As Director of the Sky Project in Bristol and also being born in Britain as a person of colour – I stand in solidarity with the worldwide Black Lives Matter movement. This important opportunity to tackle racism on all fronts must not fade.
Racism and racial/cultural prejudices deny a voice to those who need help the most, including victims and those at risk of a forced marriage.
Racism occurs at all levels. Having personally delivered a forced marriage training session where a senior Bristol City Council member asked ‘shouldn’t those communities just go back to where they came from?…’ it is undeniable that racism is a real and urgent problem.
Each and every one of us can have a part to play; by not turning a blind eye, holding people accountable for their words/actions and to speak up/take action such as the protests seen in Bristol and worldwide.
I have never been more proud of the people of Bristol in the way they have contributed to this BLM cause.
We must ALL fight to obtain equality for all.