Students talk about why Black Lives Matter
Posted: Thu, 18 Jun 2020 14:25
In a powerful online assembly last week, students and staff from St John Bosco College Battersea spoke about the injustices of racism and why we all need to come together show that black lives matter to all of us.
In his introduction, Headteacher Paul Dunne said, 'As a Christian, Catholic school, we believe, as Jesus taught us, that we are called to love our neighbours as ourselves, and that's why we need to talk about why black lives matter.'
Young people in the video point out that racism is irreconcilable with our faith and our common humanity: 'We all bleed the same colour,' one young woman says, and a young man reminds us that 'Black Lives Matter shouldn't be a thing in this day and age … because the fight for equality should have ended a long time ago.'
As recent events have shone a light on the darkness of racism and the prevalence of racist attitudes, the voices of people who are suffering must be listened to. This video inspires us to stand together. It shows those of us who have not experienced racial injustice that we are called to learn about the ways in which people of all ages are still denied equality because of the colour of their skin. It calls us to take action individually and together to make sure this changes now, and for good.