BAME jewellers x Amplify
Posted on August 10 2020
The death of George Floyd by the hands of a white Police Officer in plain view of the public, ignited a huge racial movement globally.
In May, under the banner and chants of Black Lives Matter, the world became fully engaged with the wave of racial reckoning that manifested in city protests worldwide.
I will never know the persecution that Black Americans have suffered, or how our British counterparts, as part of the BAME community, make up 14% of the population but occupy 25% of the UK prisons, feel disenfranchised.
But, I am female, I am mixed race and raising two mixed race sons. One son who looks more South East Asian than his blue eyed brother, and hates his life at secondary school because of the near constant casual racism he's had to endure for the last 4 years.
Through the unrest of the BLM June protests, has come 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 - is diversify your feed.
Share, Like and Repost work from BAME Artists (some of my personal faves below). If the public help reflect the minority, this will amplify their voices and enrich what we see in the mainstream. The time to mix it up and human up is now x
@harwellgodfrey, @halinamutinta, @esmy.jewellery, @jasmineatullah, @nizahuangjewellery, @wiggy.wong