Where we are now…

Hello, it’s me, Irina. It’s June, we are halfway to 2021. I’ve tried to start this blog entry before, typed, pressed the backspace button way too many times and then started again. This is definitely something new on my platform, different from anything I’ve ever put out there. I feel like there’s so much to say, and that there’s no question about finding a way to say it, but to just do it.

So, let me tell you where we, the world, are now.

2020 started just as any other year – for most of us it started with an early or late night shift, going back to the same-old job, coming back home to sink between the pillows and blankets on our beds. February simply flew by.

Plot twist, March brought over a pandemic: Covid-19 packed its bags and moved to Europe, for a while. I remember that on the 23rd of March the UK went into lockdown and just a few days before, my colleagues and I started working from home as a precaution. If someone had told me that the world was going to be put on hold for a couple months, I wouldn’t have believed them. And so, the entire world took a break and stayed at home. Some created nooks in their homes for offices, while the ones working on the front line went back to work every day to save lives, help out and keep the world moving. By now, we’ve gotten accustomed to social distancing, queuing outside shops and finding activities indoors to keep us somewhat busy during these times.

However, what followed was about to change the world.

George Floyd, an African-American man was murdered by a police officer.

Are you asking yourself how can this still happen in 2020?

It actually happens a lot, and not only in America, but everywhere, and it is crucial to underline the fact that we are talking here about black communities. His tragic death was the world’s breaking point – and in other words, the starting point of a worldwide movement. There is no more room for non-racism, it’s time for anti-racism.

The world has come together to fight for racial justice, be it through educating themselves, having conversations with the ones around them or spreading the word online, protesting on the streets.

Next time you see an injustice, you better speak up.

So, here we are… the world is finally waking up. Are you?

https://www.change.org/p/mayor-jacob-frey-justice-for-george-floyd

We can’t make any more excuses: this is 2020. There is a new generation rising through the ranks, and they deserve better. Get to know people from other races. Read books that challenge your preconceptions. Watch documentaries that inform your values. Be curious. And do not turn a blind eye when you come across a racist act, big or small. The time to act is now.

EDWARD ENNINFUL
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Social media has been a bit overwhelming since I first put up this post so it has taken some time for me to post this. On Friday, I shared this content on Twitter after I felt the conversations online were like screaming into an echo chamber. I wanted to provide those who wanted to support and be an ally with practical tips to move forward and make a change in our society. I am still somewhat surprised and overwhelmed by the reception so please take patience with me at this time. — For a note on who I am to those who have followed me from Twitter, my name is Mireille. I'm an assistant editor and I do freelance writing, PR and sensitivity reading and other bits on the side. I am extremely passionate about diversity and inclusion, and everything I have shared is not new knowledge to me. From as far back as I can remember I've been campaigning, fighting for equality and supporting and working with black owned organisations. I have worked in the diversity and inclusion space for around four years and I have been equipped with knowledge, skills etc through that work as well as through wider, intensive reading and being raised by a Jamaican mother who has a degree in Women's Studies. I felt as a mixed race person who was emotionally capable despite the current situation that I could use my learned experience, skills and compassion to offer this advice to allies and anyone else who was seeking advice but didn't know where to turn. This is now on my stories as a highlight so please feel free to share from there or here. — A small reminder that this took emotional labour and POC, especially black people are not here to teach you everything. When I said ask how you can support, I meant on a personal level as a friend etc. I hope this toolkit provides you with the starter info you need but there are genuinely people more experienced than me who warrant your listening to – please go and follow @nowhitesaviors, @laylafsaad, @rachel.cargle, @ckyourprivilege, @iamrachelricketts, @thegreatunlearn, @renieddolodge, @ibramxk + a few more: @akalamusic, @katycatalyst + @roiannenedd who all have books or resources from many more years of experience. _

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Author: irinaiacob

I am a journalist from Bucharest, Romania, currently trying my luck in London. I believe that "knowledge is power but enthusiasm pulls the switch." I have a passion for filming and editing photos and videos. I always write with a cup of coffee in my hand.

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