Black Lives Matter

I’ve been trying to put into words what is happening all over the world right now, especially in America. This is too big to stay quiet! House music originated from the black community, we have so much to thank our black brothers and sisters for, and yet they have been fighting for equality for the past 400 years! After the murder of George Floyd last week, enough is enough! It’s time for us ALL to make a stand. To anyone who is saying “All Lives Matter” please read this post from BILLIE EILISH.

 

Yesterday, my newsfeed was full of black squares for #BlackoutTuesday. It’s amazing to see so many people standing together and supporting the movement but a black square isn’t going to put a stop to what has been going on for centuries. We need to do more! Here’s how…

 

DONATE

The Floyd family have set up a GoFundMe page to help cover costs for his memorial and burial and to support them during this horrific time. Donating to this page is a tangible way to provide support for a family going through the worst imaginable time. You can donate from anywhere in the world.

 

SIGN THE PETITION

This petition is trying to reach the attention of Mayor Jacob Frey and DA Mike Freeman to beg the officers involved in this disgusting situation fired and for charges to be filed immediately.

 

DO YOUR RESEARCH

When tragedies like this occur, white people who want to help (and mean well) often go straight to the black people in their life and ask for guidance. While this may seem like the sensible thing to do – asking black people what they need from us – it’s actually asking black people for their labour, for free, when there are plenty of resources on online, in books and on social media that we could use to educate ourselves. Do the work, read up on these issues and then come back to the conversation with that knowledge behind you.

Recommended reading includes: “Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge and ‘Me And White Supremacy” by Layla F Saad.

 

TALK TO THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE

Family members and loved ones who don’t use social media will not be as aware of these cases as they could be – it’s important to bring them into the conversation. They may be misinformed or could be getting their info on these issues from unreliable sources that are warping their opinions, including them in these discussions opens them up to combatting racism in their own lives and will hopefully help them be more crucial of the content they consume. It’s important to have these conversations because the work starts at home!

 

YOU WILL SAY AND DO THE WRONG THING

No one will get everything right all the time. When you slip up and you’re called out on it, don’t trip over yourself trying to prove how un-racist you are and why you would never normally do something like that. You did it, and it’s done now, so do the work to make up for it. Apologise fully without making it all about you, take your time to explore why it happened and carry that with you in future.