Yes, this is another Black Lives Matter article.
Since you’re on GamesRadar, I’m assuming you came here for the games. Maybe you’re a fan of the movie section. Either way, you were looking for an escape, and instead found the opposite.
But here’s why: On May 25, George Floyd was killed by police officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. On March 13, Breonna Taylor died after being shot eight times by police, who illegally raided the wrong house. On February 23, two white men shot Ahmaud Arbery as he was running. Despite clear video of the murder, it took him 74 days to arrest his killers.
Something has to change.
Of course, dealing with such a big problem can be overwhelming. It’s easy to assume that there isn’t much one person can do to address deep-seated systemic racism, when in fact there are a myriad of practical steps he can take, all of which make a difference. – Even reading this article. So here’s your guide to fighting racism, supporting the black community, and resisting police brutality. It’s not as much fun as Modern Warfare Season 4 or a PS5 reveal, but let’s face it, it’s a lot more important.
You may be feeling transfixed by the news lately and not sure what to do next. That’s why I’m starting with some simple ideas that anyone can incorporate into their everyday life, no excuses.
1. Social media support
A simple thing anyone can do is post support for Black Lives Matter on social media. It may not sound like much, but public support helps Black people know they’re not fighting alone, reminds racists that others stand against them, and inspires government officials to make a change. If you don’t know what to say, you can say it or share helpful resources instead – actions speak louder than words.
2. Sign petitions
Another easy way to help is to sign or start relevant petitions. It only takes a few seconds, but with enough voices, you can send a powerful statement to power. Here are some important petitions currently open:
Justice for George Floyd
George Floyd was killed by police officer Derek Chauvin, following a routine call to investigate a counterfeit bill. Legally, the police were simply required to question the bearer, to try to trace the source of the note; instead, Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes. This petition successfully prompted the filing of charges against Chauvin and now demands the same for the other three officers involved.
Justice for Breonna Taylor
On March 13, Kentucky nurse Breonna Taylor was killed by Louisville police while illegally conducting a midnight drug raid at the wrong address, despite arresting the right person earlier in the day. So far no police officers have been fired and the investigation has been slow; This petition aims to change that.
Start your own petition
In the UK you can also start your own petition to the UK government; if it reaches 10,000 signatures, the government is obliged to respond, and if it reaches 100,000 signatures, your petition will be considered for debate in Parliament.
Please note UK government inquiries
Similarly, keep an eye out for UK government inquiries, especially those labeled “Police Powers”, or related to issues affecting black people. These inquiries are the government’s way of measuring public opinion, so please take the time to submit a response.
3. Confront racism on a daily basis
If you witness racism in your daily life, speak up calmly and carefully. If it’s happening in public and you don’t feel safe to speak up, document it on your phone and, most importantly, offer to help afterward. One of the hardest things about hearing racist comments or being mistreated in public is seeing the people around you pretend you’re not. Yes, it can be awkward to confront your friends and family about racist language or views, but if you’ve ever experienced a surprise sex scene with your parents in the bedroom, you might be facing a conversation. uncomfortable. After all, if you let racist behavior go unchecked, you let it flourish.
4. Pay attention to the content
Graphic videos and photos of murdered black people are shared so frequently that many people of color are left traumatized; Psychologists have documented an increase in PTSD symptoms, including anxiety, feelings of fear, and depression. If you share explicit content, like a police shooting, be sure to post a clear warning, so people can opt out of seeing it. Similarly, be careful in the conversation: not everyone can bear to talk about police brutality, so don’t dive right into painful details. Most importantly, check in with the black people in your life. There’s a constant stream of incredibly disturbing content going on right now, so reach out and let them know you’re there if they need help.
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Where can black people find support?
It’s a particularly difficult time for Black people right now, and many people of color will be under intense stress. So whether you need help or want to be able to offer help, here’s a list of self-care resources. However, when Black Lives Matter is no longer a hot topic, remember that Black people experience this level of racism and dehumanization every day, so be sure to educate yourself.
First, if you need immediate help with suicidal thoughts, here is a list of numbers around the world that you can call for urgent help: faq.whatsapp.com/en/28030010
Next, turn off autoplay for videos on Twitter. You don’t need to be repeatedly bombarded with graphic depictions of the Black Death or police brutality, and continued exposure is linked to poor mental health: www.help.twitter.com/en/using-twitter/twitter-videos
In the UK, black people can take advantage of free therapy services, as well as a network of BAME therapists: www.baatn.org.uk/free-services/
There is also a free meditation app called Release, specially designed by and for people of color. It’s the perfect way to unwind, with guided sessions on all aspects of the black experience.
In addition, online organizations like HealHaus Y the ethel club It offers free online sessions for Black people, exploring topics such as grief, meditation, and healing.
Finally, if you want to learn more about how racial trauma can affect you physically and mentally, PBS has this deep roomand The Conversation have compiled a list of eight things you must do to stay.