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A North Connel family has been spurred into action to set up a new website helping people to be anti-racist.
The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, killed by a police officer leaning a knee on his neck, shocked much of the world but for the family, who previously lived in Minnesota then San Francisco before moving to Argyll last year, it has prompted them to take a stand in solidarity with all those affected by racism.
This week they launched their 846solidarity.org website as a way of bringing together a host of resources to help themselves and others learn more about racism and how to halt it.
Mum Jakki Spicer, dad Andy Lambert and their 14-year-old daughter Billie hope people from Oban and beyond, also heart-broken by George Floyd’s death, will visit and share their website to find out more about the issue of racism and how it can be eradicated.
‘We’re not experts but we are responding to what we see as an injustice. We don’t have all the answers – but we know we can learn more. It’s a call for action for others to join us on this journey.
‘It’s not Oban-centric. We hope the website will draw people from all over and that it will grow from here,’ said Dr Spicer, who has a doctorate in cultural studies and comparative literature.
Mr Lambert added: ‘We would like the website to be a catalyst for people to come together. We will do what we can as a family but we hope others will join us to do what they can do too.’
The website will have details of a broad range of helpful resources including a section on anti-racism for beginners. The list will be continually curated and updated and is open for people’s suggestions.
As well as being a platform for learning, the website will also be encouraging people to turn their knowledge into action to help change the world for the better.
Writing letters to powers-that-be and policy-makers and supporting organisations working for racial equality are a good place to start, said Mr Lambert.
The family has already written to MPs, MSPs and Oban High School calling for anti-racism to be taught in classes.
Billie said: ‘It would be amazing if we could get the history of racism and the journey of black people made mandatory learning. With knowledge comes power and with power comes change.’
Anyone wanting to get involved, or has ideas to share or questions to ask, should contact 846Solidarity@gmail.com.