Week 22: Black Lives Matter

8th June 2020

I’m not going to deny it, this week has been tough.

I hope this is the beginning of something big. I hope we’re at a tipping point. I hope that there will be real change and we can begin to tear down some of the white supremacist systems which are holding us collectively back. I hope it will be different this time.

I know at least within my network more people seem to be opening their eyes, wanting to engage, and actually learning and talking about racism. Which is good, I’m here for those conversations.

At the same time though, the Met still refuse to acknowledge their racism, that they disproportionally target black men, that they treat black people different from their white counterparts. A member of the cabinet can’t even bring themselves to say that there are no black people on the cabinet for fear of…?

I hope this gets to big to ignore though. So we need to continue the discourse and not let this just die… again. We, as white people, need to have the uncomfortable conversations and start to heal some of the hurt that we’ve inflicted. We need to normalise saying out loud that black lives matter. That the current state of things isn’t ok. That we see black people, that we appreciate black people, that we are there for black people. Because black lives matter.