This post wasn’t easy, and that’s a good thing.
As the world reels in the wake of George Floyd’s unlawful death, and the highly charged protests happening across America and the world we felt compelled to say something, but where to start? Who cares what we, a bunch of white people with good intentions have to say? Good intentions ain’t gonna cut it this time.
Saying nothing isn’t an option but we shouldn’t let our fear paralyse us. Saying something ‘wrong’ is where potential growth is. You cannot be better if you don’t acknowledge your own failings, apathy and shortcomings. We have to sit in this discomfort. It is not the job of people of colour to soothe us, hold our hands through this and to educate us.
Yes, we need to listen, but that’s not enough. We need to recognise our privilege, examine our own racial biases and actively take steps to be better, and do better. Not being racist isn’t enough right now. We need to be proactively anti-racist, use our platforms to elevate people of colour, stand on the front lines with them, donate our money, keep listening, keep learning. Keep the pressure on those in power, keep the momentum, create space and create change.
We actively support the Black Lives Matter movement, civil rights and criminal justice reform. We condemn police brutality, excessive force and systemic racism.
Today, Friday the 5th June 2020 would have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday. She was a promising emergency room technician with dreams of a lifetime of working in healthcare. She was a daughter, a friend, a human being. She was murdered by law enforcement and her killers have not yet been brought to justice.
In a small act of solidarity, we have made a donation to her justice fund. It doesn’t feel like enough, but it’s a start.
If you are looking for more information on how you can help right now, there is a fantastic list of resources here.