Black Lives Matter
Dear SOBG family,
Our hearts are extremely heavy right now. We are filled with deep sadness, anger, and urgency in response to recent events.
Over the past week, our team has taken a step back to listen, to reflect, and to hold ourselves accountable. We at SOBG are committed to building solidarity, to addressing injustice, and to (un) learning and (re) learning the ways in which we can better support Black communities, right now and always. We will not remain complicit towards racial injustice. We will use our growing platform to actively call it out, in all its varying shapes and forms.
The recent deaths of Armaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd in the United States, and D’Andre Campbell, and Regis Korchinski-Paquet in Canada, remind us that the world we inhabit is vastly different for our Black brothers and sisters. Our diasporic communities have historically benefited from Black liberation struggles in North America, and globally we continue to benefit from anti-Black racism.
We as self-identified brown folks, as members of the transnational South Asian community, have an important role to play in ensuring we are effective and supportive allies. Staying silent is contributing to anti-Blackness. We support the Black Lives Matter movement and we commit to fighting alongside Black communities by checking our own privilege, exposing white supremacy and systemic racism, resisting oppression, and calling out everyday injustice. All of our forthcoming programming will center these processes of unlearning and solidarity building.
For non-Black People of Colour, and especially for South Asians, some guidelines that we have compiled for being effective allies in the fight against anti-Blackness include the following:
- Share resources and speak up online – mindfully, of course!
- Speak up offline and have difficult conversations with friends and family – change starts at home!
- Donate, sign petitions, call your local political representatives
- Listen, listen again, and listen some more to Black voices
- Do your homework on how you can continue to be a supportive force for change; don’t lean on your Black friends and colleagues to educate you
- Call out shadeism/colourism – this is a manifestation of anti-Blackness!
- Check up on your Black friends and community members; let them tell you what they need at this time
- Appreciate, don’t appropriate Black culture
- Call out the model minority myth – this pits Balck, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) against each other!
- Remember your own histories – it is important to unite against the common systems that have historically oppressed all BIPOC communities!
- Support and promote Black businesses, artists, writers, and storytellers – do the work to #amplifymelanatedvoices!
Check out our stories and the link in our bio for more resources and feel free to connect with us if there is particular content you’d like us to share, or conversations you feel we can curate. We are always here for you.
Shades of Brown Girl