Among the awe-inspiring stories about how women and men have campaigned, never given up, fought and won against adversity to help Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) children to overcome the challenges they are faced with is incredible. The Black Lives Matter movement has highlighted this year-long need to everyone, and the recently highlighted memories and continuous battles struck me.
The problems and distress faced by many young people in BAME communities in the UK and elsewhere in the world are often harder and more difficult to overcome than those in more visible ones. This includes the security of housing, education, expectations on the part of those around them, jobs, prospects and the likelihood of being stopped in the street - even if you are professional footballer winger for the Premier League.
BLM doesn’t and never has meant other lives don’t matter. It’s essential to help those who are disadvantaged to be better supported, and I believe that this should be an individual’s insight priority in a society that well functions and claims to be virtuous. Imagine that your child, nephew, niece or friend is facing the challenges that many in the BAME community are facing when they set out with their whole lives ahead of them. A supportive environment for everyone is what we should all strive for.
Unfortunately, in the UK as in many other countries, probably in the most developed ones, is also significant that class matters greatly. Discrimination is often the result of the negative impact of class in our society as well as other demographics. And those who pay the expenses of this lack of social integration that starts firstly from the authorities is the community, like for the BAME groups.