Black lives matter. If you think the correct response to this is ‘all lives matter’ and you’re not being wilfully unpleasant, then I really suggest you do a bit more reading. It’s not hard to find. If you still think it after about half an hour of research, get in touch and I can point you to some resources. Do I think anyone I know might have that response? Yes. I know white people who are well intentioned but not tuned in to racism. And I have seen comments on friends’ posts on Facebook where this seems to still be a matter for debate.
I am as law abiding as they come, and even I think the protests have been totally justified, even in the midst of a pandemic. And the fact they are resulting in change is one of the most heartening things I’ve experienced in my lifetime.
The parallels in the UK between racism and sexism are pretty astonishing. They both seem to edge along in the right direction, but still have a long way to go.
In other news, I went for a walk yesterday and I’m just not used to exercise out of the house anymore. Alarming!