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George Floyd and Black Lives Matter: Racism’s Pandemic Across the World

Written by Atharva Patwardhan

It would be an under exaggeration to say that America is outraged by yet another death of an unarmed, innocent black man. It would be an under exaggeration to say that black people and POC are absolutely livid with rage and emotion, after being treated unfairly by law enforcement. It would be an under exaggeration to say that women and POC are livid with rage and emotion, after primarily being the victims caused by COVID-19 and not receiving equal medical treatment by doctors and others in the industry. It would be an under exaggeration to say how vile and abhorrent it is, for POC to being called racist and offensive language by whites and have to constantly remain calm and controlled when dealing with whites for a justifiable defence, in case something, “goes wrong”. Racism is prevalent everywhere in our society and it needs to stop.

Western countries such as the UK and the US, were built off colonisation of middle eastern and African countries. The British invaded India in 1608 at the start of the 17th century, imported Indian born inventions like tea, spices, jewels and textiles and caused the destruction of several kingdoms within the country. Winston Churchill said “I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion. The famine was their own fault for breeding like rabbits“, and people still have the audacity to say that Britain isn’t a racist country. Really?

On May 25, 2020, another innocent black man, called George Floyd, was killed at the hands of law enforcement. Since this, both the US and other countries around the world have held protests in their cities, in an effort to try and stop the discrimination and marginalisation of POC everywhere. The media’s favouritism was clear after news outlets were publishing articles about how BLM protestors were breaking social distancing guidelines but left out the hordes of mainly white people who were attending the beach on sunny days in May.  

The case of Madeleine McCann, in which, a white girl, aged three, went missing from her holiday apartment in Portugal in May 2007, cost £11.75 million pounds from an article published by the Independent in March 2019. The case of Shruki Abdi, in which a muslim 12-year-old girl was drowned by her classmates was claimed by Greater Manchester police, initially, as a “tragic incident” and did not believe there were ANY suspicious circumstances. The case of Shruki Abdi has since been reopened and I was not able to find amount spent on the case (Probably none) but the difference in race between the two girls proved to be a major factor in how seriously law enforcement pursued the two cases.

Other POC like Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Rekia Boyd, Tamir Rice and Philando Castille have either died from police brutality, being treated unfairly in police custody or white supremacists with guns. The more disturbing thing is that NONE of their murderers are in jail and are at large with no repercussions or punishment.

The Black Lives Matter movement is still going strong around the world and numerous amounts of people are trying to speak up and inform the world, not just about the marginalisation of POC, but also on the history and culture that racism has influenced. There are many ways in which you can help. I urge you in these desperate times to:

Sign Petitions (of the people listed above)

Donate money to black businesses

Educate yourself on the history by looking up the history or reading books by black authors 

Share relevant posts on your social media accounts to make people aware of injustices or new news that has recently happened.

Take part in the protests and use your white privilege (if you have any) to help others

With these steps, we have the chance of changing the world and making it so that racism, is not a battle that our children don’t have to fight. We have the chance to change the world, so that no one, is discriminated by race.

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Atharva Patwardhan

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