Virtual anti-racism events taking place

Virtual anti-racism events taking place

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 8:04am 7th June 2020.

People in Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale are being encouraged to take part in online anti-racism events.

  • It follows the death in the USA of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, after a police officer knelt on his neck.
  • Protests have been held across the world to combat racism in society.
  • Some in-person protests have been cancelled due to safety concerns, with people being encouraged to show support online.

People in Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale are being encouraged to show their support for the black community by taking part in online events.

Some in-person protests have been cancelled, with organisers concerned about safety in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

It follows the death of George Floyd in the USA. The 46-year-old unarmed black man died after having a police officer's knee pressed to his neck for almost nine minutes.

Since then, protests have taken place across the world in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

On Tuesday (2nd June) radio stations and the music industry joined together for #BlackoutTuesday

Marvina Newton is a co-founder at Black Lives Matter Leeds. She posted a video on Facebook explaining the #BlackLivesMatter tagline:

"If your house is burning and the fire brigade was coming to put the fire out, on YOUR house.

"Imagine someone stops the fire brigade on the street and says 'all houses matter and we want you to spray water on all houses, and don't focus on the house that is burning.'

"Then they focus on all the other houses and your house burns down. Does that make sense?

"All lives cannot matter until black lives matter."

In order to maintain people's safety during the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter Leeds are organising an online show of solidarity this weekend.

You can find more details about this on their Facebook page.

In Harrogate, people are being encouraged to show their support for the movement by displaying 'Black Lives Matter' posters in their windows.

It's after a Facebook group was set up for people in the area interested in being allies to the black community and tackling racism.

Dianna-Roxanne Kananowitz, who helped set up the group, told Stray FM why they're not promoting in-person protests at the moment:

"I think putting more people at potential risk is careless and that's where the focus would shift to and the message would be lost, diluted and be received negatively.

"when we do make a stance in public I would like to be approached by individuals, to have that discussion face to face as risk free as possible, to talk through the experiences they've had here within Harrogate.

"I feel we can't do that at the moment so we won't get a true indication of where the problems lay here and where we can aim our work."

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Posters supporting the Black Lives Matter movement have been appearing in windows across the Harrogate District

A protest planned for this weekend in Skipton was cancelled after organisers were concerned there would be too many attendees to maintain social distancing.

In Ilkley, people 'took the knee' on Wednesday evening, as part of a global show of solidarity.

Some in-person socially-distanced demonstrations in Yorkshire are still going ahead this weekend.

Attendees are being encouraged to keep a two-metre distance from each other and wear face masks.

There's also a vigil planned in Harrogate, as a way for members of the community to show solidarity.

Organisers are reiterating that social distancing protocols will be followed.