What We Can do to Support 'Black Lives Matter’
By Mehr Sohal
George Floyd, a 46 year old black man in Minnesota, was a victim of police brutality and discrimination on the 25th of May 2020. Since then, several protests have taken place in the United States of America, and social media is blowing up with posts about this tragic act of violence against not just one man; but the entire black race. But in all honesty, posting a video of the footage or the slogan of ‘Black Lives Matter’ truly doesn’t do much to help this cause. Especially as a lot of us Indians are not really living in the USA.
As a teenager, or even an adult, there is a lot more we can do to show our support. I found a post on Instagram by a young initiative called ‘Dizzie Magazine’ extremely pertinent and important to see:
As an Indian, I urge you to also not endorse products that encourage the illusion of ‘fair skin’ and contribute to discrimination on the basis of skin color; which is no different from racism. If we are going to support the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, let’s start local by slowly eradicating the stereotypes attached with having a more brown skin than others. Something as small as refusing to put some homemade concoction on your face to lighten it would make a change!