From today the Civic Centre in Newcastle will be lit up purple in order to show solidarity and support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Nick Forbes, the Newcastle City Council Leader, asked for the Civic Centre to be lit in purple to show the city’s support for the movement.
Nick said: “It is important that everyone takes times to pause and reflect on the horrific death of George Floyd and this ongoing global situation; on behalf of the city of Newcastle I would like to offer our thoughts to everyone affected by these awful events.
“Newcastle is proud to be a safe, welcoming city with many vibrant and diverse communities. We do not welcome any form of discrimination, hate speech, or racially motivated activities and that is why we stand united with the Black Lives Matter movement.
“The scenes of violent protests in America are shocking and I know many of our communities will be feeling pain, anger and sadness at the chaos that is tearing communities apart.
“At a time when the world should be coming together to overcome a shared enemy, the issue of institutionalised racism has reared its ugly head once again and split our global family.
“I would encourage anyone, regardless of their race, who feels upset by what they have seen, to make their voices heard in a constructive, peaceful way. There are petitions that can be signed, charities to support and communities to embrace.
“Silence is compliance and we must all stand together to be part of the solution and ensure justice for all.”
Black Lives Matter is an international human rights campaign standing against systematic racism and violence towards black and ethnic minority people. The #blacklivesmatter movement has been the driving force behind protests happening all over the globe, following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer on May 25.
After a video that emerged on social media showing the police officer kneeling on Mr. Floyd’s neck went viral, there was worldwide outrage. For the last six day’s both peaceful and violent protests have taken place, being held in several US cities. While over the weekend further peaceful protests have been held in London, Manchester, Cardiff, with more due to be held in other cities.
Other than protests, social media users have also been using their platforms to share information and resources with their followers using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter in order to help educate people on systematic racism, white privilege, and sharing ways they can to help the movement.
More information on the movement can be found here.
Last modified: 3rd June 2020