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June 05,2020

by Miista

Dear White People

Dear White People

We are currently experiencing one of the largest civil rights movements in recent times, with all 50 American States protesting, alongside 18 countries overseas joining their efforts. And while this should be celebrated, we pray that we are never in a position where civil rights are absent in the lives of any society.

Let this be a turning point. 

The needless and brutal murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many other beautiful Black lives who have suffered at the hands of the American Justice system have forced us to take a deeper look into how we can use our privilege to cause change. We can do better, and we can do so much more. And while we may never understand what life without this privilege is like, we DO stand. We stand with Black people. We stand with Black Lives Matter. We stand with our Black loved ones and colleagues, and our Black followers and fans.

 It is a privilege to learn about racism instead of experiencing it for your whole life.

How can we do more?

Educate yourself and those in your life. At this time there may be many uncomfortable conversations to be had, but they are absolutely necessary. This is a movement where everyone has a crucial role to play. Our role now is to be a student, and listen. I’m sure you have heard it by now, but the sentiment is clear- Silence is Violence. 

“OUR LIVES BEGIN TO END THE DAY WE BECOME SILENT ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER”

 - Martin Luther King Jr.

If you are protesting, here is a guide on how to do so safely:

Here is some helpful information from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Screenshot 2020-06-05 at 10.15.39

1. LOOK OUT FOR THINGS THAT DON’T SEEM RIGHT. There are increasing reports and investigations that white supremacists may be infiltrating these protests, breaking windows and destroying property. If anything seems off to you, DOCUMENT IT. Always check who is organizing.

2. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF GRASSROOTS BLACK ORGANIZERS. They have been at this a long time and are disciplined in the ropes of community organizing and demonstration. It IS a discipline. Follow trusted leaders whose goal has been the focused pursuit of justice. If they just showed up, that’s a red flag.

3. HAVE A BUDDY. Make sure someone is keeping an eye on you and check in on them.

4. STAY SAFE and take care of each other. 

For White people, here is a useful guide on protest etiquette

For those reading this that are based in areas far away from protest locations, here are useful links and ways of educating yourself on what you can do to help:

SIGN THE PETITION: #DefundThePolice 

DONATE: With so many incredible organisations seeking funding to further the fight on racism, it can be tricky to know where your money is best spent. ActBlue is an organisation that evenly splits your donation between 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organisers. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019

If you want to donate, but do not have the funds to do so, watch this. This video project was created to offer people a way to donate and financially contribute to #blacklivesmatter without having any actual money or going out to protest themselves. Investing in our future can be difficult for young people, so 100% of the advertisement revenue this video makes through AdSense will be donated to the associations that offer protester bail funds, help pay for family funerals, and advocacy listed in the beginning of the video.

FOLLOW:

@blklivesmatter
@colorofchange
@naacp
@showingupforracialjustice
@civilrightsorg
@reclaimtheblock
@ethelsclub
@unitedwedream

WATCH NETFLIX:
-When They See Us
-What Happened, Miss Simone?
-13th
-Who Killed Malcom X
-Self Made
-Becoming
-Dear White People
-The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

BOOKS TO READ:
-“How To Be An Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
-“Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge
-“So You Want To Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo
-“They Can’t Kill Us All: The Story Of Black Lives Matter” by Wesley Lowery
-“Me and White Supremacy” by Laayla F. Saad
-“White Fragility” by Robin Diangelo
-“Good Immigrant” by Nikesh Shukla

For our fellow Londoners and followers based in the UK, we are not innocent.

-Here are UK-Centric resources for standing with Black lives. https://standwithblacklives.wixsite.com/website

-Diversify the UK GCSE Curriculum, protect our future generations from racial ignorance. SIGN THE PETITION and once you’ve done that SIGN THIS PETITION.

-HOLD YOUR MP ACCOUNTABLE. Stop the sale of tear gas and rubber bullets to the US, publicly condemn Trump's use of force against his own citizens, and put pressure on your MP to release a report on BAME Covid-19 deaths. Use the following link to source and directly contact your local MP: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/ 

We are a human race, and no race should have greater or lesser value than any other race. We are our strongest when we align ourselves and bring together our gifts, our art, our wealth, our medicine and our platform.

We want to put our platform to good use, if you have videos or photos that you think should be shared with a wider audience, then please share them with our Instagram @miista.

This is not an overnight fix, we need to do better. At Miista, we want to further this education and keep the conversation open. Stay tuned for further details of ways to get involved with upcoming panel talks and features.

“We are only as blind as we want to be” - Maya Angelou

June 05,2020

by Miista

Dear White People

Dear White People

We are currently experiencing one of the largest civil rights movements in recent times, with all 50 American States protesting, alongside 18 countries overseas joining their efforts. And while this should be celebrated, we pray that we are never in a position where civil rights are absent in the lives of any society.

Let this be a turning point. 

The needless and brutal murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many other beautiful Black lives who have suffered at the hands of the American Justice system have forced us to take a deeper look into how we can use our privilege to cause change. We can do better, and we can do so much more. And while we may never understand what life without this privilege is like, we DO stand. We stand with Black people. We stand with Black Lives Matter. We stand with our Black loved ones and colleagues, and our Black followers and fans.

 It is a privilege to learn about racism instead of experiencing it for your whole life.

How can we do more?

Educate yourself and those in your life. At this time there may be many uncomfortable conversations to be had, but they are absolutely necessary. This is a movement where everyone has a crucial role to play. Our role now is to be a student, and listen. I’m sure you have heard it by now, but the sentiment is clear- Silence is Violence. 

“OUR LIVES BEGIN TO END THE DAY WE BECOME SILENT ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER”

 - Martin Luther King Jr.

If you are protesting, here is a guide on how to do so safely:

Here is some helpful information from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Screenshot 2020-06-05 at 10.15.39

1. LOOK OUT FOR THINGS THAT DON’T SEEM RIGHT. There are increasing reports and investigations that white supremacists may be infiltrating these protests, breaking windows and destroying property. If anything seems off to you, DOCUMENT IT. Always check who is organizing.

2. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF GRASSROOTS BLACK ORGANIZERS. They have been at this a long time and are disciplined in the ropes of community organizing and demonstration. It IS a discipline. Follow trusted leaders whose goal has been the focused pursuit of justice. If they just showed up, that’s a red flag.

3. HAVE A BUDDY. Make sure someone is keeping an eye on you and check in on them.

4. STAY SAFE and take care of each other. 

For White people, here is a useful guide on protest etiquette

For those reading this that are based in areas far away from protest locations, here are useful links and ways of educating yourself on what you can do to help:

SIGN THE PETITION: #DefundThePolice 

DONATE: With so many incredible organisations seeking funding to further the fight on racism, it can be tricky to know where your money is best spent. ActBlue is an organisation that evenly splits your donation between 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organisers. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019

If you want to donate, but do not have the funds to do so, watch this. This video project was created to offer people a way to donate and financially contribute to #blacklivesmatter without having any actual money or going out to protest themselves. Investing in our future can be difficult for young people, so 100% of the advertisement revenue this video makes through AdSense will be donated to the associations that offer protester bail funds, help pay for family funerals, and advocacy listed in the beginning of the video.

FOLLOW:

@blklivesmatter
@colorofchange
@naacp
@showingupforracialjustice
@civilrightsorg
@reclaimtheblock
@ethelsclub
@unitedwedream

WATCH NETFLIX:
-When They See Us
-What Happened, Miss Simone?
-13th
-Who Killed Malcom X
-Self Made
-Becoming
-Dear White People
-The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

BOOKS TO READ:
-“How To Be An Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
-“Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge
-“So You Want To Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo
-“They Can’t Kill Us All: The Story Of Black Lives Matter” by Wesley Lowery
-“Me and White Supremacy” by Laayla F. Saad
-“White Fragility” by Robin Diangelo
-“Good Immigrant” by Nikesh Shukla

For our fellow Londoners and followers based in the UK, we are not innocent.

-Here are UK-Centric resources for standing with Black lives. https://standwithblacklives.wixsite.com/website

-Diversify the UK GCSE Curriculum, protect our future generations from racial ignorance. SIGN THE PETITION and once you’ve done that SIGN THIS PETITION.

-HOLD YOUR MP ACCOUNTABLE. Stop the sale of tear gas and rubber bullets to the US, publicly condemn Trump's use of force against his own citizens, and put pressure on your MP to release a report on BAME Covid-19 deaths. Use the following link to source and directly contact your local MP: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/ 

We are a human race, and no race should have greater or lesser value than any other race. We are our strongest when we align ourselves and bring together our gifts, our art, our wealth, our medicine and our platform.

We want to put our platform to good use, if you have videos or photos that you think should be shared with a wider audience, then please share them with our Instagram @miista.

This is not an overnight fix, we need to do better. At Miista, we want to further this education and keep the conversation open. Stay tuned for further details of ways to get involved with upcoming panel talks and features.

“We are only as blind as we want to be” - Maya Angelou