I suspect we have all seen videos or read articles from the recent heartbreaking news of George Floyd. I am sure this all left you in shock, disgust and confusion. 

It’s 2020 and racism still exists.

We implore you to use your voice at this time. Don’t be a bystander to this. 

It’s important to understand the layers and depth of racism to identify, address and tackle it.

The Four Dimensions of Racism

Institutional Racism:

Policies and practices that reinforce racist standards within a workspace or organisation.

Structural Racism:

Multiple institutions collectively upholding racist policies and practices, ie. society.

Interpersonal Racism:

Racist acts and micro-aggressions carried out from one person to another.

Internalised Racism:

The subtle and overt messages that reinforce negative beliefs and self-hatred in individuals.

Understanding what optical allyship is;

“Allyship that only serves at the surface level to perform the ‘ally’, it makes a statement but does not go beneath the surface and is not aimed at breaking away from the systems of power that oppress.” – Latham Thomas

Ravens Ait have created a list in which you can exercise your voice and knowledge on the matter;  

Re-educate yourself; through TV, Film, News, Podcasts, Activist videos, etc. Here is a few suggestions;

  • Film- The Hate U Give, 2018
  • Book- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  • Podcast- About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Documentary Film- 13TH, 2016
  • Book- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Book- **NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER** How To Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Podcast- Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist


Sign Petitions;

There are so many ways to use your voice, signing a petition or several is one of many ways you are actively involved in being an ally.



If there are areas we have missed, we welcome a response and engagement, let us know.

Use your voice and stay safe   |        Ravens Ait              | Sales team – Sasha Glasscock