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saturday september 19th 2020

This post won’t be a long one. But it will be one we all need to pay attention to.

 

Stop sharing videos and photos of Black people being harmed by the police. You can fight the cause without sharing it.

 

We have become so desensitized to this regular occurrence that many white people believe they are doing their part by simply sharing this form of information. 

 

You are not. Share facts, share useful information, share instructions. All of this can be done without sharing another video of a Black body being harmed or killed.  

 

Sharing those videos and photos, literally does nothing. We all know these barbaric occurrences are happening, Black people especially, and they don’t need to be constantly reminded in this way. Use your platforms to enforce progress, to hold those accountable who need to be held accountable. Because right now sharing these videos is just normalising something that should be completely abnormal. 

 

If you’re confused about what you should post, next time you are considering sharing content that exhibits Black pain ask yourself these questions;

 

“What is my intention here?”

“How will sharing this help and equally how could this hurt someone?”

“Will sharing this contribute to a social ecology that produces these types of outcomes for Black people?”

And more importantly, do more. This is so much more than what you see or share on social media. We need to do the work. We need to get into spaces and make our presence known. Because we can all feel the outrage dying down amongst White people and the rest of the world, and it’s not good enough. 

 

So finally here’s a friendly reminder of what we’re dealing with:

 

George Floyd was murdered on May 25th this year, from May 26 to August 31, police in the U.S. killed 288 people, according to data from both The Washington Post and Mapping Police Violence. Black people make up roughly 13.4% of the U.S. population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau — but they accounted for about 20% of people killed by police during that time period. 

 

This month the state of Kentucky offered Breonna Taylor’s family $12 million in a settlement case. Great. But six months on from her death, not one of her killers has been held accountable. 

 

And in the UK and US Black people are continually being let down by the health services and are disproportionately at risk of Covid 19.  

 

Just a few facts to inform you to not stop fighting this fight.

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