Like you, everyone at Sheffield Hallam Students Union is appalled by the senseless killing of George Floyd in the USA. As a Students' Union we stand against all forms of discrimination, stand up for equality and we will shout out for social justice across the world.
Our Students Union President, Andrew Adegbola, and previous Students Union President, Sheriff Muhammed have written a statement in support of the movement which you can find here.
It's clear we all need to do more to fight for equality and justice. Here are some things you can do to show your support.
Write to your MP
Real change can only come from action. You can write to your MP calling on them to take the fight for social justice seriously. Amnesty International has created a letter template you can download here.
Don't know who you MP is? You can find out here.
MPs get thousands of emails every day so putting a letter in the post can make a real impact.
Check-in with your black friends and colleagues
Your black friends have been fighting against racism and discrimination for decades. Show your support to them by checking in with them and simply listening. Make sure this fight isn’t falling solely on their shoulders.
Sign a petition
While the officers implicated in the death of George Floyd have now been arrested, those responsible for other deaths are still walking free.
You can sign petitions calling for justice for Breonna Taylor, Ahmed Arbery, Belly Mujinga, and many other black people here.
Get Clued Up
Knowledge is power so equip yourself with the facts. Take some time to learn about Black history, read up on how to be an ally, and stand up for what is right.
There is a huge amount of informative and powerful, anti-racist media available.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
Widely acclaimed and largely considered “essential” to help understand the nature of race relations in the United Kingdom, Reni Eddo-Lodge's award-winning piece explores issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race.
When They See Us – Ava DuVernay
Based on true events, this heart-breaking Netflix docudrama details the appalling consequences of the 1989 Central Park jogger case, which saw five male POCs falsely accused of (and further prosecuted on grounds of) rape in New York.
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
A real essential for everyone wanting to know more about race discrimination, The Color Purple depicts the life, trauma, and eventual triumph of a young African-American girl in 1930s America.
More examples can be found here:- http://forgetoday.com/2020/06/08/black-lives-matter-a-joint-statement/
You can find more information and resources at the links below.