I always seem to be apologising for how long it is since I last posted! At the beginning of the year, I had the best of intentions for at least monthly posts. I had a list of topics to focus on each month, and had ideas for competitions, and giveaways for you all.
Then Covid-19 happened. I honestly don’t know what to say about the last few months. I think we have all verged between fear, anger, resignation, apathy, and empathy. There have been times that I could have easily sat and cried, or screamed. The one thing that I strongly believed was that the only saving grace of this pandemic was that it was bringing people back together (while socially distancing!) It was starting to help communities care about each other again. Neighbours were helping neighbours. People were checking in with their families and loved ones, it was starting to feel like people were starting to re-focus on the important things in life.
Then another in a long stream of black men was killed by a member of the police force that is supposed to serve and protect them, and the world started to fracture again. I am incredibly lucky to live in a country where this level of racism is rare. It certainly still exists in the UK, and it is horrific that in this day and age racism exits anywhere, but the scenes in America are truly heart-breaking.
Many people will wonder why I am posting this. I am a white woman living in the UK that could not possibly have any understanding of the pain racism causes. But what I do have is a voice. What I do have is a page, and a forum where I can speak out, and I should. Everyone who has a voice, should speak out. Long gone is the time of silence, and “minding your own business”. This is every human beings business, and we have a duty to stand by our black communities, and unite with them to fight.
Tomorrow I will be sending out an update blog, which I hope will make people smile, and be uplifting, but for today, I just want to finish with the following quotes, which I think sum it up
“I am not black, but I stand with you”
“I understand that I cannot begin to understand, but I stand”