Black Lives Matter
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was suffocated by a police officer in Minneapolis, USA, while three other officers looked on. George Floyd has joined a long list of black men, women, and children who have been killed in recent years by police officers which is part of a wider societal problem steeped in systemic racism. This is not only a reflection of the inequalities in America but across the world. Like many institutions, we are outraged and condemn racist oppression in all its forms.
Manchester Museum has enormous privilege as an institution, and we can use that to effect change in structures and systems. We are taking time to reflect on how we can move forward with care, to amplify voices around what matters. We are starting by educating ourselves, and will make our whole process of working towards change transparent. Here are some resources we have found useful around the Black Lives Matter movement and antiracism.