Thursday 04-06-2020 - 15:51
Black lives matter. There is no discussion.
Here at the University of South Wales and University of South Wales Students’ Union we condemn any form of racism or discriminatory behaviour. We will continue to fight to eradicate this injustice and support those who are suffering because of it. Now is the time to educate yourself on how to support this movement.
Donate if you can, sign the petitions, do your research, and talk to the people you love. Now is the time to elevate the voices of black people.
What is the BLM Movement?
Black Lives Matter is an international human rights movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people.
You can find more information about this movement here.
How can I educate myself about this movement?
Here are the links to some online resources – read these, educate yourself, share them.
Here are some recommended readings:
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
- Reni Eddo-Lodge Me and White Supremacy
- Layla F Saad Freedom Is A Constant Struggle
- Angela Davis How to be an Antiracist
- Ibram X. Kendi Colourblindness
- Michelle Alexander.
Here are some Netflix recommendations to enhance your understanding of what it is like to be black in America:
- Fruitvale Station – A film about Oscar Grant III who was killed by a police officer. This film documents his final 24 hours, death, and the aftermath.
- When They See Us – This is a series about five boys who are falsely accused of rape and subsequently locked up. They maintained their innocence and spent years fighting their convictions.
- Boyz n the Hood – This is a film about the impact of institutional racism rather than racism itself.
- 13th – This is a documentary that explains the 13th amendment and how the police and prison systems are racist.
Where can I report racism at USW?
For students studying with us at USW, we have zero tolerance to racism. USW is a place of inclusivity, equality, and respect. We hope that no students will experience racism when at USW, but we understand this is not always the case. If you ever require support in reporting racism you can contact one of the Dignity at Study advisers who will offer support and assistance
Support is also available from:
The SU Officers
Support for BME young people, families and individuals in Wales: www.eyst.org.uk
The largest community of therapists of Black, African, Asian and Caribbean Heritage in the UK: www.baatn.org.uk
USWSU will continue to fight inequality, commit to making USWSU a safe space free of racism and prejudice, and work on amplifying the voices of our Black students.
We stand in solidarity with our Black students and the Black community worldwide.
You can drop me a question on social anytime @ShannonLeeSU on Facebook or @USWSUOfficers on Twitter, or email email@example.com.