In the wake of the momentous world wide movement, in response to #Black Live Matter movement. We find ourselves in the arts cultural sector, required to take necessary anti-racist actions, to decolonize curriculums and practices, create more opportunity for culturally diverse groups, in order to dismantle systemic institutional racism in society.
Further more , taking such action will galvanise and promote Equality Diversity and Inclusion-, social justice and equality, across the board for Women, LGBTQ Disabled Groups and all other currently excluded groups.
I was fortunate during Black History Month for Loughborough University, to give a talk on British Black History which is British History ‘my Black History is your History is our History’ This was well received, it offers crucial knowledge to acquire ,to be able to understand the UK, the World, its increasingly diverse society and communities. To promote respect and understanding, and importantly for White people, to learn to listen how to become better allies, to understand racism, as a toxic legacy of Slavery, Imperialism and Colonialism, and how it still its effects society today. To then learn how best to make change now, to effectively dismantle centuries old disadvantage and disparities. We owe it to current and future generations to do this. I do hope you will watch the video below and share with colleagues. In addition there are additional links to see and share re #BLM to become an ally.
Links for White Allies – To Understand the Struggle Against Racism White Supremacy & Privilege
Why I Am no longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
We New Stories: Challenging Toxic Myths Behind Our Age of Discontent by Nesrine Malik