The truth is, BLM has always needed allies. Black people have always needed allies. Sure, posting an empty black square on Instagram may prove that you're not racist, but does it prove that your anti-racist?
Sidenote: This article revolves around COVID-19 in the U.K. I understand the privilege that this country has by having free healthcare. In countries like America, the issue is arguably even more grave. I don't feel like I can justifiably comment on that, having never lived without free healthcare.
If you've been following the heart-wrenching news on social media, you'll see many activists stating that "not being racist isn't enough". This is proving time and time again to be true.
While I'm not alone, by "before COVID-19" story is a little bit different. Just one day before England (my home country) went into lockdown, I was in Indonesia.
A forgotten, overlooked job - even without a pandemic. Your job may not be praised as much as the other key workers, nor are you paid similarly. That doesn't make you any less valuable.
I am a working-class, northern, female, who attended an academy education.