Black Lives Matter

“There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen” — Lenin

Hi there,

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

My former colleague Elizabeth Bananuka has written a painful but powerful thread on her experiences of racism in the PR industry, and why she set up BME PR Pros:

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.

My heart is breaking but I am not shocked, not surprised but my heart is still breaking. Enough is enough.

I have been called a n*igger, been spat on, accosted, pulled over and had a policeman lie to a judge about it, had a boyfriend’s parents disown him for dating me and had a white supremacist attack my friend because of “what him and I would be doing later on.” All of the above happened on American soil and are a big part of why I left 20 years ago. I’ve had incidents happen to me in the UK and travelling the world which are generally subtle but happen everywhere and often.

I’m tired and don’t know what to say. I have been sharing and chatting with my friends, family and colleagues of all backgrounds mostly that the oozing wound that is American issues around race is symptomatic of an illness across the entire globe.

June 2, 2020


That’s all for this edition - stay safe & well x