#BlackLivesMatter (BLM) is about racial equality. It’s about asserting that black people are treated as equals.
It’s not about politics.
It’s not about black versus white.
It’s about anti-racists versus racism.
It’s about believing in a community where everyone belongs, a community built on justice and equality.
It’s about rejecting racism that stands in the way of our community.
While we hear about racial injustice as something that is often US based, we know that it's something black people in Britain have to live and fight with every single day too – including at universities and schools.
The UK has a long history of racial injustice, oppression and discrimination. We all have a duty to learn about systemic racism, to recognise the experiences of black people, and to stand up and fight against all forms of racism.
It’s critical that as individuals and as a collective we recognise our positions of privilege, use our platform to break down barriers, and normalise important conversations about race.
We see this work as an integral part of who we are at Middlesex. We are already doing a lot. We need to do more. We need you to be part of this change.
If you don’t know about systemic racism, one of the most important things you can do is learn something about the situation.
Read up on why people are protesting and check out the many links being posted on social media.
We have compiled a number of different books, podcasts, videos and courses about anti-racism on UniHub.
Be open to learning.
If we make mistakes, we mustn’t be defensive nor deny them, but instead accept and learn from them.
Take an active role in celebrating black culture and success, not just during Black History Month but all year round, helping understand that black people are at the heart of British history and society.
Join one of our societies or networks.
If you witness or experience any form of racial discrimination or harassment, we encourage you to tell us so we can do something about it.