My heart is so, so heavy right now. All week, we have been made even more aware of the brutality and injustice that is always prevalent in societies. It has existed for millennia and, as the quote circulating on social media states, it is only now being filmed and reaching a wider audience. In any case, racism is embedded in social structures to the point where justice systems have established it in their processes, individuals are repeating it through social learning, and we are failing to be fully aware of what is actually happening. Now, more blood has been spilt and more fires have been started.
Truthfully, I have felt overwhelmed and confused about what to do. There are plenty of resources available to develop knowledge of political system bias. (I have posted some I have watched previously at the bottom of this post.) Furthermore, there are always opportunities to get involved in some of the commentary on social media, from posting your own to elevating other voices to reach your own audience in order to circulate it further.
However, if you are outside of the US like I am, then there is this – do something. UK racism still exists, it is still systemic, and – in some cases – more covert. Do what you can, where you can. It is a process of learning and unlearning. Where you are in a position of privilege to do so – and we all each have individual privileges that are not available to someone else – use that to benefit others. Seek opportunities to speak up, promote, and deepen your knowledge. Then, share that knowledge and the actions that can be taken from that. It’s going to be uncomfortable, it’s going to cause arguments, there will be times where it’s standing for what is right even when others don’t quite see what’s wrong. Whatever you can, wherever you can, however you can.
We have organised society to reproduce and reinforce our racial interests and perspectives. Further, we are centred in all matters deemed normal, universal, benign, neutral, and good.~ Dr Robin DiAngelo
We are a nation of contradictions. We continue to fight the same battles over and over, decade after decade, generation after generation without facing reality. We put band aids on lacerations and hope the cancer of racial hatred won’t recur.~ A’Lelia Bundles
Education is not a cure all for all of America’s racial sins. And yet, education is still how most Americans understand the responsibility to fixing contemporary racial injustices.~ Megan Ming Francis
It may manifest in different forms, and it may be addressed in a very different way, but societies both sides of the pond still have an inherent, systemic, really fucking big issue on their hands.~ Jazmine Kopotsha