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How do I comment on racism
How do I bring about change
What can I do to ensure
It doesn't happen again
I watch the news
I hear the recordings
"I can't breathe"
What was he thinking
And then I hear from friends
I hear the reality
The hate and fear
The embedded inequality..
What can I do?
What can I say?
I can only be me
Speak as me
But I am speechless
When it comes to the injustice
I see in the US
But also here in the UK
Experienced by people
Of different races

#racismuk #racism #napowrimo
I'm a white British woman
That gives me security
I can't know the fear
Or know the injustice
I haven't experienced hatred
At the hands of racists

#RaceReport #poetry #NaPoWriMo #SystemicRacism
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Thread: To all the women scared to #ReclaimTheseStreets as a result of police intimidation around £10k fines for covid-safe vigils. This is just the beginning... @pritipatel’s new Police & Crime Bill introduced this week will criminalise nearly all forms of effective protest..
They want to enshrine the limitations on civil liberties that we’ve seen under the pandemic in law and restrict the ways we can legally protest going forward. Noone knows about this bill yet…
Read more here and do everything you can to spread the word. Or this will become the new law of the land under the radar and we’ll wake up one day soon having lost our right to protest…
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We're looking 👀 at Black Minority Ethnic herstories🧑🏿👩🏽 over #Lockdown & researching BAME suffrage activists in #Scotland ✊🏿✊🏽✊🏾 for 'Celebrating Scotland's Suffragettes'! So here's info👇🏾on 💥Ms Jessie Margaret Soga💥(1870-1954) in this thread👇🏾#BlackHistoryMonth
We're still gathering research 📚 & we've not found a picture of her YET🤞🏽but so far we know
Jessie Margaret Soga was:
* a 'prime mover' &Joint Secretary of the Women's Freedom League (Hillhead/Glasgow Branch)

#BlackHistoryMonthUK #BlackHistoryMonth2020 #BlackLivesMatter
* a regular donor of money, items and time to both the Women's Freedom League and the WSPU (Women's Social & Political Union)
* a singer and singing teacher, who trained in Milan and won a Royal Academy award


#BlackLivesMatterUK #Suffrage #Suffragettes 1899 Glasgow Herald - Miss Soga offers singing lessons in Gl
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Really great piece here by @angeladewan on the problematic model minority label given to the Indian diaspora, and the conversation in the UK, US and Canada to check their brown privilege and speak out against anti-Black racism.
This really hits home for a Mallu like me “South Asians can be inherently colorists. Some don't like people who are darker because that means as people, they are less morally worthy...The UK didn't teach us that. We need to own that. We're nasty that way, so let's deal with that”
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Next week @amnesty are launching a report on policing during the pandemic across Europe.

Police enforcing the #COVID19 lockdown have disproportionately targeted ethnic minorities with ID checks, fines & violence.

See our @Newsweek OpEd. For report DM me.…
Out on 24 June, 'Policing the Pandemic' looks at 12 countries & exposes a disturbing pattern of racial bias linked to concerns about institutional racism within police forces, & echoing wider concerns raised in the ongoing #BlackLivesMatter protests.

For a copy Image
Our report builds on research done across Europe.

Ysty @hrw's @sunderland_jude published a report on how children in France face abusive, racist police stops.

This is nothing new: "I was 10 the first time I was stopped. The last time was three days ago."…
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I’ve been speaking to Patrick Hutchinson, the man carrying an injured stranger during clashes yesterday between far right & anti racist activists.
“His life was under threat” Patrick said. “so I put him on my shoulders and marched towards the police” @channel4news #c4news @ 530
Patrick said:

“i know nothing about the man i saved. I think he was partially drunk, i think he was partially unconscious.

“it was a scary moment - but you don’t think about that at the time - you just do what you've got to do"

@channel4news #c4news @ 530
Patrick Hutchinson:

“I’ve been thinking to myself - if the three police officers who were standing around when George Floyd was murdered had thought about intervening and stopping their colleague - George Floyd would still be alive today”

@channel4news #c4news @ 530
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The UK TV industry and diversity, a thread 🇬🇧📺 #BlackLivesMatterUK
‘The television industry is a hugely exciting and culturally rich place to work. But the evidence shows that too many people are still excluded from that opportunity’ - Sharon White Chief Executive, Ofcom, September 2019
It’s the weekend ie TV binge watch time. Let’s take a look at how the UK’s TV industry is doing in terms of employing people from a mix of backgrounds (spoiler alert - not great)
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Britain's own problem with racial inequality

*a thread*

While the shocking scenes of police brutality in the United States aren't often mirrored here, a less overt undercurrent of inequality flows through society.… #BlackLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatterUK
Black people are arrested at more than three times the rate of white people in England and Wales, 32 people per 1,000 compared to nine per 1,000 last year.… #BlackLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatterUK
This has also been true during the Covid-19 crisis with black people more likely to be fined or arrested by the Metropolitan Police for breaching lockdown rules.

#BlackLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatterUK…
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In the last three days, lots of people have talked to me about my daughter joining the #BlackLivesMatterUK protest, both @teamaccu colleagues and via messages. Thanks for some kind thoughts and further learning...
Others will be glad to hear social distancing being taken very seriously by #BlackLivesMatter supporters who spoke to me. But so too the centuries old social injustices which are STILL causing premature deaths amongst black and other minority ethnic groups. This is a real thing.
So thank you to @crageshri for signposting some great learning resources on this topic to read:… watch: and listen to:…
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From Noel Fielding @noelfielding11 to David Mitchell @RealDMitchell many comic actors perform blackface to get laughs. Lets take a look at them hiding behind the 'post-racial/edgy' label... #BlackLivesMatterUK #littlebritain
David Mitchell @RealDMitchell and Robert Webb @arobertwebb kick things off. Super edgy, post-racial, stuff. Getting laughs from performing blackface once was not enough for the lads however...
Peep Show David Mitchell @RealDMitchell and @arobertwebb decided to black up in case we missed the first time. Blackface is performed with the consent of TV critics, publications and broadcasters. Next we have #GBBO fave Noel Fielding @noelfielding11...
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At 7pm @BCPCouncil will hold its first full council meeting since February. During this meeting a vote of no confidence will be called in council leader @vikki4mdnp

📹 you can watch the meeting here:

I'm just going to run through a bit of the background before things get underway (this will prove very important later)
There have been 75 councillors since the death of Christchurch Independent Colin Bungey in April.

The council is run by a coalition led by Lib Dem Cllr Slade🔶.

The others groups are: ⚪️ Christchurch Independents
🟣 @Poole_People
🟢 Bmth Independent & Greens
🔴 Labour
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Despite being an international activist movement, it is clear that much of #BlackLivesMatter is ultimately interested in forms of violence, persecution and oppression which white people are held responsible for.

If the sources are non-white, the level of enthusiasm is not there.
Violence and other forms of criminality within predominantly black inner-city neighbourhoods are rarely part of the #BLM conversation.

Outside of the Western world, we have Black African Christians being butchered by co-racial Islamist militants in the Sahel.

Little is said.
Black African domestic migrant workers are locked in modern slavery across the Gulf states.

Black African students and workers have been subjected to horrendous forms of racial discrimination in China.

These are very clear and well-known cases. These lives matter as well no?
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It can often be easier to see police brutality as an American issue in order to distance ourselves from the hurt. However, in this thread we would like to highlight why police brutality and racialised violence, is very much a problem in modern day Britain. #BlackLivesMatterUK
This thread aims to inform & educate, though we understand the damaging effect of sharing stories of race-based violence. Content warning: this thread & the pages it links to, contain discussions about racism, police brutality and death which may be upsetting to readers.
As an organisation centred on amplifying BME voices in psychology & psychiatry, when events of late occur it can be hard to know what to say. As a team we have had to navigate feelings of anger, sadness and helplessness.
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Having read @DalrympleWill's superb THE ANARCHY was shocked to see this summary of EIC in @HodderSchools revision guide for @AQA's GCSE History by @ed_podesta. No mention of oppression/exploitation of Indian people. No push to think on the racism in 'THINK' boxes. #BLMUK #BAME
'The Company was boosted further when it gained permission to trade in India without having to pay taxes to the MUGHAL EMPEROR and local rulers.'

Bombay as a 'possession' that could be given to one white European Monarch by another.

Whole focus is on the 'success' to England.
If you don't believe that History teaching has to take a long, hard look at itself in light of #BlackLivesMatterUK, think again. I picked up the book for my son to help him with his GCSE, and couldn't believe that this erasure of Indian suffering wasn't picked up in editorial.
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Until 2015, UK taxpayers money was still being used to pay off the sums pledged to slave owners to free slaves in the U.K.

Slave OWNERS were compensated but the black people enslaved were not.

2015! My taxes, your taxes... 🤯

@DavidOlusoga is a brilliant historian and author. I recommend reading his book ‘Black and British’
*Taxpayers’ money (please forgive my missed apostrophe)
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Colston falls #BlackLivesMatterUK
Hard to express how much this moment means for Bristol #BlackLivesMattter
People will ask: What does removing a statue achieve? In reality, this is part of a growing global movement allied to the #BlackLivesMatter struggle, which seeks to remove monuments erected during a surprisingly sort period of time – the 1890s to the 1920s (1/4)
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The moment the people of Bristol pulled down the statue of Edward Colston, slave trader
#BlackLivesMatterUK #BlackLivesMattters #bristoltaketheknee #Colston
It's now being rolled towards the floating harbour.
Colston opened up the transatlantic slave trade to Bristol merchants & around 20,000 people, incl 8,000 children, died on his ships before they even reached the Americas.
Bristol became Britain's leading slave trading port.
People quickly leapt on the statue as it fell.
Worth noting that the tall office block behind in this picture is 'Colston Tower', & it's on Colston Avenue with the (soon to be renamed) Colston Hall concert venue beyond.
#BlackLivesMatterUK #bristoltaketheknee Image
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A: Save the tiger!

B: You shouldn’t say ‘save the tiger’! You should say ‘save all animals’.

A: Of course all animals should be protected, but tigers are on the verge of extinction. They need saving.

B: Oh I get it.

C: Save the pigeon!
#BlackLivesMattters #BlackLivesMatterUK ImageImageImageImage
“Black lives matters, just matter, not matter more than you....that’s where we start the negotiations...”
- Michael Che - PART 1
#BlackLivesMatter #BLM #BLMUK #BritishHistoryMatters
"There's a lot of tension. Blacks and cops aren't getting along.

I don't know if you've seen the news for the past 400 years but...”
- Michael Che - PART 2 #BlackLivesMatter #BLM #BlackLivesMatterUK #BLMLDN
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Scenes from #BlackLivesMatter 
protest in London. Footage of a police horse without its rider, running through a crowd in Whitehall.whitehall
(footage via @TruthRaiderHQ). #BlackLivesMatterUK #BlackLivesMatterlondon
It’s unclear why mounted police officers were ordered to charge (slowly) at protestors down Whitehall.

Unsurprisingly, the move has escalated tensions. (Footage via @matthabusby)
#BlackLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatterUK #BlackLivesMatterlondon
Footage of the mounted police officer being knocked off the horse (via @bog_pc).

It appears that the horse was spooked & galloped towards the crowd.

It seems to run beneath a traffic sign which strikes the officer causing him/her to fall off backwards.
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i’m at the #blacklivesmatter protest in london where thousands of people have turned up in the rain to show their support
there’s a guy giving out free masks at the #blacklivesmatter protest outside parliament square in london
some of the signs spotted at the #BlackLivesMatter protest in london
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Kerry Anne Mendoza made some
very good points this morning when she said the government is "Gaslighting" us all the time. They are treating us like mushrooms, keeping us in the dark and feeding us manure once a day, instead of being able to grow healthily and flourish. I believe
that the world is changing, let's face it since the turn of the year, lots of things have changed, yes we've lost some of our freedoms, but there is a fundamental change happening. #BlackLivesMatterUK is not just about police brutality, it's also about the economic and
institutional #racism of those in power over us, for example the way #Trump is handling the protests in America, he thinks that a show of force is going to work. Sorry Donald but I don't see it that way, you cannot stop a movement, the clue is in the word, a MOVEMENT is like
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What’s the need for a UK #BlackLivesMatter movement? There isn’t any racism, institutional bias or oppression in the UK? Just bandwagonning? An excuse to make noise and go outdoors?

A thread.

1. 1993 Stephen Lawrence (18) killed in an unprovoked racist attack. A case riddled with police failings, laziness, racism & corruption, that took 18 years 2 bring only 2/5 murderers 2 (barely) justice. The criminal justice system remains bias, racist & dangerous for black people
(I hate the term BAME but for word count purposes I’ll use it here.

BP = black people
WP = white people)
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In 1991, I was beaten by NYPD at anti-Iraq War protest. Undercover agents threw something into parade, 18 of us were dragged over barricades fencing protesters in. One cop kicked me in face while I was on the ground; another jumped on my stomach with his knee. #BlackLivesMatter
I was one of the War Parade 18, charged with offences such as resisting arrest with a sentence of 13 years in prison. The only reason we were not imprisoned was because of news footage that finally was found that showed police attacked us. (2) #BlackLivesMatter
When in jail the first night after the arrest, when we were bleeding and injured, the police woke us up in the middle of the night to take photos of us and said if we have been fucked, we wouldn't be protesting. (3) #BlackLivesMatterUK
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BREAKING: Whitehall sources tell me @PHE_uk review into BAME ppl disproportionately being affected by #COVID19 is delayed for 2nd time because No 10 is “worried about current global events”. They say it’s in “too close proximity” to the #BlackLivesMatterUK protests. More @SkyNews
Sources go on to tel me it would be “bad taste” if they published the report now. And that government won’t be able to release a report without “concrete and solid next steps.” @SkyNews
Response from Shadow Equalities Secretary @MarshadeCordova
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