Black Lives Matter.
I haven’t yet spoken on social media about my thoughts on the recent tragic loss of George Floyd or the #BlackLivesMatters movement but have had a lot of conversations over the last week with various different people and have spent a lot of time thinking about how I can help with the platforms I am lucky to have.
If I’m totally honest, I’m not sure shock was my initial reaction to the news, which is even more upsetting because these sorts of events have happened far too often. As with all situations like this, many of us tend to go through waves of emotions not really being sure which feeling to focus our attention on. Anger, deep sadness, frustration, shock... the list goes on. But in the midst of all these negative emotions that I and thousands have felt over the last week, I have also felt a glimmer of of hope. I wish it didn’t take a life to be lost for change to happen, but I am hopeful that George Floyd’s memory will live long through the incredible actions that are now being taken to make a difference.
Change needs to happen right now. It should have happened a long time ago, but whilst everyone’s eyes are open we need to keep raising our voices, keep protesting, keep educating ourselves, and keep fighting for equal rights across the globe, because black lives do matter.
This is a fight for us all. One that everyone needs to play an active role in making sure events like this don’t happen again. No act is a small one, so please, weather you’re quietly educating yourself, posting on social media, joining protests, donating, whatever it is you’re doing or think you could/should be doing, keep doing it. If we keep pushing together, we can make a bigger difference than we think. And whilst it will take time, this movement must maintain its strength and keep pushing until no one is treated differently because of the colour of their skin. You don’t have to prove what you’re doing to the world, don’t worry, but we all need to do what what we can to stand up for what is right.
I will be continuing to educate myself and am going to be using my social media and blog as platforms to join this fight. I also welcome anyone else who would like to use the power of writing (blogs, poetry etc) to do the same - guest bloggers are always welcome to share their thoughts so do let me know if you would like to share something. I will also be making donations towards BLM movements.
The last week has made me feel incredibly grateful for the fact that I have never woken up in fear because of my race or faced discrimination because of the colour of my skin, and I can’t begin to imagine what living with that fear must be like. I will never understand this feeling, but I completely and whole-heartedly stand with you.
I have and always will stand for equality and fight for everyone’s right to live without fear. I stand with you because #BlackLivesMatter.