Standing in solidarity with Black Lives Matter

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Recent events such as the tragic murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as the murder of black trans-people such as Riah Milton and Tony McDade has shown that even today in an era seemingly of progression and acceptance, racism and prejudice still lingers. Some may have the view that this is only an issue in the United States, but this is not the case. In the United Kingdom, there is the case of Sean Rigg, who died at the entrance to Brixton Police station after exaggerated force was used against him by police. Sarah Reed, another case from the UK, was found dead in her prison cell and was the victim of several police brutality attacks in 2012. Not only do these violent acts against the black community need to be brought to attention, but also the more passive ways in which racism has been ingrained into society. We need to end Eurocentric beauty standards and lack of representation. We need to stop erasing history. We need to stop and check our own biases. Rather than just being ‘not racist’, we need to become actively anti-racist. 

Ways to Help

SIGN: Signing and sharing petitions can be an amazing force for change and it only takes a couple of minutes out of your day to do!

DONATE: If you are able to donate, charities which fight against racism and give support and opportunities to disadvantaged communities can create a big change which you can be part of.

READ: If you enjoy a good book or just wish to educate yourself, there is a lot of material you can look at;

  • Reni Eddo-Lodge – Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
  • Ijeoma Oluo – So You Want to Talk About Race
  • Robin Diangelo – White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
  • Ibram X. Kendi – How to be an Antiracist 
  • Toni Morrison – Beloved 
  • Yaa Gyasi – Homegoing
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WATCH: There are many resources you can watch in order to educate yourself on racism and black history. 

  • 13th 
  • When They See Us
  • Strong Island
  • Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson 
  • Becoming
  • Pose

LISTEN: There is so much power in taking the time to just stop and listen. Listen to friends when they speak up on experiences, listen to strangers too. Listen to podcasts and listen to the lyrics of artists speaking up. 

  • Beyoncé – Black Parade 
  • Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar – Freedom
  • H.E.R – I Can’t Breathe 
  • Nina Simone – Strange Fruit
  • Dave – Black
  • Solange – Don’t Touch My Hair
  • Common ft. John Legend – Glory
  • About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge (podcast) 
  • Dope Black Dads (podcast)
  • Slay In Your Lane (podcast)
  • The Nod (podcast) 

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via @emames7 on Instagram 

The Impact Black of Pioneers and Culture on the LGBT+ community

The positive impact the black community has had on our own LGBT+ community is undeniable. So, while we must continue fighting against the system of racism by bringing the negative into light, we must also celebrate the lives of so many black heroes. Transgender rights activist Marsha P. Johnson was seen as one of the most central figures in the Stonewall uprising, fighting against the unjust behaviour and suppressive laws the community faced. With help from Sylvia Rivera, she created an organisation ‘Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries’ or ‘STAR’ to protect queer people who became homeless. Throughout the 90s, she also was an AIDS activist.