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My week at the Black Lives Matter protests

I had a bit of a moral conundrum over attending last week’s Black Lives Matter protests. How responsible was it to attend a mass gathering during a pandemic disproportionately affecting the BAME community and other minority groups? Ultimately I decided it was too important to sit out, particularly for those of us with the privilege of being able to make that choice.  The week wasan important reminder of the solidarity and empowerment many of us feel - maybe uniquely - at protests. Not to mention the work that we must all be doing to support an anti-racist movement.

What pulling down statues of slave owners tells us about fighting systemic racism

The video of slave trader Edward Colston’s statue being unceremoniously torn down and dumped into Bristol docks on Sunday was an undoubtedly joyous moment for many. As was the removal of slaver Robert Milligan from his plinth outside the Museum of London Docklands only a few hours later. The tearing down of these statues has taught Britain more about its history in a few days than the statues ever did in the century or two they stood in idle glory. Now we need to make sure these moments are turned into a long-lasting struggle to destroy systemic racism by connecting our struggles here and around the world.

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My week at the Black Lives Matter protests

I had a bit of a moral conundrum over attending last week’s Black Lives Matter protests. How responsible was it to attend a mass gathering during a pandemic disproportionately affecting the BAME community and other minority groups? Ultimately I decided it was too important to sit out, particularly for those of us with the privilege of being able to make that choice.  The week wasan important reminder of the solidarity and empowerment many of us feel - maybe uniquely - at protests. Not to mention the work that we must all be doing to support an anti-racist movement.

What pulling down statues of slave owners tells us about fighting systemic racism

The video of slave trader Edward Colston’s statue being unceremoniously torn down and dumped into Bristol docks on Sunday was an undoubtedly joyous moment for many. As was the removal of slaver Robert Milligan from his plinth outside the Museum of London Docklands only a few hours later. The tearing down of these statues has taught Britain more about its history in a few days than the statues ever did in the century or two they stood in idle glory. Now we need to make sure these moments are turned into a long-lasting struggle to destroy systemic racism by connecting our struggles here and around the world.

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