The clearest message coming out of the #BlackLivesMatter protests in the US is that we all need to take responsibility. Change can’t happen unless the majority of people respond to the call – but how can you do that? What can you do, within your personal or work life, that will help you to facilitate a shift?
Twitter has this week provided some guidance on this, listing a series of guides and pointers to help people better understand and respond to the call.
As explained by Twitter:
“The recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and George Floyd, and the victimization of Christian Cooper have left many of us angry, and with a deep sense of grief. Now is a time to take care – and take action. Now is a time for #Allyship.”
Twitter says that, in order to respond, people first need to be “understand the historical and structural contexts that have led to racism and discrimination”
Developing an understanding of the systemic processes that have lead to the current state is key in gaining true perspective on the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and the more people are educated on these elements, the better placed we’ll be to enact effective change in our systems.
Twitter also provides some practical advice for people looking to approach the situation with colleagues & with their friends.