Black Lives Matter
All the time. Every day.
I feel a little overwhelmed by the online world sometimes, don’t you? But it’s been so necessary this year. Everything is heightened because we need to pay attention to the world around us. We’re being invited to be on the right side of history.
It really feels like 2020 is the year where everything is brought into the open so we can examine it as a worldwide community and let’s face it; some of what we’re looking at isn’t pretty.
Racism is difficult for everybody to talk about but we must talk about it. I’m glad that the light is finally shining on those who have been living, speaking and campaigning in this area for the longest time.
This is not a phase, a trend, or a moment of time that will pass without relevance. This is history. This a movement, a worldwide revolution that we get the opportunity to not only witness but also contribute to.
In 50 years’ time, maybe you’ll be sitting with your great-grandkids and reminiscing about your youth. When they ask you about the anti-racism movement in 2020 (because I’m certain they’ll learn about it in History at school), what will you tell them?
How do you want to be remembered?
How do you want to remember yourself?
You can make a difference
There are so many incredible existing and newly formed initiatives to pay attention to right now. Whether they are created to support the anti-racist movement, amplify melanated voices and support black businesses, it’s a key opportunity for everyone to make a difference. It’s beautiful to witness, but also long overdue.
As someone who has lived with anxiety and depression for a long time, I believe there is value in counselling. Talking about how I’m feeling or have felt has made a huge difference to my life and I’m so grateful to have had that opportunity to do so.
With this in mind, it is wonderful to see the work Black Minds Matter UK are doing, in raising funds to pay for black people to access a full 12 week courses of therapy. It is such a fantastic initiative, in making counselling accessible for black people and in paying black counsellors for their expertise and time, and I think it is one cause worth supporting.
There are many others and you’re welcome to list them in the comments. The more resources we share, the more we raise awareness of the support available to the people who really need it.
Making a difference is more than posting black squares on socials, it’s about being an advocate and implementer of change.
So, with what you have access to and who you are, what difference can you make today?