To be silent is to be complicit and artists from across Ireland shared their feelings along with calls to action on what we can do to be actively anti-racist.
Following the murder of American citizen George Floyd on May 25 by a white police officer in Minnesota protests erupted across the United States. Thousands began marching and continue to do so in opposition to the continued execution of innocent black people and the pervasive and systemic racism that exists in America.
The mobilisation of people from all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and genders across the Atlantic has resulted in shows of solidarity in Ireland and across the rest of the world. These displays of unity have been followed with inward looks at the injustice that exists within our own countries and how we can do better. Numerous calls to action have been raised on social media with silence being equated to complicity.
Artists shared literature to educate people on racism, provided links to movements we can donate to, raised awareness and shared their sorrow at the current state of affairs.
Denise Chaila spoke candidly on the intersectionality of activism and the need to recognise that if you care about people’s emotional well-being or feminism or any other movement you must also care about challenging racism.
Caring about mental health in Ireland also means caring about racial justice.
Caring about feminism in Ireland means caring about racial justice.
Caring about any movement means you care about it ALL.
Dublin duo Mango x MathMan made a call to action to support MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland), calling for an end to direct provision.
This is not just an American issue but a worldwide issue. It is systemic, cyclical and evil. It is present here in Ireland with Direct Provision which we should all be call to be ended here. Please support @masi_asylum as well. — Mango X MathMan (@MangoXMathMan) May 29, 2020
Using your voice and privilege is more than simply posting on social media, but it’s a good place to start. Diffusion Lab’s Soulé encouraged people to do everything they can to support.
Sign Petitions, donate where you can, go to protests and don’t be afraid to shout about it on social media. As an artist this has really shook me to the core and I will continue to shout about it no matter who I piss off. — SOULÉ (@SouleOfficial) May 31, 2020
Hip hop is the most popular genre in the world and while it is open to people of all colours, ethnicities and backgrounds to contribute to the sound, there is a baseline level of respect that should be shown to the culture.
Erica Cody called on white people to use their privilege and platform for good and linked a petition calling for justice for the late George Floyd.