By Barbara Ntumy, Deputy President of London Met UniversityStudents’ Union and NUS NEC (Black Students’ Campaign)
The recent murder of two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police officers last week has sparked another round of protests and demonstrations of how America has and continues to treat its Black citizens.
The Black Lives Matter movement started by two black women has been active for several years in response to the rising number of killings of Black people in America at the hands of the police. This part of a wider issue of where there is no justice for Black people and their families. Black victims are put on trial as suspects when they are victims like in the case of Trayvon Martin and 12 year old Tamir Rice.
Racism is a huge part of the history the United States of America and it continues to run deep in American society today. Black Lives Matter exists because when the judiciary system and police don’t operate like Black lives matter, Black people will speak truth to power and fight for their right to exist. We will organise against a racist police and judiciary system which devalues black lives and perpetuates violence against us.
Students, with the leadership of the NUS Black Students Campaign and NUS as a whole have supported and continue to support the Black Lives Matter movement – and it’s vital that we continue to do so.
Across the country, Black communities and our allies have mobilized for protests in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States of America.
We should continue protesting, doing peaceful direct action such as banner drops, die ins and other creative stunts.
What can you do now?
You can say Black Lives Matter by joining the Stand Up to Racism and People’s Assembly Against Austerity Demo on Saturday 16 July in Central London. There are many other protests in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement happening all over the country in the coming weeks which you can also attend.
In Unity and Power!