As a person of colour, I have faced racism all my life. From being spat at, to being beaten up and blatantly denied opportunities because of my skin colour. I am half Indian and half English, born in England. My dad is Indian and my mum is white British. I have always been proud of my heritage, have actively celebrated both. It has taught me to embrace and learn from different cultures. Growing up, I was lucky to have cultural diversity as part of my education. I have faced systematic racism in the UK and to this day, I still face it. Over the years it has become less and less but, by no means has it disappeared. Far from it! And as an honourable member of the LGBTQ community, I have faced discrimination for that too. But I can’t even imagine how hard racism is for so many of my black friends and colleagues on a daily basis. Because, in recent years, I have seen it emerge its ugly head way too often. I am here, I am listening, I am still learning and I am open to being educated. At no point will my support for the black community ever waiver.
In the past few days, I have seen so many comments and have had countless conversations about the difference between ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘All Lives Matter’. I am disheartened, that so many people are struggling to support this human rights fight. Firstly, let me just say that yes, all lives matter, regardless of race; gender, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. But let me just ask one simple questions. If all lives mattered, shouldn’t black lives be included in that?
Black Lives Matter is a human rights movement, which is highlighting the systematic discriminations that black people face and the movement is calling for end to violence and discrimination against black people, along with equal rights. It is NOT a movement which says other lives don’t matter. The sad truth is that it has taken the brutal death of George Floyd to act as a catalyst for that movement. It saddens me that it has taken this much for the world to wake up.
To put it in even simpler terms, allow me to offer just one analogy of the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’. Imagine during this pandemic, you are an observer in an ICU ward with 10 Covid 19 patients. All of a sudden, the alarms start sounding on one particular patient’s vital medical equipment. Nurses and doctors rush over to that patient to help them as a priority. That doesn’t mean to say that the other 9 patients don’t deserve to be treated. It means that right at this moment, that particular patient needs more help than the others. In the same way, right now, the beautiful black communities throughout the world need our help more than anyone else. It doesn’t mean that no one else matters but, what it does mean is that they should be our priority for support right now. So please, let us not deny them the support which they so rightly deserve from us all.
Let us unite and make a stand for solidarity and the wellbeing of everyone but, especially for our black brothers and sisters at their hour of need. As the Editor-in-Chief of British Bride, I have always championed diversity and equality and now I am determined to give as much power as I possibly can to the voices from our black creative community.
Articles You Can Read
75 things white people can do for racial injustice
10 Habits Of Someone Who Doesn't Know They're Anti-Black
How To Be A White Ally By Stephanie Yeboah
100 Easy White People Can Make Life Less Frustrating For People Of Colours
Places You Can Donate
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund Go Fund Me Page
BLAM UK CIC
Black Minds Matter UK
Kids Of Colour
The Northern Police Monitoring Project
The Blacl Curriculum
Books You Can Read
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge.
Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World by Layla F. Saad.
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.
I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Braithwaite
So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Race Matters by Cornel West
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a world made for whiteness by Austin Channing Brown