#BlackLivesMatter

*This was a long post I posted on social media at the beginning of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations after the killing of George Floyd.

I’ve sat for days, scrolling through the news and social media posts of what is going on in America …

It makes me sick to my stomach.

Every time I see *that* image of George Floyd, it reminds me of the BAME students I teach and the racism they face now, and sadly, will do in the future. .

It makes me sick to my stomach.

Racism is a deep-seated sickness that has rotted the core of our society, both here (Britain needs to remove its rose-tinted glasses when it comes to race – it’s no utopia this side of the pond) or in the United States.

As white-passing, I benefit from white privilege in my life, but that hasn’t stopped racists making comments at me – being called a “terrorist f***” for mentioning I had Indian heritage on a dating site and swiftly being blocked, getting the “… but where are you really from?” after saying I am from the North East of England or “I can’t tell if you’re fully white or not – it’s unsettling!”.

We need to do waaaay more to address the issue of racism in society – it’s not just a matter of posting #BlackLivesMatter and then getting on with our day to day life. Be conscious, not passive. Take action.

  • It’s about standing with those fighting the racist system: donate, collaborate, speak out, get involved. Passivity cannot continue.
  • It’s about challenging yourself: have those awkward conversations, check yourself – your thoughts, preconceptions, beliefs. Things that don’t challenge us, don’t improve us.
  • It’s about reading about Black history/experiences: read the work of black authors, historians who write about black history, teach your friends, family, children about Black History. Educate!! Ignorance is not bliss.
  • It’s about using your privilege that you might have to give power to those locked out of the system. Don’t close the door behind you.
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