We need to listen, and we need to act.

Clash has always been a title that has thrived on diversity. We’re a multi-racial team from all corners of the UK, and our tastes – different, but always respectful – are brought together to create a quarterly magazine, and our ongoing digital platforms.

Yesterday – June 2nd – we made the decision to pause for the first time ever. It wasn’t a day off, it was a different but completely necessary type of work – to recognise the grief that the Black community is going through, to listen to their experiences, and to act on it.

We know we’ve got a lot to do. #TheShowMustBePaused provided an invaluable space for voices to be heard, whether that’s our team mates or the artists we adore, but it would be an immense waste to simply open our laptops and begin once again, as though nothing had ever happened.

Music doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Clash is based in East London – we know that we must do more to reach out to the community that surrounds us, the one that propelled everything from jungle to grime and beyond. We can use our platform to create opportunities for those who might otherwise swerve the creative industries. We know that we must seek to further diversify our pool of writers, photographers, and stylists, providing challenging analysis of culture as it comes into bloom. One that creates space for different and distinct voices.

But we’ve also got to look beyond this. We need to look to the challenges that impact on Black British people – and people of colour generally in this country – every single day. We need to be better allies. We need to listen, and we need to act.

As the widely shared Angela Davis quote puts it: “It’s not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist”.

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The Clash team have been donating individually to the following UK charities:

Black Cultural Archives // https://blackculturalarchives.org/

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust // https://www.stephenlawrence.org.uk/

Black Lives Matter UK // https://www.facebook.com/BLMUK/

Runnymede // https://www.runnymedetrust.org/

Southall Black Sisters // https://southallblacksisters.org.uk/

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