Nope, not jumping on the BLM bandwagon, as I have long known that the Black Experience will never be mine, so there is no way I can truly feel what they are feeling and I won’t pretend to (though I stand with them and empathise as much as I can). My own deeper feelings about systemic racism have been with me since I was quite young, as I grew up with both racists and victims of racism. But right now all we can do is give support however we can, and understand that the protesters, rioters and looters are for the most part three quite different groups of people. Amazing that the protesters are out there in a middle of a global pandemic. It’s both magnificent and terrifying. I’m sure George Floyd could never have imagined this would be his legacy.
Anyhow, just posting this pic of the Banksy tribute to George Floyd. I found it very moving.
At first I thought I should just shut up and listen to black people about this issue. But why would I do that? It’s not their problem, it’s mine.
People of colour are being failed by the system. The white system. Like a broken pipe flooding the apartment of the people living downstairs. The faulty system is making their life a misery, but it’s not their job to fix it. They can’t, no one will let them in the apartment upstairs. This is a white problem. And if white people don’t fix it, someone will have to come upstairs and kick the door in.