To All The White Men, This Message is For You…

to all the white men

To all the white men 

This message if for you

This morning a tired boy chats to me over breakfast

He is not talking about the disappointment he feels about the game

Not directly

He talks to me of the fear he feels at the aftermath

He is scared for the Italian kids at school

(Mum I hope their parents know to keep them home)

The fear he feels for the women subjected to domestic violence

(England losing typically means 38% rise in domestic abuse)

But mostly of the racism that he has witnessed on the internet in the few hours since England lost

(“The monkey jokes are everywhere mum, its gross, there are videos of people being beaten because they are black”)

The significance of this not lost on him

A beautiful kind hearted soul

(With afro hair and black skin, paler, yet just as beautiful as his dad’s)

Football has long been associated with violence, racism and bigotry

The England team have risen up and shown compassion, strength, kindness, and humanity

Gareth Southgate has displayed such admirable qualities through this tournament. I salute him and thank him

It is time for ALL white men to stand up and be role models for our kids

Stop racism in its tracks

Call people out

Do not like or share jokes

Do not join in the banter

Be an ally

Check your bias

Do the work

Find wholesome ways to process your grief, and let your sons and the boys around you witness this

Be like Gareth

Be the best role model – the next generation need you right now

Published by Laura Hamblyn Holistic Therapist

I live in the UK, in a large town north of London, I am devoted to my spiritual path, and I’ve discovered that real joy comes from service, I am a qualified healer and therapist, meditation teacher, a vegan chef, and a solo mother to a wonderful child.

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