I have been meaning to write this post for a while, but wasn’t at all sure how to go about it.
So, let me start with this.
If you haven’t been living under a rock, you will have seen what’s been going on in America the past few weeks. It is horrific. A white police officer, who is meant to protect the public, knelt on the neck of a black man, George Floyd until he died, crying out for his mum and telling them he couldn’t work the entire time. This sparked the #BlackLivesMatter movement, which has been amplified by many actors, YouTubers and people from other industries on Instagram and their other platforms. Unfortunately, Floyd’s hasn’t been the only death of a black person to hit the news. A fact that is totally heartbreaking.
Being a young white woman, with blond hair and blue eyes, I know how incredibly lucky I am, to live the life that I do and that I often unconsciously take that for granted. Having been born white, I cannot even begin to imagine what it is like for the black community, the black people of the world – no matter how hard I try to, and I know that I never will.
I have watched and loved many films and TV shows that feature black actors, or have black producers/directors – one of which is Marvel’s Black Panther which, I can say with confidence, is probably my favourite Marvel film, but I am definitely always looking for more that I can watch and support, as wholeheartedly as I do the ones I have already watched. I also listen to music by black artists and have for a while, but definitely not as much as I would like to and should. In addition to this I have watched and still watch black You/Booktubers, and read, and still read, books by black authors – but I know that I am not watching or reading anywhere near enough of them, and am working hard to rectify this.
I have always considered myself an ally of the black community; I have a number of black friends I wouldn’t hesitate to defend if someone was racist and offensive towards them, and would by extension defend anyone who is black regardless. However I know that I still don’t know enough and need to further educate myself to be the best ally I can be to them. By reading novels by about racism, about how to combat racism and be anti-racist, and how to properly argue with those who are racist.
I am also signing petitions, sharing posts by both black and white artists in support of BLM in my Instagram stories. Although I am a student, I have donated what I can to BLM causes and if you can, I strongly encourage you to do the same on both counts.
So many people say “All Lives Matter”. This is not true. All lives will not matter, until black lives truly matter. Racism, and White Privilege aren’t a new thing. They have been around for a long, long time – it is only now, after the murder of George Floyd and others, that the world seems to have woken up to it.
Below are some useful links, so please please click on them, and do what you can for the Black Lives Matter movement.
I have a very small presence online, but I still want to do my part in supporting the #BlackLivesMatter movement – and will continue to do so in any way I can. I hope to do a recommendations post soon of books by black authors, but when I feel I have read enough of them to make the post really count.
Before I sign off I would like to say one last thing.
To all the people of the black community, who follow my posts on Twitter and/or follow my blog, or follow me on Instagram, and those of you who follow me in the future, I love you. This is a blog that you can feel safe; you will always be welcome here.
You have wings. Believe in them and yourself, and you will fly.