Anyone with a platform to speak up right now, should be speaking up.
Regardless of what the usual content you post is, regardless of what you sell, what “aesthetic” you’re trying to maintain. Speak. This crisis demands all of our voices, not just the voices of those being socially and systematically targeted.
SeriesFuse might just be a platform that talks about TV shows, but it’s a platform. It’s not a huge one, it doesn’t reach the masses, but it’s a platform. Every day I see the amount of love and support people put into TV shows and fictional characters. I see fan bases uniting for better representation. I see endless tweets aimed at networks and producers demanding for certain storylines. I see fans paying for billboards to raise awareness. I see that togetherness and I admire what a single group of people united on one platform are able to do. Now there’s no denying that demanding for change on our screens is important. What’s more important, however, is demanding for change in real life.
We have to have this conversation. We have to resist and demand a better society than the one which has been crafted for us by those who it benefits most.
I’m white and because of that I am privileged. I cannot speak on behalf of black people, I cannot even try to comprehend how it feels to exist in a world where every day, my life is at risk. But I will use my privilege to heighten their voices. I will stand up for their right to live without fear of death. I will use my voice in the best way I can.
No matter what the colour of your skin is, I ask you to join me in doing the same.
If you can shift just some of the energy you put into supporting television shows into real people, like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland and the thousands of others who have died at the hands of the police due to the colour of their skin, you can help to ensure that more names do not continue to be added to that list.
Nearly 2 million people signed a petition for the final season of Game of Thrones to be re-done. Nearly 40k people signed a petition for Brooklyn 99 to come back. If you spoke up about these TV shows and signed their petitions, but have not signed the petition demanding justice for George Floyd, you need to re-evaluate your priorities.
I know that me writing this isn’t going to change the world. And maybe you think that signing a petition, or sharing something on your Twitter feed won’t either. But what if everyone thought like that? What if no-one spoke up because they thought their voice didn’t count? That’s what happens when people don’t go out and vote…and look how that’s turned out.
It’s how the women’s right movement begun and secured the right to vote. It’s what happened at the Stonewall Riots which resulted in better equality for the LGBT community. It’s how we will end police brutality and remove racism from every aspect of society.
If you want to be a part of the fight for freedom, here’s a list of resources to check out and share:
And many more can be found here.
Other ways to help…
Text “JUSTICE” To 668366
Text “FLOYD” To 55156
EDUCATE YOURSELF ON BLACK HISTORY AND RACISM IN YOUR COUNTRY. STAND UP AGAINST INJUSTICE, CALL OUT YOUR FRIENDS/FAMILY.