Wildcats support Black Lives Matter movement
Following the sad and unnecessary death of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matters movement has seen many engage in peaceful protests across the globe. We are proud and privileged to see our very own Wildcat, Jasmine Joyner stand up for what is right when she joined the protest in her home state of North Carolina:
“Tonight, it was bigger than me. It will continue to be. My voice will be heard for my brothers and sisters. I will continue to fight for all my black people. George Floyd could’ve been my cousin. Sandra Bland could’ve been me. If you don’t understand why I’m angry than you’re a part of the problem. Today I used my voice in my home state North Carolina and I will continue to scream “BLACK LIVES MATTER” until change is made. Justice delayed is justice denied.”
Nottingham Wildcats fully supports the Black Lives Movement and will continue to support and promote equality.
‘As a club, the Nottingham Wildcats does not tolerate racism in any form, but not tolerating racism or not being racist isn’t enough. We must seek to be actively anti-racist, fighting against racism…not just today because of current events in the US, but every single day. We have an obligation, to this generation and the next, to educate and empower in order to continue the pursuit of racial equality. This means standing up for people of colour. This means not staying silent because speaking up makes us feel uncomfortable. This means standing up for what is right and acknowledging what is wrong. As a club we will lead by example and encourage and support our members to do the same. We stand together.’
Off the back of current events, as a club we have researched into how we can do our part and aim to be better to fight injustice and inequality that include:
- Educate yourself through books, film, podcast and research,
- Have intentional conversations about racial injustices in your home and classroom, no matter how uncomfortable it is,
- Don’t be afraid to speak up when friends and family behave in a racist discriminatory way whether verbally or non-verbally,
- Be open and honest with yourself about behaviours that perpetuate racial inequality and challenge them within yourself, be willing to change,
- Uplift, support and promote black initiatives.
There are a several excellent resources that include websites, books, movies and podcast available to people to help educate yourself that include:
Round Table Books
Where Change Started
Top 10 black history podcasts to follow
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor” Desmond Tutu