Black Lives Matter
“There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen” — Lenin
While the acronym ‘BAME’ has become has become the standard way to refer to non-white people in the UK, the umbrella term squashes together the very different experiences that Black and Brown people can face.
This week has not been a moment for BAME voices. It has been a moment for Black voices. Amplifying them is the aim of today’s newsletter.
Christian Cooper’s video of Amy Cooper threatening him in Central Park, NY, was shared on 26 May, the same day that the video of George Floyd’s death under arrest in Minneapolis went viral
I’m following everything John Boyega’s saying right now, because it’s impossible not to
Below is a #BlackOutTuesday Instagram post from my friend Emmerline Smy. Take a few moments to read it, and to imagine this level of internal work underscoring a life, beyond the pressures of living through a pandemic that is much more likely to kill a Black or Brown person.
Jessica Morgan’s excellent piece How You Can Support Black People Today, Tomorrow & Forever contains links for petitions you might want to sign and causes you may wish to donate to
Guardian editor-at-large Gary Younge’s We can't breathe is an incredible read. The standfirst says it all: “What connects the most brazen forms of state violence against black people and the struggles of BAME coronavirus patients is systemic racism”
Renay Richardson tweeted about what it’s like to see the podcast About Race that she made with Reni Eddo-Lodge hit the top of the charts this week, two years after they finished making it:This is so bittersweet. This was the first series I produced end to end and I always wanted something I helped create go to number 1 but I can’t help think all the podcast/media journalists who did not give us a platform. How if we had the support and people commissioned more https://t.co/E3542ofKP8
Renay @RenayRich#AboutRacewithReni is the number 1 podcast on @ApplePodcasts 2 years after the last episode was published. I hope everyone listening really hears every episode. #EqualityInAudio https://t.co/F0P7oCjrJa
That’s all for this edition - stay safe & well x