:

  1. This is such an important, and incredible post. Love you xxx


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