Our inclusive values as a Union mean that we actively stand against racism. We celebrate individuality and freedom of expression, embracing the diversity of our student community. On Tuesday 2nd June, we took part in #blackouttuesday as a mark of solidarity but as an inclusive, powerful, vibrant organisation for change, we know that awareness, education and change must continue far beyond a hashtag.
A message from Samira Mensah, your VP Welfare:
Due to the recent rise of unjustified deaths in America, once again the events have enhanced the spread of the movement to an increased global degree. The increased use of the #blacklivesmatter hashtag, lots of news coverage, protests and social media campaigns have again exposed the fight against racial injustice.
Systematic racism is not new, nor is it only present in the USA, there are deeply rooted issues here in the UK which need to be eliminated. I know with things like this it can be hard, having challenging conversations or not knowing what the right thing is to say, but that’s why it’s important to constantly educate ourselves to be able to have those conversations. I will be putting out some comms to assist all students with this.
There are many protests happening this week, all across the UK, if you plan on attending please remember we are still fighting a pandemic. Look after yourself, wear your masks, gloves and try as much as possible to adhere to the social distancing guidelines. Your health and safety is important. Your mental health is important too, so black students as people who are directly affected by this, I will be putting out some comms on how to look after yourself/ mind during this time, I know it can be a lot.
Lastly, calling all of our racial equality allies, everyone supporting the black lives matter movement. Join us as we stand in solidarity, continue spreading awareness, having conversations and getting involved. Everyone who is actively getting involved whether it be from their social media accounts, signing petitions, donating and everyone sharing awareness in their own way, a big personal thank you. Your contribution, your voice, it matters.
“It is in collectivities that we find reservoirs of hope and optimism.”
? Angela Y. Davis
Find out how to support the black lives matter movement