We’ve all been outraged by the horrifying death of George Floyd, and watched the resulting protests around the world unfold. In light of recent events, you might be wondering what you can do to help? While it was amazing to see a near total blackout on social media for a day in support of #BlackLivesMatter, when the topics of race and equality aren’t trending anymore, it’s important to remember that the issues haven’t just disappeared.
This is an opportunity to change and grow, both personally and as an industry. We are ready to listen, learn and act! Silence is not an option, so here’s how to speak out…
There’s a bunch of petitions floating around, click HERE for a list, but if you put your signature on anything, surely it’s got to be a petition to get texture diversity into our industry by including afro hair on the hairdressing NVQ qualification. Check it out HERE.
Donating to a worthy cause is another way to help. Check out this list of UK based charities…
- Black Lives Matter UK – The UK branch of Black Lives Matter, which aims to end white supremacy and calls for those who haven’t spoken out to break their silence.
- Operation Black Vote – The group works to ensure greater racial justice and equality within the UK.
- The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust – In memory of 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence, who was murdered by a group of white men in 1993, the organisation works to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and support them in their future careers.
- StopWatch – The group promotes effective, accountable and fair policing, focusing on stop and search laws which disproportionately target people of colour.
- The National Memorial Family Fund – The first permanent national resource of its kind, specifically for those that are affected by deaths in custody.
- Stand Up To Racism – An organisation highlighting the power of uniting as one in the fight against racism in all its forms.
- BTEG – The national charity aims to end racial inequality through education and employment.
If you haven’t spied it already, Harpers Bazaar has published a #BlackLivesMatter reading list, because as the glossy rightly notes, listening is as good as speaking. It’s important to know the right people to listen to, check out the guide HERE. We already have Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo sitting on the bedside table. Also, when you’re on the hunt for your next Netflix binge, take a moment to consider watching a show that addresses racial awareness. These three shows have got our vote: When They See Us; 13th; Dear White People.
There’s no shortage of black ambassadors speaking out on behalf of the hair industry. We’re following New York based editorial hairstylist and amika’s Global Artistic Director Naeemah Lafond, who has written a great guide as to how brands and decision makers can support black hairstylists.
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