Before I begin this article, I would just like to say that I am so deeply sorry for any victims of racist attacks and I am so sorry to the families of all these victims. I hope justice is served.
In light of the recent murder of George Floyd, a lovely and peaceful man, at the hands of murderous and disgusting excuses for men, I feel as though I have to write this article when given a platform to do so.
Black lives should always matter. They should not only matter to you when horrific things such as the murder of George Floyd happen - they should matter to you every single day. The Black Lives Matter movement is not just something for you to post about a couple of times on your Instagram to seem like you’re up to date with world issues or to make you seem like you care - it is a movement that involves campaigning every day.
Don’t just post on Instagram. Use your voice. Speak up. Tell your racist neighbour to stop saying derogatory terms. Don’t vote for political parties with racist agendas. Donate (if you can) to organisations, funds and charities that support black people. Support local businesses owned by black people. Go to protests and rallies in support of black people. Sign petitions.
It is not enough to post and move on. This is a fight that has been going on for centuries, and if you are privileged enough to be in a position where you can speak up and support the black community without being treated with such brutality and dismissal, then do it - or you are part of the problem.
Black lives should always matter. Not just for a day or two.
If you can, please take the time to donate here:
These are just three of the organisations working tirelessly to campaign for black rights and support the black community.