Quick reminder that if you have time to like an Instagram post, you have time to sign a petition. Here are six petitions you should sign, if you haven’t already. Links in stories 🌞
I counted five ‘you know’s in this short clip, but fear not, there are many, many more in the full interview which you can watch at Curve online or on YouTube (link in story & bio). If you enjoy this video please consider making a donation to Curve. I know you’re being asked to donate to a plethora of different causes right now, but if you can spare a little more to support the arts during this difficult time, I know it would be greatly appreciated by the wonderful Curve family. The creative team are at Curve are committed to diverse storytelling, which couldn’t be more important right now, but Curve is so much more than a theatre, the building itself provides a safe creative space for the local community which is really precious. Link in stories if you want to donate.
CURVE IN CONVERSATION... DAKOTA BLUE RICHARDS
Here’s a short clip from the conversation I had at the beginning of the lockdown with @nikolaifostertheatre for @curve_leicester in which he is incredibly eloquent and far too kind and I achieve the world record for how many times one can say the words ‘you know?’ in a single interview.
You can watch the full video at Curve online or on YouTube (link in bio/story). If you enjoy it, please consider donating to Curve to support this beautiful, inclusive and welcoming theatre during this difficult time (link in story).
I hope it goes without saying that I am horrified and appalled by the murder of George Floyd and the countless other people that have been unfairly victimised by the racist system. We all ought to be. But I would be lying if I said I was shocked. This situation has been going on so long without a significant change made to the system that we as a society have become accustomed to seeing black civilians carelessly murdered by police. How many innocent people have to die for us to say ‘That’s enough. No more.’? BLACK LIVES MATTER. Black people have the right to live and to live without fear of persecution or victimisation and the right to protest injustice. To deny the black community the right to be outraged by the crimes that have been committed against them is just another form of oppression. And anybody that feels like responding with ‘But all lives matter.’ Shut up. Seriously. It’s ignorant and embarrassing. Your life has never been put at risk or your value questioned simply because of the colour of your skin. Why don’t you try listening instead of talking for once.
I appreciate that in times like these, especially if you’re not in the US, it can be hard to know how to support people on the front lines. It’s very easy to feel like you don’t have the power to make a significant change but you are never powerless. Don’t make excuses to sit by and be idle. Above are just a few examples of places you can go to donate but there are many more ways you can help. Sign the petition. And, especially if you are a US citizen, please register to vote and VOTE. Your vote matters. Your voice matters. To quote Margaret Mead ‘Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.’ #justiceforgeorge #blacklivesmatter