WHY BLACK LIVES MATTER

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A Solidarity Statement with Black Lives Matter

The Cultural Assembly stands in solidarity with The Black Lives Matter Movement, the Black community and the struggle against racism, systemic racism and in tackling matters of inequality.

The Cultural Assembly is committed to fostering a community of respectfulness, positive relationships and experiences in an environment free of harassment, violence, exploitation and intimidation. All of us have a part to play in addressing racism, especially individuals and organisations who choose to say and do nothing.

At this moment, we stand in solidarity with the community and the families of George Floyd, Ahmoud Arbery, Breanna Taylor, Mzee Mohammed, Mark Duggan and all the countless people, friends, fathers, mothers, sons.. the forgotten Black Men, Women and Children who have lost their lives senselessly or have been adversely effected by Police brutality and systemic racism throughout the world.

During this trying time in the UK we believe that our community have a chance to resurrect our love of humanity and ourselves as human beings and seize the moment to build confidence in our ability to collectively take action. Sadly most people of colour are not surprised or new to this tragic situation, but we can all take a stand and recognise what is fundamentally right. We come from a long line of change makers – artists and activists who built the foundations of which we all stand. They have left us a wealth of lessons that we can all use. 

The Cultural Assembly are proud to be part of a band of resilient communities gathered to do this work locally and internationally. We will continue to work with intention to help organise and mobilise our communities to effect positive change. We except this responsibility with humility and intention.

Racism or discrimination of any kind has no place in society. Equality and equity for all should not a be a controversial issue, it is a human right.

The value of Black people’s lives are not dependent on how well they can assimilate into a society that was built to work against them. Ignorance is a privilege. Ignorance is a choice. We know that what we are witnessing goes beyond the circumstance of most recent events and reflects a systemic social, economic and political inequality that leaders of this country and the complacent white privileged are reluctant to address.

We believe as a community we will continue our efforts tirelessly until these ideals are achieved and assist in the necessary reflection and healing that needs to occur. Thank you so much for all the ways you have shown your support for The Cultural Assembly over the last two years and to each other during this difficult and challenging time. 

We can only hope this new age of awareness, leads to understanding and acceptance of the necessary changes we need to make, so we all can create a better future for all. 

Thank you and stay safe.

RESOURCES

BOOKS

  • Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Me And White Supremacy – Layla F Saad
  • Between The World And Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Autobiography Of Malcolm X – Malcolm X & Alex Halsey
  • Teaching For Black Lives – Dylan Watson, Jesse Hagopian, Wayne Au
  • Black, Listed: Black British Culture Explored – Jeffrey Boakye
  • How To Argue With A Racist – Adam Rutherford 
  • Natives – Akala
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander
  • How To Be An Antiracist – Ibram X Kendi
  • So You Want To Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo
  • White Fragility – Robin DiAngelo (a good resource but note it is written by a white author)
  • Killing Rage: Ending Racism – Bell Hooks
  • Sister Outside – Audre Lorde
  • The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
  • Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood – Trevor Noah
  • The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison

Organisations and campaign charities you can donate to:

Funding for change makers and activists:

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