Time to Overcome Racism: How George Floyd’s death has made me actively anti-racist
Before George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minnesota police, how ANTI-RACIST were you?
I wasn’t racist, but I was a hypocrite. I would SAY I wasn’t racist, and yet my IG feed and stories didn’t really reflect that. I’d rarely comment on black issues, as I didn’t feel it was my place.
The truth is: anti-racism is EVERYBODY’S place. Whether we are White, Black, Indigenous, Asian and so on, it is our place to speak out against racism.
It is our place to act against racism.
In today’s podcast, I controversially discuss why some Black educators on social media may help the anti-racism cause by being more open to questions from those of other colours. Hint: it’s about a thing called “Prestige Bias”…
I also touch on the hypocrisy of some of the things I’m seeing on my social media feeds, especially from brands and influencers…
And – perhaps also controversially – I talk about why I think it’s about WAY more than being anti-police. The ‘f**k the police’ chants are conflating the fact that Black people are oppressed in MANY areas of life, not just law and order.
I close off on a question. There’s been a lot on social media about not taking a Black issue and making it all about White people. I ask how we find the balance between recentering the issue around the fact that White people are RESPONSIBLE, without denigrating the suffering of BPOC communities.
It’s a tough one, but it’s time for anti-racism to stand front and centre.