10 Things That Have Happened Since BLM Protests Started

Proof that activism brings about change — fast

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Protestors from all over the world have been taking to the streets in the wake of George Floyd’s murder for the last three weeks. Since May 25, demonstrations have taken place in all 50 American states as well as 13 different countries – including Palestine and Syria

Despite a few violent turns and several people questioning the very purpose of the protests, they’re now three weeks in and still going strong. Yesterday a crowd of 15,000 people gathered in Brooklyn for Black trans lives. 

Berlin drew a 20,000-strong crowd and thousands flocked to Parisian streets this past weekend to march in memory of Adama Traoré, a young black French man who was killed whilst in police custody in 2016. In London, anti-racist BLM protestors peacefully took to the streets as well. 

Although the protests may have led to the arrests of all four policemen who murdered George Floyd, activists are still fighting for the arrests of the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor and demanding the defunding of police forces. 

To see some of the results of three weeks of protesting, look no further. 

The Grammys finally dropped its ‘urban’ category

The Oscars have committed to a new list of diversity measures

Statues of colonisers and slave owners are being removed all over the world

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⚠️ Trigger Warning⚠️ The violent, public death of George Floyd has forced a confrontation of the violent colonial histories of nations around the globe. Statues and monuments of former leaders that upheld racist ideals or carried out atrocities are being re-evaluated. In the American South, tributes to Confederate leaders from the Civil War are being removed. In the UK, a bronze of a 17th century slave trader was ceremoniously relocated from a public square to the bottom of a river. In Belgium, a tribute to a King with an extremely bloody past has been defaced, and removed from public display. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ King Leopold II of Belgium held the Congo Free State (today the Democratic Republic of the Congo) under personal rule from 1885 to 1908. The colonial nations of Europe allowed his claim to the country by his promise to improve the lives of the native inhabitants. He did not make good on this promise. An estimated 10 million Congolese are believed to have perished during his terroristic rule—a huge decline in the population. Many deaths were carried out in the name of labor laws over natural rubber, a main export. Failing to meet quotas could be punished by mutilation (severed hands were all too common) or even death. Disease and famine claimed the lives of many more, and the birth rate suffered immensely. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Leopold was Belgian’s longest serving ruler and as a result, there are still of statuary tributes to him throughout the country. Many have already been defaced. When will the rest be removed? • #blm #blacklivesmatter #history #colonization #colonizer #congo #democraticrepublicofcongo #belgium #belgian #antwerp

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V Magazine staff call out racism and homophobia of editor-in-chief Stephen Gan

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**Swipe above to read** One of the most influential figures in fashion media, #StephenGan is the founder and editor-in-chief of @VMagazine and @VMAN, as well as the creative director of @ElleUSA . We spoke to several former employees of V, all of whose names have been changed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When asked for comment on the allegations, Stephen Gan sent the following statement: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "I have never once requested for a talent or model's nostrils to be photoshopped to appear smaller and even the notion is absurd. In regards to the Alek Wek allegations, we love and have always supported Alek from the beginning of her career and the only reason I would have asked for her to be shot in Off-White or Yeezy, is because we at V are huge fans of Virgil and Kanye's work. Lastly as a gay man from a minority race,  I would never criticise a shoot for being 'too gay'. It is absolutely ludicrous and if you look at the ground-breaking shoots we have prided ourselves on within V Man and V over the years, the very idea is almost comical." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ V cover photo credit: Inez & Vinoodh • #vman #vmagazine #fashionmagazine #magazine #print #fashion #racism #misogyny #homophobia #cultural appropriation #dietprada

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Sephora signed a 15 per cent pledge to carry black-owned brands

Bon Appétit’s editor-in-chief resigned

Glossier commited 1 million USD to battling racism 

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L’Oreal and Starbucks become the poster brands of performative activism 

Vogue US was called out for racism by former employees

Black and non-black Arab activists opened conversations about racism in the Middle East and North Africa

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⁣Just a few things some Black Muslims are tired of hearing. Earlier this year, I released the first few episodes of a video series called #myblackmuslimexperience (I have some more videos coming next week inshaAllah). It is all about Black Muslims sharing their experiences unapologetically. They shared the good, bad and ugly. It was met with some backlash, many brothers and sisters sent me messages saying "that was probably a misunderstanding" or "racism doesn't exist in islam" etc. basically trying to gaslight their stories. I was appalled but not really surprised as I've always seen this type of resistance whenever I would tell my own story. I'm happy to see more people open to listening but I do pray that it isn't because of the trendy appeal of blm? Black Lives Matter is NOT a moment. It's a movement. It's not something that just appeared out of thin air 2/3 weeks ago, it has been ongoing.. Allahu A'lam what the shift was but I really pray that it does not die down as it is not something that will go away until we make REAL systemic change. ⠀ ⠀ I think it's also important for people to have these conversations with themselves and their communities. White supremacy transcended borders and has affected the way we see ourselves and each other. The notion of internalization is a real thing. We need to check our own biases and evaluate our own faults. These are just a few things that some Black Muslims are tired of hearing, share in the comments any that I missed! If you ever have questions or want to chat about anything, my messages are open :)⠀ ⠀ Slides + words by me 🙂 @habasooda⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Follow @habasooda for more content like this.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ First photo by @yayacards ⠀ #blackmuslims #antiblackracisminthemuslimcommunity #racisminislam #abeed #blackmuslim #blackmuslimseries #myblackmuslimexperience #solidarity #blm #muslimsforblacklivesmatter #blackandmuslim #muslimandblack #identity #thingsblackmuslimsaretiredofhearing #acab #1312

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