Black Lives Matter UK: what does it mean to you?

Amid recent demonstrations across the UK, we want to hear from those involved in the movement about why it matters

his month there’s been a spate of protests across the UK organised by the British Black Lives Matter organisation. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

his month there’s been a spate of protests across the UK organised by the British Black Lives Matter organisation. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

In the UK earlier this month, Black Lives Matters UK held protests across Britain. Now protesters arrested during a demonstration in Nottingham have claimed that police treated them disproportionately harshly. The solicitor representing them said: “My clients feel that they have been targeted because of the colour of their skin.”

It raises questions about the treatment of black people in the UK and during recent demonstrations, the organisation campaigned on what they described as “a nationwide crisis of racism”. They cited statistics showing that black people are far more likely to die in police custody and up to 37 times more likely to be stopped and searched than white people.

We want to hear from our readers about what the Black Lives Matter movement means to you. Why is the campaign necessary in the UK? What are your experiences? Are you planning to join future demonstrations? What message do you want to get across? Share your stories and experiences with us.

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