Friday, June 05, 2020

Black Lives Matter

Student Action for Refugees (STAR) stands in solidarity with the black community worldwide.

Staying silent in not an option nor will it ever be the answer. “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be antiracist.” — Angela Davis.

STAR’s mission is to create a society where everyone is welcomed, where the rights of the people come first, where injustice, racial inequalities and discrimination in all its forms are challenged again and again until we overcome them.

These are troubling times for all but more so for the black community and it is not the first time when such a brutal murder has cut short the live of a black person. The heart-breaking murder of George Floyd in the US is not a stand-alone incident, it was one of countless inhumane acts of police brutality against black people because of the colour of their skin. It is the result of a deeply rooted institutional racism which manifests differently in different countries.

The UK is not innocent in these matters, it has a long legacy of institutional racism, a legacy which is still present in government policies, in the education system, in the treatment of the black community by police and in the hostile environment targeting people who are seeking asylum in the UK. This is evident in in the disproportional impact of COVID-19 pandemic on BAME communities, in the treatment of the Windrush generation and their children and in the policy and legislation about immigration that are resulting in the deaths and indefinite detention of asylum seekers.

It is only by speaking up and calling out racism that we can move towards a better future and as a charity which works with people who are seeking refugee protection and mobilises young people to stand up for justice, we stand firmly with the call to dismantle institutional racism. We stand with Black Lives Matter.

What you can do?

Donate to support anti-racist charities in US and UK
Donate with no money – a video project was created to offer people a way to donate and financially contribute to #blacklivesmatter without having any actual money or going out to protest themselves.

Take Action:
How to support BLM from the UK – a helpful list compiled by @perkin_amalaraj
George Floyd: how can I help from the UK? – a list of resources and suggestions for white UK residents by @das.penman
How the George Floyd Killing Is Just as Relevant in the UK, and What You Can Do About It by Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
Write your MP to end indefinite detention

Educate yourself:
Black Lives Matter UK
Anti-racism resources for White People, a live document of articles, podcasts, and videos collated by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein
Books By Black Activists
Twitter Thread on Documentaries about understanding racism, prejudice, police brutality, and more
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo and Michael Eric Dyson
Educate yourself – a list of resources to educate yourself on racism
About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge – a podcast by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
To white people, on racism – what white people can do to be better antiracists

Posted by STAR team on 05/06/2020 at 01:31 PM