Side Notes is a weekly round up of everything and anything that catches our short attention span over the past week, coming to you live and direct every Friday. This week, we sidestep from the usual chat and look at how the things we usually talk about have taken on the Black Lives Matter message.
Paddle Out For Unity
On Wednesday hundreds of surfers paddled out at Moonlight Beach California in a show of solidarity for Black Lives Matter, spelling out the word “Unity” with their boards on the beach before heading into the sea in an event organised by Textured Waves, Kindhumans Movements, Changing Tides Foundation and Sal Masekela.
Social Media Blackout
Musicians, media and just about anybody else took to social media for #blackouttuesday, to sit back and reflect. “The response of 'All Lives Matter' is tone deaf” – Mike Shinoda, Linkin Park.
The White House, May 31st
How can we help beyond this?
Keep it going
We can be guilty of getting worked up about issues for a short amount of time. This can’t happen here. We all need to keep banging this drum wide and loud and stop only when there are institutional changes in America and the good news stories far outweigh the bad. The first, most proactive and obvious ways are to show up at protests and sign petitions.
You can donate to a number of causes. Helping in a monetary way is probably the best way that you can help:
Educate yourself on black history and systemic racism and self-reflect. Always listen, always learn and be tolerant and remember that we’ve all been on very different paths that led to here and how we now think. The below Podcast is a good starting point for understanding why America is where it's at right now.
Black Lives Matter - The Story Of A Slogan
BBC Sounds Documentary Podcast looks into the history of the protest slogan at the forefront of this uprising. Listen here.