Black Lives Matter

I’ve struggled to know what to say or have the capacity to put things into words. But I can’t be silent. Sharing things is important and of course better than nothing but it feels so wrong to be vocal about things that affect me but not about this. So here I am saying that I haven’t done enough and vowing that I will do better.

Whether you have 5 followers or 5 million followers you have an audience and people who will read and listen. Me signing petitions and talking to family while fantastic is not be doing enough. I need to share these things to as many people as possible.

Here are some good resources – keep doing better:

 

Accounts to follow:

@rachel.cargle

@ajabarber

@bodiposipoet

@amerie

@stephanieyeboha

@michellehopewell

@blklivesmatter

 

Protests to sign:

⁃ George’s law

⁃ Make white privilege and systemic racism a compulsory part of the British education course

⁃ Julius Jones is innocent. Don’t let him be executed by the state of Oklahoma

⁃ Suspend UK export of tear gas, in rubber bullets and riot shields to USA

⁃ Demand justice for George Floyd

⁃ The minneapolis police officers to be charged for murder if after killing innocent black man

 

Charities/fundraisers:

⁃ black minds matter uk

⁃ Official George Floyd memorial fund

⁃ Justice for Breonna Taylor

⁃ I run with maud

⁃ Trevor Belle

⁃ National bail fund network

⁃ Helping hand – access PR small biz relief

⁃ Black visions

⁃ National black disability coalition

 

Books to read (a mix of non-fiction educational books and fictional books by black authors:

⁃ Inside this place, not of it: narratives from women’s prisons by Robin Levi

⁃ Opposite of always by Justin A Reynolds

⁃ Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

⁃ Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

⁃ Kings, queens and in-betweens by Tanya Boteju

⁃ I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou

⁃ Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

⁃ White fragility by Robin DiAngelo

⁃ We were eight years in power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

⁃ Me and white supremacy by Layla F Saad

⁃ Girl, woman, other by Bernardine Evaristo

 

Things to watch:

⁃ explained: the racial wealth gap

⁃ Time: the Kalief browder story

⁃ When they see us

⁃ 13th

⁃ Who killed Malcom X?

 

Other things to do:

⁃ have conversations in person

⁃ message friends and group chats with petitions and charities

⁃ offer to help people write their own posts

⁃ Share black voices

⁃ Share black businesses and save them for when you buy things in future

⁃ Don’t stop talking in a weeks time or when it dies down on social media! Keep talking about it.

 

This is not everything. Please make sure to find more yourself too but this would at least be a start. The links to the petitions and charities and videos to watch can be found here!

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