After writing about the devastating damage that rubber bullets and police brutality is having on not just the black community but anyone who is willing to stand up for black people or report on the stories of black people, I thought I would write about my experience on how something as simple as a #football match can explain the differences between the way the police handle a predominantly white crowd to a predominantly black crowd.
I have worked at one of the three professional football clubs in the Liverpool City Region, Tranmere Rovers FC, and when working on match days/ nights, a number of visiting fans have been more aggressive than #BlackLivesMatter protesters. Physical and verbal abuse has been hurled at other fans and even towards police officers because the game simply did not go in the visitors' favour, or just because they hate #Scousers.
I have been present when 'F*ck you Scousers' has been chanted in the away end and it was horrible, especially as a Scouser myself. I can't even begin to imagine how difficult it must be to be black and to literally be protesting and rallying for your life, your future and for the lives of your family and children.
These Black Lives Matter protests are often being referred to as 'Riots' because they are disrupting the norm. However 'riots' are okay when predominantly white people are unhappy at the result of a #football match, and almost nothing is done about it, it is barely reported on when things kick off during or after a football match - it is seen as normal; it's to be expected. However, when black people protest against police brutality and a systematically racist system that dates back generations, they are a problem.
The behaviour at football matches has even been given the nickname 'hooliganism' in which basically youngsters are up to no good, almost making their violent, abusive behaviour sound harmless.
There are no #RubberBullets at these football matches to keep people in their place. Albeit, I'm in Liverpool, UK, and not the US, however there is still strong force being used in the likes of London, UK. For black lives to actually matter, police brutality needs to be acknowledged and stopped because the UK is not innocent.
The racism that has spread across the globe originated in England and was spread through the reign of terror that was British #colonialism.