Black Lives Matter
We are all rightly horrified by the killing of George Lloyd in the US, and support the worldwide calls for justice. Unfortunately racism and discrimination can still be found in the UK as well, so we should all play our part in the fight against racism, including anti-black racism.
Cheadle CLP recognises that part of the solution is to listen to our communities about their experiences with racism. Only with that common understanding can we make any progress. This is an ongoing process and we always strive to improve as individuals and as an organisation. In the words of the acclaimed author Ijeoma Oluo, “Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward.”
It is clear that the black community in the UK is still experiencing systemic inequalities; from being 4 times more likely to be tasered by the police, 4 time more likely to be excluded from school and more than twice as likely to die from COVID-19. The issues raised go far beyond the justice system and the Windrush scandal. Labour is an ally to the black community and we are ready join with them to continue the on going struggle against racism.
If you wish to find out more about racism, here are a few relevant books and links that we have found useful:
- British: On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch
- Why I’m No Longer Talk to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- Natives: Race & Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala
- How to Argue With A Racist by Dr. Adam Rutherford
- About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge
- George the Poet
- Runnymede Trust
- Show Racism the Red Card
Messages from David Lammy, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Kier Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party:
What’s striking about this moment is that when you look at the protests it’s black and white, young people, old people, all kinds of people. All saying enough is enough.
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) June 6, 2020
— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) June 4, 2020
A message from Laith Gibani, Cheadle CLP Chair:
This cross party initiative launched on Monday 23rd of March and so if you have any items to donate off the list above, please take them to Lifestyle Express, 142 Stockport Road, Cheadle, SK8 2DP over the coming weeks.
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Take care and thanks again for your fantastic support.