Understanding White Privilege

Just a little reminder what life was like on a typical council housing estate in the 70's. 


"Old ladies tell off kids playing in London council estate 1970s"


Makes you think what some people would have to say if these kids living on the same or similar council estate today doing the exact same play, behaviour and verbal attitude to "Old ladies" but happened to be black or brown? 


BROKEN SILENCE

I AM COMMITTED

I am committed with ever fibre of my privileged white middle class being to calling out the uncomfortable truths of systemic racism as and when I see them. To those who have shared their stories to help me understand more I applaud you. I will not get bored or tired or disheartened by the eye rolling and shoulder shrugging of my peers. Things must change...being quiet isn’t an option. Hiding history isn’t an option. Raising my children to shy away from conflict and ignore inequality isn’t an option.


NICOLA

SILENCE. BROKEN

Fri, 2 Apr 2021 23:26

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

I will no longer be silent and I will be an active in changing legislation wherever possible to address the injustices that are done to my brothers and sister. I will intervene and call out any form of racism, I will continue to educate myself  and my friends. I will listen before I speak with people of colour. Enough is enough.



TARA

SILENCE. BROKEN

Fri, 16 Apr 2021 9:02

HONEST ABOUT RACISM

It’s about time we was open and honest about racism. I am a white woman and quite frankly I do not care what colour someone’s skin is. It is absolutely disgusting that the uk and America still will not acknowledge the world’s most racist institution the police! The police and uneducated EDL idiots are the racists the rest of us aren’t. It makes me sick to see officials treating black people in a sub human Manner its disgusting and vile they should be thrown in prison. And I hope with all my being that George floyds murder gets the death sentence he is a disgrace to humanity. I don’t see black people or any other ethnicity as anything other than another person. We are all god’s children and should love it each other and support each other no matter what are differences are ❤️


ALICE

SILENCE. BROKEN

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 20:06

BELOW A SMALL SECLECTION OF MANY

WHO BROKE SILENCE DURING 2020 TO SAY

BLACK LIVES MATTER

AND MANY ARE STILL BREAKKING SILENCE TODAY!

IN 2021


I WILL NOT STOP

UNTIL THERE'S JUSTICE AND PEACE.

I will stand today with black people because Black lives matter.


I will use my voice and educate myself and learn and listen and pass on the message to everyone and anyone.


I will ask my employers and work place and community what are they doing to make a change because there is only one race and it's the human race!!


I will not stop until there is justice, equality and peace.


We can all love again


RB

WHITE SILENCE. BROKEN

Tue, 2 Jun 2020 13:31

I HAVE SUFFERED RACISIM MY WHOLE LIFE

"I’m white im of Turkish Cypriot descent I have been affected by racism my whole life and continue to be a victim I feel the pain of any ethnic minorities you only know if you have suffered!"

PEMBE

SILENCE. BROKEN

Tue, 2 Jun 2020 11:09

I HOPE

I hope that our world slowly begins to wake up to what has taken place for so long.


Thank you for your work, and I am here to help, donate and support for as long as I live!!

SAF

BROKEN SILENCE.

Sun, 16 Aug 2020 13:32

I CALMLY ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO SPEAK OUT TOO

I have always been a proud equalitarian and humanitarian who is truly colour blind to the world and judges people on who they are and what they do rather than the colour of their skin or their background. I work in an all white male environment and argued down a racist who complained about the attention given to the BLM movement. His casually racist comments over the preceeding weeks had angered me and after we butted heads (verbally) I was thanked and congratulated by others who said he needed putting in his place.


I calmly encouraged them to speak out too and not leave it to others. This is how we win the war for justice and equal treatment, by speaking out in the face of bigotry even when no-one of another ethnicity is around. I have acted this way in previous years in the face of prejudice in the workplace at other companies and hope that the majority who are fair-minded take my lead and constantly speak out, no matter how awkward or inconvenient, in the hope we will one day eliminate the privilege of unchallenged existence afforded to hate.


Thank you for what you are doing.


Peace and Love to all.


ADAM

SILENCE. BROKEN

Fri, 28 Aug 2020 8:20

ASHAMED

I’m white and ashamed of my privilege, and will be until the day that we have equality throughout the world.


Another shooting Another black man executed.



Another day we all should hang our heads in shame.


SARAH

SILENCE. BROKEN

Mon, 24 Aug 2020 14:33

I WILL SPEAK OUT

Hi Folks,


I am a white Scotsman who fully supports the movement & no longer want to be complicit in racism due to silence.


I will speak out & defend my brothers & sisters, & I want to educate myself more to help racism to be wiped out.

I want to subscribe to your newsletters & information as I don't participate in social media.


Thanks for all you are doing & keep up the good work.


Peace & love


CRAIG

SILENCE. BROKEN

Tue, 6 Oct 2020 10:42

LISTEN MORE

I need to learn and listen and listen and learn from those who have put up with a lifetime of racism.  If I'm lucky, some of this will get through my layers of privilege and touch something real.


FRED

SILENCE. BROKEN

Tue, 29 Dec 2020 0:02

EDUCATING MYSELF

As a middle aged white woman, I have been educating myself, family and friends, doing deep inner work through the White Supremacy and Me book by Layla Saad and learning more about black history in the UK (thanks David Olosogu for making that easier).

I want to be a good ally and will look for ways to be one.

I will be braver in having difficult conversations and will raise awareness.


I believe we are all equal, but the current system benefits white people through systemic racism.  I have benefitted from this, but it is not fair and I will do what I can to shift this balance.

If in doubt, I will speak up, better to regret speaking than being silent.


With love and hope.


VANESSA

SILENCE. BROKEN

Tue, 5 Jan 2021 14:30

NOT JUST WISH FOR IT

Until last year I thought that not being racist was part of being a good person. I then encountered the term anti-racist. It made me realise that I have a lot of work to do moving forward. I went to my first protest last year, it was only a small event, but it was pretty powerful all the same. I'm trying to read more, and learn more about the anti-racism work that I need to do, and will do in the future. I want a better world than we have now, and I know I need to actually contribute to that, not just wish for it.


GAVIN

SILENCE. BROKEN

Tue, 2 Feb 2021 1:11

WHITE PEOPLE NEED TO DO MORE TO SUPPORT...

BLACK PEOPLE

Is there any way I can make a regular donation to BLM UK?


Thanks for all you are doing. White people like myself need to be doing so much more to support and raise up black voices.


HAYLEY

WHITE SILENCE. BROKEN

Tue, 2 Jun 2020 11:22

Thanks you

Haley you or anyone else can use botton below and decide how much or how little you would like to donate, one off or regualary!

FRIENDS OR STRANGER

I will speak up against those who are racist - friends or strangers and ask them why.  I will question my loved ones and family and keep the conversation going and current at the dinner table, in the park, in the classroom.  I promise to acknowledge my students feelings and experiences and facilitate a safe space for them to discuss race.  I will listen to them. 


I am reading and researching and watching films and documentaries, attempting to educate myself, family, friends and colleagues. I will share what I learn. 


I will question my own biases and I will keep checking in with myself and I will never be flippant about race and racism


LOUISE

BROKEN SILENCE.

Mon, 17 Aug 2020 22:15

LOVE AND SOLIDARITY

I will not again excuse away racism because someone is either ‘old’ or has not been an active part of the multi-cultural nature of this country. I will challenge directly every time.


I’m sorry that I have not done this before, despite my own views. I understand the damaging impact of white silence.


I also commit to ensuring my daughter grows up as a conscious anti-racist.


Love and solidarity.


STUART

SILENCE. BROKEN

Sat, 29 Aug 2020 9:05

I WILL EDUCATE MYSELF

My friend posted online something that I did not agree with and in the past I would have just ignored it and carried on my day, but this year ... I've spent a lot of time reading, listening and watching since George Floyd was killed.


I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't give much thought to racism . But I'm learning all the time, and today when I read the post that was offensive I publicly responded to tell her that the information was not correct.


I plan to keep learning, keep taking opportunities to stop racism as and when they arrive and stop perpetuating white patriachy.


H

SILENCE. BROKEN

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 19:26

CALL OUT RACISM

I will intervene when I see racism, I will call out any form of racism, I will educate myself continuously, I will listen to people of colour. I will combat my own white privileges.


MATTHEW

SILENCE. BROKEN

Thu, 8 Oct 2020 9:13

SUPPORTING THE MOVEMENT

Me and my wife want to help break white silence and willing to do anything to support the movement 


JAKE & WIFE

SILENCE. BROKEN

Tue, 29 Sep 2020 5:09

LISTEN MORE

I will challenge racism, micro-aggressions, white supremacy, and white privilege and I will seek out more and more ways in which I can speak out and make noise to end white silence and be a genuine ally to end racism.


GARETH

SILENCE. BROKEN

Thu, 10 Dec 2020 10:59

I SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT

I am white, I support this movement. I understand that white people need to step up and take action to end racial inequality.


Tbh, I find it difficult to understand why this is not blatantly obvious but as that is not the case, guess this is what I can do to support the BLM movement is share this view with other white people! So much information on this website which is great to see - thanks for all the work you do and good luck for 2021


ESTHER

SILENCE. BROKEN

Tue, 12 Jan 2021 19:25

PRITTI PATEL

Dear Black Lives Matter,


I  am appalled at Priti Patel’s stance re demonstrations against racism in all its forms and as and when the opportunity arises my wife and I would be heart-felt to take the knee.  We are in our seventies now and the ghastliness of racism both public and private has I think been present all our lives and I wonder sometimes if anything has actually changed.  There is of course always hope and clearly there are amazing things that people do to combat this terrible disease that I fear is in all of us.  Loving Kindness and Compassion are the only medicine that we can take and offer to others and to remain strong in facing this disease at all times.



JOHN

SILENCE. BROKEN

Fri, 12 Feb 2021 13:19

Dear Black Lives Matter,


...the following is a copy of an email that I sent today to the Home Office.


" I am appalled at Ms Priti Patels comment with regard to the above ( Black Lives Demonstration 2020) and including her displeasure at the act of taking the knee.


As a Home Office Minister she has a dreadful lack of ethical, diplomatic and compassionate behaviour.


She is not the appropriate kind of individual to hold this post and should be relieved of her duties forthwith."


I have had an auto-response, with a promise of a human response within 20 days.

JOHN

SILENCE. BROKEN

Fri, 12 Feb 2021 18:30

I WILL BREAK MY SILENCE

"I am a 41 year old white guy. I grew up in Derby and have never considered myself as racist.


However, I am ashamed to say that it was only today whilst discussing the murder of George Floyd that I realised that I had no idea what 'White Privilege' actually means.


I will break white silence by continuing to educate myself and calling out racial prejudice."


PETE

WHITE SILENCE. BROKEN

Mon, 1 Jun 2020 14:46

BLACK LIVES MATTER

Black Lives Matter. I'm white and stand up to fight against racism, oppression and injustice. Lets end this racist scourge on our society and world. We as white people must take responsibility and challenge racism and injustice in our homes, communities, workplaces and institutions that continue to marginalise our black brothers and sisters. For to long our black brothers and sisters have had to live and deal with the daily trauma of injustice. Stand up, be proud, fight for what is right, Black Lives Matter


CP

BROKEN SILENCE.

Sun, 23 Aug 2020 13:22

MY 7 YR OLD SON

After hearing about George Floyd  and the protests on the news, My 7 year old son asked me,  "But dad, why are people nasty to people who are a different colour, we are all human and they're people just like us".


I was lost for words. I just hugged him tight and said you are right son and never let anyone tell you otherwise.


ADAM

SILENCE. BROKEN

Fri, 28 Aug 2020 16:35

I WILL EDUCATE MYSELF

I will speak up when I see Racism and I will seek to educate myself to see it more clearly.


LOUISE

SILENCE. BROKEN

Sat, 29 Aug 2020 9:14

RACIAL EQUALITY

All I want is total racial equality in our world!!!


CLINT

SILENCE. BROKEN

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 10:17

STANDING IN SOLIDARITY

Hello Black Lives Matter, thank you for all you do.


I just wanted to say that as a straight, white middle class chap I realise that I have have had a lot power. Has my life been easy, well no but has it been as challenging as somebody of colour? Of course not.


Do I understand the realities faced by black people in the UK? Of course not but I can stand in solidarity and support you!


TOM

SILENCE. BROKEN

Sun, 4 Oct 2020 10:55

JOIN THE FIGHT

By inaction I have been guilty of condoning racism. I will end that part of my life and join the fight to end all prejudice now.


CRAIG

SILENCE. BROKEN

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 19:39

COMITMENT TO CALL OUT RACISM

I am white and British and ashamed of them both! I am also ashamed that I am now 55 years old and it has taken events of only the last two years to really appreciate the enormity of racism today and over hundreds of years. I would like to think that I have had a conscience and understanding of injustice but it is only since the birth of my mixed heritage grandson and the death of George Floyd that I have begun to truly understand the depth of the problem. Ignorance, fragility and silence....are unforgivable. I have always been interested in politics and always leant towards the left of the spectrum and advocated for the rights of the many and not the few, but I consider myself a moderate in terms of the actions I have and have not taken through my life. Now I feel it is time to break out from, at best, my whispers of discontent, to start shouting out about the heinous acts of the past and the subtle acts of the present that oppress black people and try to educate those, who say they are against it but do nothing to stop it.


My commitment is to call out racism when I see or hear it, no matter where or who it is against. I still do not understand enough about the depth and subtlety or extent of the racism in institutions and subconscious actioms of white people but my other commitment is to read and understand this more, so I can be clearer when I see and hear racism and can be conscious of my own inner actions too, that are borne out of living with white privilege and never having to think of so many things that can haunt and oppress black people every day of their lives. I want to stand with your movement in every way I can!


MICK

SILENCE. BROKEN

Wed, 13 Jan 2021 12:12

NOT JUST WISH FOR IT

I am a 61year old white female, I have seen prejudice from white people towards black people from when I was 18yrd old, and it broke my mixed race relationship which broke my heart.  Nothing has changed it is just well hidden.


Please read about a very brave black soldier who served in the British Army his name was WALTER TULL, he saw Britain as his home and future but I feel he was let down by only being acknowledged for being a good footballer not a brilliantly brave soldier, he was put forward for an Honour and everyone agreed he deserved the bravery medal but never received it. For a black immigrant who fought bravely for a country that showed nothing but prejudice is beyond belief, and sadly he never received his rightful recognition for being a very brave soldier who happened to be of black skin. He was killed in action and his body never found, THIS BRAVE MAN NEEDS RECOGNITION get his statue built in the centre of London for all to see. Black people need to be made aware of their heroes and heroines in history, they deserve recognition and not to be forgotten.

 

If I had a wish it would be for people like WALTER TULL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Tull

To be rightfully recognised for his bravery and have a bronze statue erected in pride of place in the centre of London where so many white statues are, we need more recognition for black people and what they have achieved. I hope you are the people to start finding out which black people in history did remarkable things, and I am certain there were many.

Please make people aware of them and that they existed not only as slaves but also the ones who achieved greatness for all they had against them at that time.  Because BLACK LIVES DO MATTER and always have and always will.


DEBBIE

SILENCE. BROKEN

Sun, 14 Feb 2021 18:01

Hi Debbie,

Thanks, please see our page where we have incuded Walter Tull 


Black Lives Matter - Historical and Contemporary Profiles

TELL US HOW YOU HAVE OR WILL BREAK

WHITE SILENCE. RACISM


Tell us how you dealt with or will deal with racist remarks, act of discrimination; be it an everyday comment or a blatant performed act of racism.


Racism is Racism.

 

What will you say or what will you do next time?

 

Be part of the NEW Revolution that finds another way, a way to break white silence and mental chains of racism, so black people no longer have to continue to fight, an unjust fight they cannot win alone without solidarity of white citizens, white allies and or without uprising that only serves to hurts us all and breaks down society.


White silence perpetuates racism. End WHITE SILENCE.

 

Black people don't want to fight to survive they want to live another way, a just and fair way.

 

BUT until then black citizens will have little choice than to create BLACK NOISE and protest when confronted with a shield of WHITE SILENCE.

 

BLACK PEOPLE will fight even though their bodies are tired and rise to fight another day for justice and equality and fight for as long as it takes...

 

If you're white and anti-racist stand with us shoulder to shoulder, and we with stand to shine with you too!


 

Send us a message on how you have or will prepare to BREAK WHITE SILENCE.


NO JUSTICE NO PEACE

BLACK LIVES MATTER