On Tuesday 2nd June 2020, many of us woke up to a sea of black tiles, a moment many called a digital protest to acknowledge the injustices we have witnessed for decades however on this day, something felt different. A glimmer of hope, a sense of change. Compelled to write a few words in an attempt to express my own conflicting thoughts, emotions and general frustrations, I found myself writing an open letter to the few (or perhaps the many) who have struggled to realise how prevalent the ‘r’ word really is… even in the UK.
MY OPEN LETTER.
It is written that we are all made in his image…
And yet, we continue to see our brothers and sisters falling victim to injustice day after day, year after year. Black Lives Matter is more than a trending topic, but a movement following the result of systems that have been designed unfairly for centuries
I don’t know what you believe, but…
Surely you believe, that no matter the colour of one’s complexion, we all deserve the same opportunities.
Surely you believe it could break a father’s heart when, in an attempt to build a comfortable life for his family, three police cars trail him on his way to work, just because his complexion doesn’t match those around him. (Believe it or not, this didn’t happen in America, but in Kent).
Surely you believe there’s something wrong when our schools talk about black history, but it begins with the slave trade. What about the civilisations and communities we built that inspired those of Rome?
Surely you believe we are teaching prejudice when we continue to label some as thugs, animals and barbaric, but others as ‘just a few bad apples’.
Surely you believe there’s something wrong with our society if some have to contemplate changing their surname, just to get a seat at the table.
Surely you believe one’s life shouldn’t be cut short because the colour of their skin ‘matches a description’.
Surely you believe, something is wrong with the world when someone is refused their right to simply breathe.
Surely you believe, that some of us are tired, speechless, angry and frustrated because we are still wondering when will they truly understand, when will this stop.
It may not stop tomorrow, but the challenging conversations and time dedicated to listen, read and re-learn the stories of old throughout history needs to start today.
“Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life”
How can I support the movement and the black community?
We got you…
For the lovers of knowledge and the written word, start your re-learning with the help of this reading list
For those wanting to push generational change financially, we have two brilliant funds to donate to below.
• UK Black Lives Matter
• OCAAT: A Legal Collective dedicated to racial injustice