Written by Abi.
On Monday 25th May, George Floyd, a black man living in Minneapolis, was arrested after using what was believed to be a counterfeit $20 to buy cigarettes. Whist attempting to get Floyd into a police car, he was restrained on the ground by an officer placing his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes, subsequently killing him.
Enough is enough.
Since this death, protests have broken out all over the United States. It is important to note that these protests are not just for George Floyd, but every single black person who has experienced racism, and especially those who have been killed by it.
This is not just an issue in the US. Christopher Alder, Cynthia Jarrett and Sarah Reed are just three of the 1500+ deaths that have happened in police custody in the UK. Racism is happening all over the world and Hull is no exception.
At Hull University Students’ Union, we stand in solidarity with our black students against racism of any kind. The amount of discrimination and hate black people experience is quite frankly disgusting, and we will continue to campaign against this together.
Today marks the first day of Pride Month. Although Pride marches are not taking place this year due to COVID-19, it is still a time to celebrate the LGBT+ community, and remember the Stonewall Riots where the movement began in 1969. Marsha P. Johnson, a black trans woman, was one of the most influential people during and after the Stonewall Riots. Without her, we may not be where we are today in terms of LGBT+ rights. (To read more about Marsha P. Johnson, here is a blog written to celebrate her during Black History Month: hulluniunion.com/news/article/BHM-historial-figures)
So how can you help?
There are loads of ways for you to get involved no matter what your race. I have linked below a number of petitions you can sign and charities you can donate to as a way of showing your support.
White people; silence is compliance. Do your research and read up on these issues. This is something that our privilege means we don’t experience. Therefore, it is our job to educate ourselves on the ongoing issues and be actively anti-racist, because simply being not racist isn’t enough.
I know many of our clubs and societies have been in touch about how they can do their part in the movement. Share what you wish using the #BLACKLIVESMATTER hashtag and tag @hulluniunion, and we will share everything we see.
Petitions to sign:
This link will take you to loads of petitions looking for signatures: blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#petitions
Places to donate:
Black Lives Matter – a global organisation whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on black communities by state and vigilantes: blacklivesmatter.com
Show Racism the Red Card - The UK’s leading anti-racism educational charity: theredcard.org
The United Families and Friends Campaign – a coalition of those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody supporting others in similar situations: uffcampaign.org