Facing up to our past #BlackLivesMatter

As a white British person, it is impossible for me to fully understand the struggle that black Americans have faced through the centuries. It is impossible for me to begin to feel the weight of oppression, injustice, and prejudice that black Americans have endured down the generations. It is impossible for me to truly feel the pain and suffering of those whose daily existence is a struggle against white privilege. It is why I have hesitated writing anything publicly until now. Yet saying nothing is, in some way, to collude with the very forces that black Americans are fighting. Those of us who are white and British can be allies to the BAME community, in the US, UK and around the globe but we can only do so by listening. We must listen to the stories of black men and women; we must open our hearts to what they are saying and do what we can to amplify their voice. W