Black Lives Matter

5th January 2021

Take Action and follow BLM to stay informed. 

Words and Film Lauren Hextall / In-HAUS Copywriter

This magazine is a response to social responsibility. Our work comes from a consciousness of what is going on, on our earth. We address topics of paramount importance, therefore, including the Black Lives Matter movement. Racism continues to exist and have effect in our country, partly, as a result of the issue never receiving the action it needs. American politician Andrew Young, an early leader in the civil rights movement and confidant to Martin Luther King Jr, told the BBC:

“I don't know who the leaders are. In fact, I don't know that they even have any leaders. I think perhaps it's a spiritual, emotional movement created by implicit evils in our society that we have not been willing to face.”

BLM is not a new movement nor are the concerns it addresses, however the surge of attention and action that has come since its resurgence, gives us more of an opportunity than ever, to hold anti-racist work as a priority. BLM is an organisation and proclaims on their website:

#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Inc. is a global organization [sic] in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering [sic] Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.

To read and utilise all their resources visit their website Black Lives Matter.

If you are reading our magazine, not as a person of colour, and you believe you lack a place in this movement, you are wrong. It is white communities comfort in white privilege that allows racism to be perpetuated. Once you address your own racial bias and the racial bias of all those around you, education on the matter can begin and we can all be better allies to our fellow humans. This education will be best researched by visiting black spaces that have already been created for just this. A place I began was with reading Layla Saad’s Me and White Supremacy and watching Amanda Seales’ Instagram lives. Racism is a broad and evolving issue with so much that is misunderstood, so educate yourself before you talk. A full list of resources we recommend will be included at the end.

Consistency is key. The danger with social media giving platforms to movements is they can quickly being moments and trends. Performative activism will not result in real change. You must take on being anti-racist with the same life long commitment you may be taking on being sustainable. Our earth cannot succeed until we all succeed. An article written for GQ Magazine stated:

Practise what you preach.
With your votes, your time and your wallet. Vote those who support racist ideologies out of power. Donate what you can to worthy causes. Support black-owned businesses. Diversify your staff. It all adds up.

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