Dispatch from the Road

Black Lives Matter Is a Global Movement

by Team Fathom
Photo by Joshua Koblin / Unsplash.

Fathom is based in New York City. In the past few weeks, we've marched, protested, listened, read, and realized that we need to do so much more. We need to broaden our editorial coverage to ensure it is more balanced for all voices. And we need to use our voices to advocate within the travel industry when we see lapses in inclusivity, when we see limits in hospitality.

And we have also been learning. That the black-white economic divide is as wide as it was in 1968

That there were only 27 days in 2019 when police did not kill someone and Black people were 24% of those killed, despite being only 13% of the population.

That in the United States, black soldiers were denied the same benefits as white soldiers after World War II.

That although the United States has a particularly awful history of racism, one inherent in the foundation of this country, Black Lives Matter is a global movement.

We are happy to share a few of the inspiring images shared on social media of what the protest look like around the world, starting at home and moving around the USA to Australia, Europe, and Africa.

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We are the most resilient people on the earth (that's a fact), and it seems that to see greatness continually arise from our communities in spite of the obstacles, barriers, traps and systematic efforts put in place to thwart us makes us public enemy number one.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ We are still dealing with devastation of Ahmaud Arbery's lynching, Breonna Taylor's killing in her own home, and now George Floyd's murder is literally the straw that broke the camel’s back. What gets me is that for every racially motivated murder that makes it to the news cycle there are countless cases that never get publicized.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ I see my brothers and sisters being beaten and killed, and I fear for the lives of my loved ones. When I'm in the States I go to great lengths to avoid encounters with the police because I know that these can become a life or death situations. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Honestly I have struggled heavily over the last week because as someone who left the US very shortly after "Get Out" was released, I carry a large amount of survivor's guilt. When I left in 2017 I thought it would be short term, but the reality is that once you've experienced a life outside of oppression you can't go back.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ I feel guilty that I'm not able to join in physical protest. I feel guilty to experience a level of freedom and safety that was implicitly promised to ALL of us, but most of us will never experience. I feel guilty for getting out. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ In the midst of my guilt I also feel called to illuminate a new path to freedom. There is a world out there where we don't have to fear for our lives, where we can achieve "the American" dream, and where we can raise our children with peace of mind. 𝐈 𝐚𝐦 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈 𝐚𝐦 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ No matter how hopeless it may feel right now remember that we are the roses that grow from concrete. We are the ones that make a way out of no way. We are strong. We are capable, and we will overcome. Always.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ [𝘕o comments.𝘛𝘰𝘰 𝘥𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘥.] ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ #georgefloyd #ahmaudarbery #breonnataylor #blacklivesmatter ⁣📸: @frizzlemadeit
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Images from Sunday protests in #Atlanta #GeorgeFloyd
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"No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger than its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise." - Marian Anderson 📸🖤 . . . #blm #blacklivesmatter #photooftheday #peacefulprotest #blackvoices #blmmovement #nojusticenopeace #saytheirnames #blackrights #blackisbeautiful #defundthepolice #blackally #blackpower #stopracism #fuckracism #photography #silenceisviolence #silenceiscompliance #photographer #riyets #istandwithyou #canonphotography #instapix #instaphoto #photographers #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforbreonnataylor #icantbreathe #canonphotography #ihearyou #fightracism
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“Just because it’s not happening to you doesn’t mean it’s not happening.” • I realised whilst writing this post that the Aboriginal flag is not present in the current iOS emojis. After doing some research I found that the flag was REJECTED by Unicode to feature as an original emoji but is available via a separate app. • I also found a great google doc featuring an EXTENSIVE list of petitions to sign and places to donate; LINK IN BIO‼️ • #blm#blacklivesmatter#blmkansai#blmkansaimarch#blacklivesmatterkansai#ブラックライヴズマター#osaka#大阪#日本#solidarity#デモ#行進#aboriginallivesmatter#aboriginalaustralia#australiahasablackhistory#systemicracism#aboriginal#antiracism#白人特権#社会運動
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