“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.” —— Martin Luther King
On 25th May 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down, begging for his life and repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe”. Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis thousands of protests took place worldwide and in the UK.
To show solidarity, BLM Taunton arranged a peaceful and socially-distant demonstration on 22nd June 2020. It was truly amazing to see so many people turned up, many youngsters spoke out and shared their unique experiences and reflected a solid unity and awareness about BLM issue. Such a community feeling and chanting ‘Black Lives Matter’ made the environment really electrifying.
BLM Taunton said — ”A huge thank you to everyone who came and gave such amazing speeches and for all those who showed up and helped create such a supportive atmosphere. It’s so inspiring to see so many likeminded people all gather in search of equality and justice.”
Taunton Dean CLP showed full support to the peaceful BLM Taunton protest and attended the demonstration on that day.
Taunton Dean CLP Chair, Cllr Brenda Weston said — “The best job I ever had was with Equality South West, an organisation that worked with people from across the region whom the Equality Act is supposed to protect from discrimination. We listened to their experiences, wrote these into reports and training materials, we held conferences and took our learning out to organisations across the region. I think we need to send a message to Boris Johnson from today: we don’t need more research and reports about institutionalised racial discrimination – we need him to act now to put it right.”
Unfortunately, inequality, discrimination and systematic racism still exist in our society and it is very important to stand up for fairness, equality and inclusion. Also, the right to hold a peaceful protest and the freedom of expression are fundamental human rights and an important cornerstone of our society.
June 22nd is officially declared as ‘Windrush Day’ in the UK while we will pay tribute to the outstanding and ongoing contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants. It is a great opportunity for us to come together and remember how the British Caribbean communities played a vital role to rebuild Britain and recover from the post WW2 situation. Windrush day remarks on the anniversary of the arrival of Windrush generation on 22nd June 1948 at Port Tidbury near London. Since then the Empire Windrush and their generation made and continue to make a huge contribution to modern Britain, not only rebuilding the country following the WW2 but also enriching our shared social, economic, cultural and religious life. Their contribution couldn’t be forgotten and will never be, so let’s mark the day and educate the community and our next generation about the great legacy of the Windrush Generation.