Wednesday, June 3rd 2020
The events of this week have been another painful reminder of the stark challenges that people of colour continue to face.
The tragic death of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer in Minnesota, USA was cruel, inhumane, and has no place in society.
They are actions that we would be appalled to see happening to an animal, much less a human being in broad daylight.
Floyd’s death and the protests that followed may feel far away to many, but to those from minority backgrounds in the UK, they echo a struggle that continues every day.
The struggle may not always be as clear as it is in that shocking video, but the outcome is the same – depriving people of health, wealth, happiness, and ultimately shortening lives.
It manifests itself in diverse inner-city Bristol communities, where people have a life expectancy that is 10 years lower than those who live in richer areas like Clifton and Hotwells & Harbourside.
Where far too many people of colour are marginalised and deprived of fair treatment, and equal opportunity. Where far too many people are held under a knee as they try to take care of themselves, and their families.
To the young people we work with and young people across the city, we understand that this is a difficult time and that you may be looking for either emotional support or support with understanding how you can make a positive change in your community. Our doors are open, and we welcome you to contact our Engagement Team at firstname.lastname@example.org for this.
You may be looking to join protests during this time. This does bring its own risks, especially as people of colour have been disproportionately infected by the pandemic so far.
We recommend that you think, reflect and talk to loved ones about how your role in a protest or a march could exacerbate the health and economic hardships of many in your local area before making a decision. Call us if you need further advice: 07376428817
To the members of our society, irrespective of your background, know that there’s still power in your words, actions and within your fingertips to speak out against injustice in any form. You are more powerful than you realise!