I’ve tried to write this post a handful of times and nothing seems to sit right and that’s because this topic, this situation, this conversation doesn’t sit right with me and shouldn’t sit right with anybody.
Today’s post was meant to be part of my ‘returning to my blog’ series and it was going to outline what you can expect from me on my re-vamped platform. One of my points was that I was going to speak out more on my blog, and I wouldn’t be doing that if I didn’t write about this.
Black lives matter. They have always mattered. they will always matter.
Trigger warning//police brutality, violent racist acts. If I have written anything you deem ignorant, inaccurate or insensitive please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment and I will make the appropriate edits. Credits to the images I've used have been linked.
The murder of George Floyd is not the first to hit our headlines and cause outrage, once again sparking the Black Lives Matter movement among people of backgrounds who are fortunate enough to not have to think about it daily. It should not take another death of an innocent black civilian to reignite the movement. We should not wait for black people to die before we decide to be proactive.
Innocent black people are killed by the US police force regularly. Heartbreakingly nothing seems to change. Due to this, America is painted as the horror story that it is.
We cannot ignore that similar things happen in the UK. In our hospitals, black women are more likely to die during childbirth; of our frontline NHS workers, people of colour are more likely to die from Coronavirus than a white colleague; Belly Mujinga died from Coronavirus only weeks ago after being spat on while at work - the British Transport Police have not taken this case further; as I write this post I’ve just seen a video of a black British male being violently wrestled to the ground by two policemen, while his friend pleads them to stop.
As a white 20-year-old who lives in a predominantly white area, it is easy to feel helpless.
But I am not helpless. None of use are. Sign the petitions, make the donations, be aware of your own privilege and use it for good.
We must not turn a blind eye
There are not enough words to express the anguish, anger, pain, heartbreak and guilt I feel for what happened to George Floyd, Oscar Grant, Belly Mujinga, Terence Crutcher, Stephen Lawrence, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner… the list goes on. There should not be a list in the first place.
Use your voice
I don’t care what your Instagram feed looks like, who your followers are or what your niche is, these are real world problems that need addressing and fighting. “If you are neutral in situations of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” We should not be celebrated or praised for using our voices, it should be the absolute bare minimum; I will be doing whatever I can to use my voice and make a difference.
After writing this post, a few blogger friends and I came together and decided to host a raffle with all profits being donated to Black Lives Matter. At the time of writing, we are reaching out to small businesses to see if they can donate anything. If you are a small business or know someone who runs a small business who is willing to donate, please get in touch. I will link to the raffle once it has been organised.
Update: Ad revenue and income from sponsored posts and affiliate links throughout the month of June will be donated to Black Lives Matter US and UK. If you personally can't donate, clicking on my ads will act as a donation.