#BlackLivesMatter!

I’m a little late to this, even though I did see mentions of it crossing my Twitter timeline here and there this past week. Recently, on Britain’s Got Talent, a dance group called Diversity performed a Black Lives Matter dance and apparently that dance has received a record amount of complaints for being too political. I only just now watched that dance for the first time and it is a stunning performance.

I had a visceral reaction to this performance and I am still in tears while typing this.

Speaking of that performance, it also made me think of this performance at the BRIT awards earlier this year by a British rapper, whom I don’t know, called Dave. He too addressed Black Lives Matter in a very personal way…

I had a similar visceral reaction to that performance as well when I first saw it a few months ago and again just now as I re-watched it for this post. In fact, that performance sparked a whole discussion on the topic with my son a few months back, which was very valuable to me, and since then Black Lives Matter has come up in conversations with my kids regularly. I am so proud to hear them speak with such disgust of intolerance and how natural it is for them that black lives really do matter (and how much they hate the #alllivesmatter hashtags).

One of the things art is about is that it interprets reality to highlight an issue or feeling and make us as viewers understand and talk about it. These performances do that so achingly well. The pain of what it can feel like to be black in our society really hits home in these performances and I think everyone should just take a moment to stop and listen and then do better.

Thankfully I am just now reading that British media regulator Ofcom will not further investigate Diversity’s performance. They say: “Diversity’s performance referred to challenging and potentially controversial subjects, and in our view, its central message was a call for social cohesion and unity. Any depictions of violence by the performers were highly stylised and symbolic of recent global events, and there was no explicit reference to any particular political organisation – but rather a message that the lives of black people matter.”

Bravo to Diversity and Dave for their heartfelt and stunning performances and may it help effect change!

Water

I’ve been catching up on all sorts of blogposts that I missed while I was in Lucifer bingewatch mode and I came across Herba’s reminder for the Mach’ Was challenge. This time the theme is water.

I have very little inspiration, but there is a nice Tom Ellis getting out of a swimming pool image I came across during my current Lucifer internet surfing…

… and DB Woodside at the beach.

I’m starting to develop a real crush on him, looking at all sorts of YouTube interviews with him and last night I watched a 50 minute interview with him on #BlackLivesMatter where he openly discussed his experiences with racism. Tom Ellis, awesome man with a huge platform of 7.8 million followers, is hosting a friend of his on his Instagram to talk about #BlackLivesMatter. There’s just something about DB that is touching my soul right now.

Anyway, I’m going off topic here. Back to water. Of course, I have no real inspiration on what to do with water but on my phone I did have a clip of hail falling from the sky a week ago in our little back garden. The cups we had left outside were quickly filling with water.

Today, after watching my daughter’s soccer match, I spontaneously decided to go on a little bike ride (Mr Esther was a little tired, so I went alone). There’s lots of water near where I live and I took this picture…

I got off my bike for a bit to look at the pretty water and the pretty sky. These are very trying times so a little water as restoration for the soul is not a bad thing…

Vote him out!

I probably shouldn’t post this – this is not a political blog after all and I am not an American (nor would I ever wish to be) – but oh my goodness, I can’t keep quiet! What is happening in the US affects the world and it affects me and I just need to let it out. So, look away now if you are sick of (left wing) politics and here goes…

From my perspective the US is completely falling apart under the current ‘leadership’ and my heart breaks. It’s one drama after the other coming from the US. This past week alone it’s been voter suppression, lying speeches at the Republican National Convention (RNC) that the Trump base will just lap up as truth and now the shooting of Jacob Blake and the inadequate response to that (#BlackLivesMatter people!)… I just can’t handle it anymore.

Here at home, we already call that man in the White House a wannabe dictator and if that man isn’t checked or, best yet, thrown out (how hasn’t that happened yet?!?), he will turn into one and that will be the end of US democracy. It is so painful to watch what has become of a country that the world, and my kids, used to look up to; the admiration has gone, my kids are disillusioned and stunned at the lies and the nationalist arrogance on display. We now feel disbelief and horror when we look at the US and the way in which this president and his cronies can not show any adequate leadership and, worst of all, are unable to show human decency. Well, First Lady Melania tried in her RNC speech, but her words sounded completely hollow, knowing to what a diseased administration she belongs.

I came across this the other evening: Charlie Chaplin in 1940 from the movie The Great Dictator and his attack on Hitler and Nazism. For a while there, after the Second World War, it seemed like we as a Western society were working towards the ideals he mentioned but we seem to be sliding away again…

It’s time that man in the White House is voted out with a very clear majority in November… I fear it won’t happen (I just can’t understand that Trump still has an over 40% approval rating!) but I so very fervently hope it will. The world, and my family, will be grateful.

Whitewashed history

A little extra post before I really go offline tonight. Yesterday I watched a video by Sandi Toksvig, nowadays known from presenting the fabulous quiz show QI.

The video is called Scratching the Surface of Whitewashed History

… and is totally worth the 9 minute watch! We need to do better. #Blacklivesmatter