This last weekend, and into this week there have been protests after the murder of George Floyd by the knee of a policeman which laid on his neck for over 8 minutes.
His crime, selling cigarettes.
It’s not the first time this has happened, and looking at some of the images of police brutality since that day, it won’t be last. I saw an image taken just three days after George Floyd’s of another police officer with a knee on the neck.
Like many other privileged white people, I don’t understand. But it’s clear that standing with that statement will never change anything.
I feel helpless. I am from a majorly white area of the UK and my exposure to any different kinds of race and culture was limited to the one Indian and one Chinese restaurant in the town.
I am ignorant, and I don’t want to be anymore.
I’ve turned a blind eye as it hasn’t affected me and my bubble adversely. But that doesn’t promote anything. In my entire working life of over 10 years I have worked with one person of Asian descent. Other than, all white heritage.
This is not reflective of the cultures and diversity in the city I live in.
This is the racism that is being opposed. The systemic blanking of any type of group that isn’t white. That we’re automatically favoured, subconsciously because of the colour of our skin because of years and years of teaching and education that buries the truth that we all equal.
We are all equal.
I have so much to thank for black lives and black culture.
I don’t want it subdued anymore, whether explicitly or implicitly.
I must do better. You must do better.
I am not just not-racist, I am anti-racist.
I will do my best.
I want to be like this guy: https://twitter.com/i/status/1266907736735956996
“let’s walk [together]”