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Góðan daginn elsku þið. Mótmælin í Bandaríkjunum og byltingin sem er að eiga sér stað í kjölfar andláts George Floyd hefur haft mikil áhrif á mig síðustu daga. Myndefnið sem flæðir í kjölfarið um samfélagsmiðla og fréttavefi er skelfilegt og sýnir skýrt og greinilega hversu rótgróinn rasismi er og hefur verið það í áraraðir. Ég hef nýtt tímann minn síðastliðna viku í að lesa og fræða mig um kynþáttahatur, forréttindi hvítra og þetta rótgróna og kerfisbundna samfélagsmein. Fyrir tilstilli tækninnar eru augu heimsins alls að opnast fyrir þessum raunveruleika sem verður að breytast. 

Fyrir nokkrum dögum leið mér eins ég hefði ekki rétt á því að tjá mig um þessi málefni, verandi hvít kona sem aldrei hefur mætt mótlæti í líkingu við það sem svartir og litaðir í Bandaríkjunum og um allan heim þurfa að horfast í augu við hvern einasta dag. Hins vegar áttaði ég mig fljótt á því að mér finnst það í  mínum verkahring að nota röddina mína og þennan vettvang sem ég hef til að miðla upplýsingum um það sem við getum gert til að læra um og uppræta rasisma. Ég viðurkenni forréttindi mín og þá staðreynd að ég gerði mér ekki grein fyrir því að rasismi er miklu algengari en við héldum, meira að segja í litla samfélaginu okkar á Íslandi.

Það er hafsjór af efni í boði sem útskýrir það sem er að eiga sér stað í Bandaríkjunum, sögu svartra, forréttindi hvítra og hvers vegna hlutirnir hafa þróast í þann raunveruleika sem við sjáum í dag. Á samfélagsmiðlum er að finna tillögur um sjóði og undirskriftarlista til að leggja baráttunni lið. Einnig er mikið af upplýsingum um lesefni, sjónvarpsefni og hlaðvörp sem snúast um málefnið. Á þriðjudaginn var #blackouttuesday á samfélagsmiðlum. Fjölmargir tóku þátt og í kjölfarið heyrðust raddir um að það væri ekki nóg að birta eina mynd til að „vera með“ og halda síðan áfram með daginn sinn. Fólk yrði að opna augun og taka þetta lengra, læra, fræða aðra ásamt því að leggja baráttunni lið með fjárframlögum og undirskriftum. Tjá sig og nota rödd sína. Ég skil að mörgum líður mögulega ekki nógu upplýstum og treysta sér ekki til að tjá sig akkurat núna.  Við viljum eðlilega byrja hjá okkur sjálfum, líta inn á við og taka þetta svo lengra. En hvort sem það er online eða ekki, miðlum því sem við erum að læra þessa dagana á einn eða annan hátt. Það er undir okkur komið. Þetta er ekki bara bylgja á samfélagsmiðlum sem gengur síðan yfir. Ég ákvað að taka saman í eina færslu nokkra instagram posta sem hafa reynst mér vel og innihalda mikið magn af upplýsingum um rasisma, white privilege, fræðsluefni, sjóði og undirskriftalista. Ég á margt eftir ólært og þetta er bara brotabrot úr hafsjó af upplýsingum sem eru aðgengilegar á netinu – en ég hvet ykkur til að skoða þetta nánar. 

Fyrst langar mig að mæla með þessu viðtali við Brynju Danþessu viðtali við Kolfinnu og Sigurð og þessu viðtali við Chanel Björk ásamt story sem er í highlights hjá henni á instagram @chanelbjork.

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In an essay for the New York Times, acclaimed professor, award-winning author, and director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, @ibramxk dove into the topic of how to combat racism: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “No one becomes “not racist,” despite a tendency by Americans to identify themselves that way. We can only strive to be “anti-racist” on a daily basis, to continually rededicate ourselves to the lifelong task of overcoming our country’s racist heritage. We learn early the racist notion that white people have more because they are more; that people of color have less because they are less. I had internalized this worldview by my high school graduation, seeing myself and my race as less than other people and blaming other blacks for racial inequities. To build a nation of equal opportunity for everyone, we need to dismantle this spurious legacy of our common upbringing.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In order to do this, we have to educate ourselves. We can learn about covert white supremacy, follow organizations leading the way for racial equity and justice, watch films, listen to podcasts, and read books. This doesn’t need to be seen as a chore, but can instead be seen as an opportunity — an opportunity to better understand ourselves, love our neighbors, and become the change we wish to see. #AntiRacism #BecomeGoodNews @goodgoodgoodco ⠀⠀ — Link to resources in @goodgoodgoodco bio

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Social media has been a bit overwhelming since I first put up this post so it has taken some time for me to post this. On Friday, I shared this content on Twitter after I felt the conversations online were like screaming into an echo chamber. I wanted to provide those who wanted to support and be an ally with practical tips to move forward and make a change in our society. I am still somewhat surprised and overwhelmed by the reception so please take patience with me at this time. — For a note on who I am to those who have followed me from Twitter, my name is Mireille. I'm an assistant editor and I do freelance writing, PR and sensitivity reading and other bits on the side. I am extremely passionate about diversity and inclusion, and everything I have shared is not new knowledge to me. From as far back as I can remember I've been campaigning, fighting for equality and supporting and working with black owned organisations. I have worked in the diversity and inclusion space for around four years and I have been equipped with knowledge, skills etc through that work as well as through wider, intensive reading and being raised by a Jamaican mother who has a degree in Women's Studies. I felt as a mixed race person who was emotionally capable despite the current situation that I could use my learned experience, skills and compassion to offer this advice to allies and anyone else who was seeking advice but didn't know where to turn. This is now on my stories as a highlight so please feel free to share from there or here. — A small reminder that this took emotional labour and POC, especially black people are not here to teach you everything. When I said ask how you can support, I meant on a personal level as a friend etc. I hope this toolkit provides you with the starter info you need but there are genuinely people more experienced than me who warrant your listening to – please go and follow @nowhitesaviors, @laylafsaad, @rachel.cargle, @ckyourprivilege, @iamrachelricketts, @thegreatunlearn, @renieddolodge, @ibramxk + a few more: @akalamusic, @katycatalyst + @roiannenedd who all have books or resources from many more years of experience. _

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I’m gonna be real – for me, racism makes me feel uncomfortable. It’s 2020 yet I’m baffled at why someone’s skin colour still makes a difference to how they’re treated. So many people are getting called out on here but I can understand that EVERYONE has their ways of dealing with things. Some people internalise, some people scream off the top of their lungs, some people punch things etc. I’ve had a few conversations with my friends and family and it’s almost sad because am I surprised that this shit is still happening? No not really. Someone asked me how I feel about this situation and so many POC are going to absolutely hate me for saying this but in all honesty, I feel slightly relieved. 50/60/70 years ago, we didn’t have social media, or cameras on our phones. We didn’t have platforms where regular people could speak up. Where regular people like me and you can educate others and be listened to and taken seriously. The bottom of the line is, our world is still racist but I feel that the world is more awake than ever before. Back then, do you think something like this would get so much coverage? Absolutely not. I know where I came from – my last name is Thomas ffs and come on, that definitely wouldn’t have been my original surname. Am I worried to bring a child of colour into this world? Yes. But I recognise that slavery happened for 400+ years, and radical change takes a long time. It’s been such a short time being out of that. I hate that people have to suffer for change to happen, of course it breaks my heart! No one can tell me different! But also, I’m just glad that I can see way more people of all races fighting for what’s right. Anyway, on a lighter note, for those who want to learn more but don’t know where to start, add a couple of these badboys to your @netflixuk list to watch. There are way more, these are just 5 of my must watches. Please like and share! Those of y’all that have more suggestions, feel free to drop these in the comments. I don’t want any hate on here, just love. 💖 ** EDIT – for those that can’t find the first recommendation, type in ‘Explained’ – season 1 episode 4 **

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