Black lives matter

July 2020

Black lives matter

A statement from BSHAA Council

Over the last few weeks, the world has shone a spotlight on the issues around police brutality and racism which was sparked by the murder of George Floyd.

BSHAA has taken a step back to think about our culture and how we may contribute to the systemic racism embedded in our wider society. In order to influence a change that will dismantle the effects of systemic racism and both the historic and current oppression of the black community here in the UK, we have made the decision to implement the following:

  • We will create a new BSHAA Equalities Committee
    Here, people in minority groups will be free to have open discussions. We will start with creating a black members forum where discussions about the experiences of racial inequality within the black community can occur in a safe space. This forum will enable BSHAA to assess how we can tackle any deep-rooted issues of unconscious bias, white privilege, microaggressions or hostility that may be experienced by the black members in our industry.
    It is important to note that this group will be open to all those who want to engage in thought-provoking, intentional conversation without risk of judgement and is not closed to black members only as we believe the real progress begins when we come together
  • Diversity and Inclusion Education Training will be embedded into our wider educational events
  • We will have a strict no tolerance to racial discrimination to members or patients. Any reports of this will be treated with the highest level of disciplinary action
  • We will educate ourselves to understand the full extent of racism and acknowledge both the overt and covert forms of racism. Racial profiling and stereotyping contribute to the racism we see in our environment today, we recognise we have a lot of collective learning and un-learning to do
Our next step involves creating an official diversity and inclusivity policy. We want to amplify the voices of all minority groups and we want our members to be fully involved with the process.
BSHAA is dedicated to supporting the black community and the Black Lives Matter movement. The fight for human rights is not solely the responsibility of one community but a fight for each and every one of us. We unfortunately live in a society where we see more outcry from calling out racism than the act itself.
We understand that work needs to be done and uncomfortable conversations may arise but we are committed to holding ourselves and others accountable.
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor” – Desmond Tutu