Over the weekend you will probably have seen in the news or on social media, protests and riots spring up across the United States following the death of George Floyd, and the distress this has caused on a global level. We stand in solidarity with our black colleagues and students and we support the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
We strongly disagree with the brutality of black lives, the loss of innocent lives, the hate, racism, inequality and injustice that sadly exists within our community.
The brutality, unfair treatment of black people in workplaces, schools and many other places is heartbreaking. As a Students’ Union, we believe in speaking out. We believe in educating others and ourselves to stop racism from all corners, and demand justice and fair treatment to the black community and beyond.
These problems are not unique to the United States, they are global and all too often witnessed in our own country.
Universities have a responsibility to fight racism and represent BAME groups, and that is why we need to pledge ourselves to real and lasting change, starting from within our own community.
We understand that many of you may want to join the protests taking place as a stand of solidarity, however, we would urge you to take care. We are still in a pandemic and we ask that you please take all measures to protect yourselves and others in the light of the risk posed by COVID-19.
Lastly, as Martin Luther King once said: “I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white girls and boys”.
This is the world we should seek, a community, country and world where everyone is treated equally and fairly. A world where unity, peace, diversity and inclusion is the language of our society.
On behalf of BSU, Ramy (VP Education) and Onyinye (VP Welfare)
We understand this is a difficult time for our black students and want to encourage you to contact our BSU Support team if you need it. Contact them at BSUsupport@brighton.ac.uk.
You can report any hate crime that you witness or experience to the University here: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/current-students/my-student-life/my-wellbeing/violence-and-abuse/index.aspx. This can be anonymous if you prefer.
You can also access support for black communities through The Black, African, and Asian Therapy Network: https://www.baatn.org.uk/free-services/.