I’m not going to lie…I have been struggling!
3 months into the year, the UK went into lockdown following the Coronavirus pandemic – A pandemic which disproportionately affects people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities. A pandemic which highlighted the longstanding racism in the healthcare system and wider social inequalities which contributed to the high infection and mortality rates.
5 months into the year, the world was confronted with a video (one I still have/will not watch) of George Floyd being murdered by Minneapolis police, which sparked worldwide protests and conversations as the video reawakened what the black community already knew – to some our lives don’t matter.
Watching another video of an unarmed black person being the victim to white supremacy and systemic racism impacted a lot of people’s mental health…including mine and the emotions it conjured up, I find hard to articulate. In response, a lot of organisations have put together lists of where people can access mental health support during this time and I’ve updated my resources list to reflect that.
I called this blog BAMEinMind because I wanted to drive conversations around mental health in black and ethnic minority communities. But, in all honesty, I’m struggling with BAME as a term in general – Especially after these recent events.
BAME means everyone that is not white, which signals that White is the standard and everyone else is ‘Other’.
The current Black Lives Matter protests remind me that there is a specific racism that black people experience and anti-blackness is present in all communities, including ones that we are grouped with under the BAME umbrella and that doesn’t sit well with me right now.
I don’t have any of the answers and I don’t know even know whether I will change the name of this blog. But something has stirred within and in the sea of the unknowns, I can be just be present for the ride…
How do you feel about the BAME term?