In May, following the very public death of George Floyd by the hands of a Police Officer, the world became fully engaged with Black Lives Matter.
Historically Black Americans have suffered tremendously at the hands of slavery and racism. Currently on our shores, British Blacks make up 14% of the population but occupy 25% of the UK prisons, a result of being marginalised from mainstream society.
Within the jewellery industry comes a strong female voice in the shape of Kassandra Lauren Gordon (IG handle - klgjewellery). She wrote an open letter published on popular jewellery site 'Jewellery Cut', holding a mirror up to racism within the industry. It's shocking. Please take the time to read about her experiences and should your heart want to learn more on how to get involved and tackle some of the problems, she's detailed methods to help https://jewellerycut.com/an-open-letter-to-the-jewellery-industry-re-racism/
One easy way to support BAME artists is to simply, diversify your feed.
Share, Like and Repost their work (some of my personal faves below). If the public help reflect the minority, this will amplify their voices and enrich and what we see in the mainstream x
@harwellgodfrey, @halinamutinta, @esmy.jewellery, @jasmineatullah, @nizahuangjewellery, @wiggy.wong