The people VS The US

June 8, 2020
My thoughts as a woman of colour…

As a woman of colour, I am honestly deeply saddened that the black community is still facing mass discrimination every single day after centuries of discrimination.

As a friend and colleague, I am both heartbroken and outraged by what is happening in America right now but also what is happening in the UK- discrimination and racism isn’t just a US problem.

It is a worldwide issue, however, in this post, I will only be focusing on the current issue on hand which is police brutality in the US which has now lead to many protests from the people versus the US, all over the world.

Truly, as a human being, I am disappointed that we are still living in a world where we judge and take action towards someone based on the colour of their skin. 

I, being a brown woman have been a victim of racism over the years, but never have I, ever, experienced the level of racism that the black community does daily.

George Floyd and Breonna Taylor…

This now brings me to the topic on hand which is racism from those who are supposed to “protect and serve” civilians.

I am sure the whole world knows of George Floyd. And what happened to him on May 25th, in Minneapolis.

But for those of you who don’t know, the 46-year-old was arrested for allegedly using a counterfeit bill. A monstrous police officer named Derek Chauvin then knelt on Floyd’s neck for almost 9 minutes and killed him.

And not too long before that, on March 13th, Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African-American was fatally shot by LMPD officers in Louisville.

Breonna was shot 8 times! The officers forcibly entered her apartment to serve a search warrant in a narcotics investigation. But drugs were not found in the apartment.

Both of these cruel and inhuman acts of evil happened during this global pandemic, which I believe has allowed people to come together all over the world and stand in solidarity for black people.

It allowed people to go on the streets and fight for justice.

And we the people will not stop until:

Human rights are our god-given rights.*

Note: I am not naive to think white supremacy and privilege will end but I am hopeful that police brutality if police departments are no longer funded, could stop.

I also believe institutional racism can get better over time if white and non-black people continue to fight for black people’s rights, lives, and become allies.

What is institutional racism?

noun: racial discrimination that has become established as normal behaviour within a society or organization.

Institutions have been created to control and enslave black people violence from the police if necessary.

Trevor Noah* said: “cops respond to protests against systemic racism and police brutality with military tactics, macing and more of the same violence that protestors are working to shut down.

Here’s the video in full where Trevor Noah talks also about:

Trevor for those of you who don’t know is a South African born comedian, political commentator, author, and presenter of The Daily Show who I absolutely love and hope to meet one day!* 🤗

Moving on, how can we the people continue to fight for black people’s rights? For their lives? How can we the people become allies?

How to be an ally to the black community:

Well, we already know protesting is working but we also need to ensure we sign more petitions, donate and more importantly, educate ourselves so that we can be a part of the solution, not the problem.

Here’s a couple of things you can do to educate yourself right now-

Source: @Jane_Mount
  1. Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap – This is to help you understand the concept of ‘white privilege.’
  2. Hi Privilege, it’s me Chelsea – White Privilege explained by a white person – Chelsea Handler
  3. Time: The Kalief Browder Story – True docuseries of a teenager wrongfully charged with theft
  4. When They See Us – True docuseries on the Central Park Jogger Case
  5. 13th
  6. Who killed Malcolm X
  7. Dear White People
  8. LA 92
  9. 12 Years A Slave
  10. The Green Book
  11. Hidden Figures

You can also do the following to show your support to the black community:

Fashion
  1. Nubian Skin – Skin-tone Lingerie & Hosiery
  2. Kai Collective – Luxurious Attainable Womenswear
  3. Andrea Iyamah – Nature & Colour Inspired Womenswear 
  4. Something by Sonjia – Comfortable & Confident Womenswear 
  5. Sincerely Nude – Women’s Nude Clothing Brand 
  6. Attah Designs – Afro and Caribbean Clothing Brand
Beauty 
  1. Mented Cosmetics – Vegan Pigment Focused Makeup
  2. AcARRE Beauty – Plant-Based Beauty & Skincare
  3. Rad Swan – Conscious Beauty Brand 
  4. The Lip Bar – Vegan & Cruelty-Free Makeup
  5. UOMA Beauty – Innovative Cruelty-Free Makeup 
Accessories

Attah’s Watches – Afro and Caribbean Watches

Creative Industry
  1. Womanly Mag – Global Art & Health Magazine
  2. For Working Ladies – Community For Female Entrepreneurs 
  3. Women Who – Community For Working Women
Home Decor
  1. Bonita Ivie Prints – Afro Inspired Prints 
  2. Attah Designs – Afro and Caribbean inspired cutlery
  3. PUR Home – US Based Natural Cleaning Products 
  4. Our Lovely Goods – Natural Candles, Homeware & Skincare
  5. Oh My Gold Ldn – Bespoke Foiled Portraits 
  1. Patricia Bright
  2. Chinutay
  3. Jayde Pierce

Moving on, 2020 may be an important year in history- so much has happened, the fires in Australia, coronavirus, a worldwide lockdown and the injustice towards black people, which has happened for centuries before this.

No one is saying all that is happening in the world, besides what I have mentioned, doesn’t matter- what people including myself are saying let’s focus on one issue at a time.

Right now let’s all focus on the black lives movement.

Remember…

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Martin Luther King

Anyway, I will end this post here or it will end up becoming an essay! Hope you enjoyed reading this.

PS. If you would like to read my last post about us as a people making changes, click here.

With love,

Salma

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