By Henry Mubiru
The 25th May marked one year since George Floyd, an African American man, was tragically murdered by police. His death reverberated far beyond Minneapolis. From police reform to decolonising U.S. history, last year’s racial reckoning sparked transformative conversations. It prompted many people to think about the racism they face in their own lives and saw protests in many different countries. Yet a year after the Floyd’s murder, the killings have not stopped. From Detroit, Michigan, to Laredo, Texas, they have continued to happen. There have been such deaths in 45 of the nation’s 50 states. In each of the cases, there is a constant: families, community members, and lawyers say there was no need for the officers to have used lethal force. Statistics have also shown a disproportionate number of those killed by police are young men of colour. In the year since George Floyd lost his life, there have been widespread calls for reform and more accountability, from defunding police forces and creating community protection groups, to dismantling the powerful police unions, who have long been blamed for protecting “bad apple” officers. Channel 4 spoke with some Black people in the UK about why George Floyd’s death meant so much to them and what they hope will change in this country – you can watch it here.
Also on 25th May, Africans around the globe celebrated Africa Day. The day commemorates the founding of the first union of African countries in 1963. On this day in 1963, African countries signed the Charter of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), which later evolved into the African Union (AU). Only 30 of them were independent from colonial rule at the time. The charter called for greater unity among African countries. It supported the independence of African countries from colonialism and apartheid and promoted economic and political cooperation with a vision that all people on the continent would live freely and in prosperity. Africa Day is also an opportunity to reflect on the progress made by the African Union in achieving its goals, especially regarding protecting the human rights and freedoms of Africans. In an interview with Variety, Luther star Idris Elba spoke about hosting a virtual concert for Africa Day and the great importance of the day – have a read of the interview here.
Please see below for some of the DE&I content that we read and discussed in May.
BBC: George Floyd death: How do I talk to my son about race?
A year on from the death of George Floyd, BBC presenter Eddie Nestor examines his role as a father and how he should approach conversations with his own children about racism. Together with a group of fathers, his wife Lisa and the UK’s largest anti-racism charity, Show Racism the Red Card, Nestor takes a deep look into how both children and parents can be better equipped in these discussions.
The Guardian: Everyone Is Awesome: Lego to launch first LGBTQ+ set
The toy company, Lego, are set to launch their first LGBTQ+ set. The toy company’s designer says he was inspired to support the community with rainbow-themed creation. The colours of the stripes were chosen to reflect the original rainbow flag, along with pale blue, white and pink representing the trans community, and black and brown to acknowledge the diversity of skin tones and backgrounds within the LGBTQIA+ community.
BBC: The disabled doctors not believed by their colleagues
People often feel nervous when they visit a doctor with some fearing their symptoms may not be believed. But what if you are the doctor, and your colleagues dismiss your disabilities and mental health difficulties? In this article, Miranda Schreiber explores this challenging relationship.
iNews: Naomi Campbell’s motherhood at 50 has caused a stir, but older dads do not get this reaction
When Naomi Campbell announced the birth of her child, social media feeds exploded with discussions about how privileged she is that she could have a child on her own at the age of 50. There is already a stigma associated with age, with women facing more ageism than men, and the label of “geriatric mother” associated with women over the age of 35 years old. In this article, Dr Pragya Agarwal examines why women’s choices around their fertility and reproduction are still open to debate and examination.
To learn more about Allison+Partners DE&I work in the company, please check out this blog post, “Bringing Diversity and Inclusion Into Your Brainstorms”, by Andrew Rogers and Adina James!