#BlackLivesMatter

Laura

"I felt that by me not being racist, was enough, and now I see that is not and will never be enough."

Since watching the video of the murder of George Floyd, I have felt deeply shifted and pushed to fight for racial equality than ever before.

Like a lot of people right now, I have spent a lot of time over the last couple of weeks educating myself on Black Lives Matter and the systematic racism we have all grew up in. I felt that by me not being racist, was enough, and now I see that is not and will never be enough. I am sorry for my ignorance in the past and I am determined to help Black Lives Matter and to help push the world into a more equal one in any way I can, from my corner of the world.

I was so relieved after the arrests of the police officers that murdered George Floyd, especially when they changed it to 2nd-degree murder. Everything we are doing is working! However there is still a lot to do, there are so many more names requiring justice and deserve the effort we have all put in for George Floyd.

There is also a lot that can be done to help eradicate Racism and injustice from our own countries. The current education on Black Lives Matter and Black History isn’t good enough and in some cases, not taught at all. We have to change this.

Let's keep our foot on the gas and I encourage everyone to do so. Let’s also uplift the Black community, who are also our peers, family, friends and neighbours. Reach out to them, this is a very difficult time and you should show them you care.

In America, protestors are being shot with rubber bullets - in the head - supplied by the UK. These bullets are leaving people blind, broken and needing reconstructive surgery. We have to write to our MP’s and urge them all to call on the UK Government to stop exporting police & security equipment to the USA. It is being misused, and the UK Government is bound by law to stop exporting it if that’s the case.

I’m angry that all of this has happened and is still happening. As Lauryn Hill said: “Anger is not only the natural response to the abuse of power, but is also appropriate when there is no real acknowledgment of these abuses, or deep, meaningful and profound change.”

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