Photo from @PottedElephant
Today. Racism is built right into every level of our society in ways that might surprise you, and it infects the very structure of our society.
For instance, the death of Geroge Floyd, an unarmed black man in the US state of Minnesota at polices’ hands, brought tens of thousands out onto the streets during a pandemic outbreak. It is leading to the Black Live Matter movement across the world.
Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international activist movement originated from the African-American community. Not only it campaigns against violence, systemic racism and asserted equal rights for black people, but BLM also created a black consciousness globally that empowered black people under oppressive systems to rise for their rights.
According to Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Alex Hawke (2020) states that systemic racial discrimination is a global issue where black people have combated since slavery and colonization. Therefore, black consciousness is pivotal for black people to survive within a system.
A good analogy represented by the Plant Community (Potted Elephant) illustrates:
“In our greenhouses, we have plants of all types - cacti, succulents, and tropicals. As these plants grow in their pots, weeds begin to sprout. It doesn’t matter what type of plant it is, or where it is potted in the greenhouse, weeds grow, spread their roots, and begin to suck water and nutrients from the soil. If left alone, plants develop deep taproots, grow exponentially larger, and steal sunlight to choke out the houseplant.
Racism is a weed. It exists in every institution, in every part of our society. It doesn’t matter if its a police department, city hall, school, or a business. It is everywhere, and if left unchecked, it corrupts leadership, policies, laws, and hiring practices. It is up to us to pluck the weed of racism from our communities. It is not enough to be non-racist; all of us must be anti-racist.” - Potted Elephant
At Wanderlushinterior, we stand together with Potted Elephant and other plant community to pledge to be anti-racist, and we support the black lives matter movement.
Join us in action:
- Recognize all of us have implicit biases towards groups of people. Create self-awareness in how our biases influence our actions and words to be better neighbours in how we treat people.
- Commit to being anti-racist. Education deprograms ignorance. Reading How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi and White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo is a good start. Understand that being anti-racist is a journey, not a one and done fix. It’s okay to feel uncomfortable because discomfort is the natural feeling of changing and learning.
- Be the change you want to see in the world. You can safely attend a demonstration, have courageous conversations with family and friends, amplify voices of colour on social media, donate to anti-racist community organizations, or support Black businesses.
To support this movement, help us to share and spread awareness to the black lives matter movement.
Let’s work together for a world where black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise.
“Where we are one united people, regardless of race, language or religion, to build a democratic society based on justice and equality to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for a better world.” Inspired by Singapore's Pledge
All in all, “All lives should matter, and all lives will matter when black lives also matter equally. The day that racists, homophobes, misogynists and other haters of slices of society have eventually lost the battle is the day that all lives matter.” - Gary Burgess
Spread love, not hate.
With love ♥,