Sasha Johnson Shooting: Was Black Lives Matter UK Just A Fad?

Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson, is currently being treated in hospital after being shot in the head in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The shooting allegedly took place near a house party in Peckham, shortly before 3am.

Police said there was currently no evidence to suggest it was a targeted shooting or that she had received any credible threats against her prior to the incident. In a statement on Instagram, Johnson’s political party Taking The Initiative said, “The attack happened in the early hours of this morning, following numerous death threats as a result of her activism.”

Sasha has always been actively fighting for black people and the injustices that surround the black community, as well as being both a member of BLM and a member of Taking the Initiative Party’s Executive Leadership Committee.”

Many individuals have expressed their shock and sadness on twitter, while others have unsurprisingly taken a slightly different approach. One twitter user wrote, “Jelly and ice cream when Sasha Johnson gets announced dead”. As always, there will always be that one person who feeds off negativity.

Violence in London is nothing new. Both gun and knife crime are claiming the lives of hundreds of young black individuals every year, and the sad thing is that in some cases, it’s young blacks killing other young blacks. In the mid 2000s it was due to postcode wars, today it could be because a rapper disparaged his rival in a drill music video. Times have changed but violence remains the same.

It’s a peculiar thing. In June 2020, I was there in Parliament Square, alongside thousands of individuals from different backgrounds. We all shared a common goal. A goal of peace and unity. Yet, here we are today, bodies are still piling up and we’re still facing the same problems we faced 20 years ago. If black lives really matter then we need to truly believe it. We need to practice it in our own neighbourhoods. Practice it amongst friends, colleagues and even associates. If we see our friend or brother doing something wrong, we need to call him or her out on it. If we can’t solve our own internal problems, we will never be able to solve the problems forced upon us.

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