Friends of the Earth against systemic racism
As we write, the world is watching a fresh wave of protests against racial discrimination in the US, following the murder of George Floyd – an unarmed black man – by a white police officer in Minneapolis.
His name sadly joins a long list of black people who have died at the hands of police officers using unjustified force.
During these protests in the US we’ve seen law enforcement respond with excessive force, and Donald Trump issue threats to those protesting. While the media spotlight is currently and quite rightly focused on the unfolding tragedy in the US, this is by no means a problem confined to the States.
Friends of the Earth has always fought to protect both people and planet. We believe in the right to protest. In the right to live free of violence and discrimination. And in the right of all people to be treated equally. Rights that are currently not being afforded to black people in many countries around the world.
We stand with those protesting against state violence and systemic racism, and encourage people to support the movement by:
- Donating to Black Lives Matter.
- Learning to be a good ally.
- Educating yourself. Three good book recommendations to get you started are: Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge; White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala.