A statement from your Sabbatical Officers

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The events over the past week have moved us to our core and we have found it hard to find the words to write. As your Students’ Union Sabbatical Officers, we wanted to respond to the recent murder of George Floyd which has caused a greater awakening to the injustices black communities face which have been happening for too long. We know that many of you are saddened, frustrated and angry at the news of George Floyd’s death and we share your emotions. We know our black community is hurting and we stand with you. We know that things must change.

At times like this, we can feel powerless and overwhelmed by what is happening. We can’t change the whole world alone, but we can change our own actions, words and behaviour. We can start by changing today.

If you are a white student reading this, it is not the job of black communities to educate you. Start learning about your own white privilege and how you can become an effective ally. We want to help you to make change and we will share resources to help you educate yourself. We urge you to take the time to take action today - you could begin with signing a petition, listening to a podcast, reading a blog and if you’re able to, making a donation. 

We understand it is a particularly difficult time for our black members and we want to encourage you to access support if you need to:

If you experience or witness any racist behaviour, we encourage you to report it (which can be done anonymously if you prefer) and to access support through the University’s Report and Support service - https://reportandsupport.bathspa.ac.uk/

Like so many of you, we posted a black square on Black Out Tuesday to show our solidarity and love to the black community. However, this has to go further than words and social media posts. We will work harder in the Students’ Union to tackle these issues and become actively anti-racist. We commit to further educating ourselves on the issues our black students face; we want to listen, to learn and to amplify the voices of our black community at Bath Spa. We will prioritise equality, diversity and inclusion training for our staff, invest in appropriate resources and continually examine our policies, processes and how we work. We also commit to putting pressure on the University to publicly do the same. We understand that institutional racism is an issue across the UK, and we must work harder to address it. 

We stand in solidarity with our black members and the Black Lives Matter campaign. We have listed some useful resources below which we would encourage you to access in order to support and understand the movement for change.

Reflect, educate, take action and learn to become a proactive ally. 

 

Jazz Nesbitt-Larking, Students’ Union President

Ceri Bailey, Vice President Education

Megan Robertson, Vice President Community

 

Information on the #blacklivesmatter campaign and how you can get involved and donate can be found here: https://blacklivesmatter.com/

Information on other ways you can get involved can be found here: https://linktr.ee/iiuri

Google document which is regularly updated with practical actions you can take :

https://twitter.com/_nmtr/status/1267915358679203845

If you are protesting, you can read about your rights and protesting safely here: https://www.nusconnect.org.uk/articles/know-your-rights-a-guide-for-protesters 

 

Watch:

13th (Netflix) 

American Son (Netflix) 

Dear White People (Netflix) 

See You Yesterday (Netflix) 

Little Fires Everywhere (Amazon) 

When They See Us (Netflix) 

I Am Not Your Negro (Amazon) 

What Happens When I try to Talk race with White People (Youtube) 

Not All Superheros Wear capes - How You Have The Power To Change The World (Nova Reid, TEDxFrankfurt) 

Let's Get to the Root of Racial injustice (Megan Ming Francis TEDxRainier) 

White People, Enough: A Look at Power and Control (Jaelyn Coates TEDxCSU) 

 

Decolonize Your Instagram by following people of colour on Instagram:

@hillarygyebi

@blklivesmatter 

@ShaunKing

@ohhappydani

@Ava 

@Ijeomaluo 

@ckyourprivilege 

@kickiyangz

@Dontecolley

@stephanieYebhoah 

@florencegiven

@theconsiouskid 

@privtoprog

 

Listen:

1619 (New York Times) 

About Race 

Code Switch (NPR) 

Intersectionality Matters! 

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast 

Pod For The Cause (Leadership Conf on Civil & Human Rights)

Pod Save the People (Crooked Media) 

Seeing White 

Parenting Forward Podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’ 

Fare of the Free Child Podcast

Stance Podcast (Spotify)

Yellow Cup Podcast (Spotify) 

The Dope Black Podcast (Spotify) 

Black, Broke and Brilliant (Spotify)

Colour Out The Box (Spotify) 

Say Your Mind (Spotify) 

The Tea and Biscuits Podcast (Spotify)
 

Read:

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge

Queenie - Candice Carty Willams

It's Not About the Burqa - Mariam Khan

Girl, Woman, Other - Bernardine Evaristo 

Me and White Supremacy - Layla F Saad

White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo 

The Good Immigrant - Nikesh Shukla 

Citizen An American Lyric - Claudia Rankine 

The Clapback: Your Guide to Calling out Racist Stereotypes - Elijah Lawal

My Name is Why: A Memoir - Lemn Sissay 

The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone - Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson 

 

Articles to Read:

Why You Need to Stop Saying “All Lives Matter” by Rachel Cargle 

10 Habits of Someone Who Doesn’t Know They’re Anti-Black 

100 Ways White People Can Make Life Less Frustrating For People of Colour 

 

Where to Donate: 

Black Visions Collective - www.blackvisionsmn.org 

Reclaim the Block - www.reclaimtheblock.org

Know Your Rights Camp - www.knowyourrightscamp.com

Minnesota Freedom Fund - www.minnesotafreedomfund.org

George Floyd Memorial Fund - www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

Campaign Zero - www.joincampaignzero.org

Black Lives Matter - www.blacklivesmatter.com

How to Financially Help BLM without Money (also has lots of links and Instagram tags to BME artists and musicians) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCgLa25fDHM

 

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