Our members are saddened and angered at the death of George Floyd.
We want to communicate our unequivocal belief that Black Lives Matter, and our commitment to working for equality under the law, within our society and within our communities for black people.
The events of the last few weeks have shown that this critical issue has slipped too far from the agenda. It should not have taken another injustice and another death to bring the fight against racism back to the forefront of public consciousness.
The past cannot be changed, but the future is yet to be written. We must all play our part as individuals, as organisations, as communities and as humanity to do everything possible to create that better, fairer future.
Immediately, this means that we start tackling prejudices and systematic racism. It means listening to and learning from the lived experiences of black people and other people of colour, and the injustices they have to endure on a daily basis.
It also means ensuring relevant education is put onto curriculums within schools and ensuring that those of us no longer of school age educate ourselves and each other.It means standing with black people against racism that exists, and speaking out in support when we see it occur.
In the words of Michelle Obama, “It’s up to all of us – Black, white, everyone – no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out. It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets”.
As members of Kettering Labour, we stand ready to rise to this challenge.