• Yomi Ajilore

Silence Is Not an Option

Over the past few days, I’ve felt a wealth of emotions of which I’ve been continuously trying to contain. I’ve started about three different posts which I’ve had to delete, but I felt it was important for me to address the issues which have not only been unfolding before our eyes all over the world, but that are part of deeper systemic issues that need to be addressed.

The horrifying death of George Floyd at the hands of four police officers in the United States, the death of railway worker and beloved mother, Belly Mujinga after being spat at by an individual knowingly infected by COVID-19 and the disproportionate number of BAME people being affected by the virus.

Without normalising any of this, as a black man with a disability, discrimination is not new to me, nor is it something I’m surprised by. However, watching three officers stand by, whilst an innocent, unarmed black man was murdered, hits hard. I felt it was important for me to say that here at beBrave, we are against racism and any form of discrimination. We love all people. We pride ourselves on being inclusive and helping everyone we can, despite their background, race, religion or sexuality.

My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who have died, as well as everyone who is experiencing trauma as a result of all that is happening worldwide. Going forward, more needs to be done. Although sometimes, we feel as though individually we can’t make change, there are always small ways we can make a great impact together.

Education is key, donate to initiatives, support black organisations, have uncomfortable discussions about race. Specifically, for those who aren’t a part of the black community, be patient with your black friends and colleagues as they do their best to deal with this trauma, it’s likely that they will feel unable to address their emotions whilst navigating their everyday lives. Talk to them, respectfully ask questions and create a safe space for them to process their emotions while at work.

Where to donate:

Minnesota Freedom Fund The Belly Mujinga Memorial Fund

The Official George Floyd Memorial Fund

Black Lives Matter Fund

Organisations you can support:

The Kingdom Fund, Kwanda, YSYS, Black and Good, Elimu International, Foundervine, A plate for London, Cornerstone Partners, Lendoe, Jamii, BlackBusinessUK, Launch Seven, WAN, YDWC, BYP-Network, Avila Diana & loads more. Being silent is being complicit.

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