The events of recent weeks, with the murder of George Floyd, a black man, murdered by a white police officer in Minneapolis has brought the issue of Black Lives to the forefront. Everyone in the Synaptic Island group has been hesitant to speak about this on the show today, as we didn’t want to prescribe to our listeners to choose one action over another. Right now, we are all responding differently and some of us come from different racial backgrounds - but one thing that we all recognise is that, this is not a one-off incident over a couple of weeks. Nothing has changed, nothing is new or different - people are just paying attention (but we hope this can be a pivotal moment). People all over the world, are rushing to make visible their virtue signaling, driven by the performative pressures of social media - but not everyone is listening or thinking.
We would like to invite you to take the time, in the same ways we are right now - for reflection. Be transparent with yourself about how you are living your life and understand the privilege you hold. Dismantling the language and systems of oppression, starts in your mind, your behaviour and your home. The injustice of racism against black people is so entrenched into the very fabric of society, so we ask you to take the time, to yes, act urgently, but also slowly – taking the right kind of actions.
You may already know, there are ways you can participate in the immediate, to support activists who are risking their lives in the fight for equality. We’re sharing some links here to support information and Black resources
We know this is not nearly enough and what we are sharing today is just the beginning of our conversation. Nothing short of a lifelong commitment to this conversation and committed action - is enough. We have to be allies in this movement. We have decided to listen, research and reflect, as we understand that this is an evolving process.
The need for Black Wellness:
How to support black lives in the UK (google doc)
Black Racial Justice & Community Orgs
Black Minds Matter UK
Petition - Make white privilege and systemic racism a compulsory part of the British education course
How to support the Black Lives Matter movement – Funds and organisations
Black Cultural Archives
Do’s and don’ts - how to be an ally
And what about the racism from asians and muslims towards black people?:
London Campaign Against Police and State Violence
Netpol the Network for Police monitoring