Today we stand in solidarity as one people against injustice, an injustice that is ongoing and prevalent throughout both history and modern society.
#BlackoutTuesday – Tuesday, 2nd June 2020 – today we disrupt usual life for an important matter.
Here we are again, having to reiterate the fact that #BlackLivesMatter, most importantly, and rather sadly, having to remind people.
A hashtag that grew into a movement, fuelled by passion and determination and amplified via social media is back at the forefront of news and media. An outcry from a people, nations across the world and the (majority of) the human race. Although most will never fully be able to comprehend the gravity of the situation or what it’s like, a lot can understand and most importantly, many can learn.
This is not just a problem for black people; it is a problem for everyone.
It’s 2020, and even amid a global pandemic, black people are on the receiving end of institutionalised racism. Today you will hear about the death of yet another black man at the hands of the police – George Floyd, 46 – you will hear about his murder. You will hear about the eight minutes and 46 second Floyd lay in handcuffs, face down on the floor with a police officer’s knee in his neck, and two minutes and 53 seconds after Floyd was unresponsive. You will hear another black person murdered at the hands of the police. His last words: “I can’t breath.“
It is heartbreaking and appalling.
But, even in 2020, it is NOT uncommon.
Today, if you scroll through your social feeds, you will see a black square – a representation of solidarity as we disrupt normality to highlight the oppression and racism and stand with the black community. It is a cry for humanity, from humanity, to stop the needless violence, social injustice and systemic and institutionalised racism that targets one particular race – black people.
If you are silent, you are making an active decision to ignore the situation. Since when does ignoring something help? This is not how society progresses. You love black culture and talent. You idolise black celebrities you love black food and adore black features. Yet ignore the systematic, institutional and devastating racism towards black people? Your silence is not golden and does not make things better.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”Martin Luther King Jr
This is not just a problem for black people it is a problem for everyone. It is your problem too. Whatever your race, gender, nationality or country you’re in. This is a problem for humanity.
Black lives matter.