The senseless murder of George Floyd has led to protests and action across the world. Once more we need to be united in repeating the essential mantra Black Lives Matter.
Bido Lito! stands in solidarity with those fighting racism and injustice. Bido Lito! stands in solidarity with the global Black Lives Matter movement.
Over the past 10 years Bido Lito! has sought to broaden perspectives and reflect the diversity in Liverpool’s creative community. We have been non-racist and inclusive, but perhaps not clearly as anti-racist as we could have been. We can do a lot more. We are conscious of the privilege the magazine brings and we will take the time to properly reflect on who this privilege is working for. We will do more.
We all, as a majority white city, have in our power to educate ourselves on, understand better and oppose systemic racism at a local and global level. The privilege of this platform demands this as a minimum, and we are working on developing our plans in response to our reflections over the past week.
Here in Liverpool there are a number of groups who work hard to address inequality, educate and fight racism. Bido Lito! is an anti-racist organisation and we stand firm with the following organisations. This list is by no means exhaustive and we ask our readers to come forward with suggestions of other organisations and resources to add here. You can find our full statement on last week’s BlackOutTuesday here.
ANTHONY WALKER FOUNDATION
GO OFF SIS
LIVERPOOL 8 BLACK HISTORY RESEARCH GROUP
LIVERPOOL AND SLAVERY
L8 A BETTER PLACE
MERSEYSIDE TOGETHER AGAINST RACISM AND FASCISM
GRANBY TOXTETH DEVELOPMENT TRUST
BLACK LIVER BIRDS PODCAST
AMADUDU WOMEN’S REFUGE
LIVERPOOL QUEER COLLECTIVE
THE CREATIVE NEXUS
From the Kuumba Imani Centre featuring Michelle Charters, Joanne Anderson, Sonia Vaughan, and Jernice Easthope
DAVID OLUSOGA TALK
In this 2018 talk the British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and film-maker explores the legacies of Liverpool’s involvement in the Transatlantic slave trade. You can read Elliot Ryder’s report from the event here. The talk is introduced by the Bluecoat’s Bryan Biggs.
WHY I’M NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE
By Reni Eddo-Lodge. London: Bloomsbury.
THE END OF POLICING
free downloadable e-book by Alex Vitae. London: Verso.
BLACK AND BRITISH
By David Olusoga. New York: Panmacmillian.
BLACK HISTORY FOREVER
By Varaidzo, Bido Lito Issue 95
WE CAN’T BREATHE
By Gary Younge, New Statesman
DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR
By Emma Dabiri
SITTING IN LIMBO
Real-life BBC drama focussing on experience of The Windrush Scandal
Other useful resources and petitions:
MINNESOTA FREEDOM FUND
Donations to help expand legal support for those arrested or incarcerated protesting the murder of George Floyd.
The United Families And Friends Campaign: A coalition of those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody
Ubele Initiative: The Majonzi Covid-19 Bereavement Fund. Supporting members of the BAME community who have lost loved ones.
Supporting charities, organisations and community groups delivering activities for children and young people in Merseyside