3 min • 02 June, 2020
Gyana is participating in #theshowmustbepaused, disrupting the workweek to take a stand for an honest, reflective and productive conversation.
If you are appalled by what you’ve seen and if you feel the fire rising in your stomach and your anger swell, the tears forming in your eyes and your words dry up, you must turn that into action.
On Monday 25th May 2020, George Floyd was murdered.
George Floyd was detained, bound, pushed around and held down, until his last breath was squeezed from his body by four police officers sworn to protect the citizens of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Why? Because of the colour of his skin.
If you are appalled by what you’ve seen—not just now, but for years, even decades—and if you feel the fire rising in your stomach and your anger swell, the tears forming in your eyes and your words dry up, you must turn that into action.
We don’t need to be revolutionaries or leaders.
We don’t need to be the face of a movement or a protestor clashing with police.
But we must show solidarity.
We must amplify the voices of the unheard.
Whatever it is we do, we must make sure we do something.
Every action is a stand, and each time we make a stand we chip away at this supremacist veneer that has carefully and wilfully been constructed over centuries, designed with artifice for one purpose and one purpose only—to hold power over someone because of the colour of their skin.
What has been constructed can be deconstructed. Every action is a stand, and every stand is a contribution to this deconstruction. We must continue to weaken and dismantle this system together.
Today, Gyana are showing solidarity by participating in #TheShowMustBePaused, intentionally disrupting the working week to take a stand for an honest, reflective and productive conversation.
Visit the #theshowmustbepaused website to learn more about the mission.
Demand action - Put pressure on your local MP to release the delayed report into BAME Covid-19 deaths.
Read, listen and learn - Renni Eddo-Lodge, Afua Hirsch, Akala, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Yaa Gyasi, Marlon James, Colson Whitehead, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jesmyn Ward, David Olusoga...the list is exhaustive, these authors have so much to teach us.
Support businesses - Shop with black-owned business to support them and their family.
Commit to advocacy - Be a life-long ally and continue speaking out against injustices.
Help those in need - Donate to funds and support initiatives in your local area, or globally, if you have the means. The Independent has compiled of list of causes that support the Black Lives Matter movement.