#solidaritea as Yorkshire Tea and PG Tips take a stand in the BLM movement
In yet another Twitter thread, Yorkshire Tea – this time backed by PG Tips – takes a stand against racism
Politically and socially these are interesting times. The Black Lives Matter movement has seen a massive upsurge, with protests across the globe showing support for those who have suffered prejudice, most recently sparked by the murder of unarmed black man George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, USA.
People are joining together to help get the voices of the oppressed, mistreated and forgotten heard. It is incredibly empowering and has no doubt led to countless discussions and moments of education for thousands here in the UK, the US, as well as further afield.
People now are talking about racism more than ever. And that is a good thing. By opening up the discussion it is offering people a chance to learn, to see another side of the argument and to sympathise.
Celebrities, leaders and companies have come together issuing statements standing with the black colleagues, co-workers, employees and so on. However, sadly not everyone sees this way.
So what's the tea?
In its latest post on Twitter, Yorkshire Tea has hit back against a Twitter user and made its stance clear on the matter. Read it for yourself:
Stating it was taking time to educate and properly plan future steps, Yorkshire Tea used its social media platform to make it clear it stands against racism. However this stance wasn't appreciated by all. In a tweet that was later deleted, one user stated:
"So now I've got to buy PG Tips??
Well f me. This sucks. And Yorkshire Tea is done. Good luck with the bs stance."
And here is where PG Tips steps in with a reply.
Yes PG Tips!
However while we are on the matter of food and drink companies and their statements supporting BLM, we can't forget Ben and Jerry's, which released a bold and amazing statement offering support as well as four clear calls to aide the drive for social justice. I shan't try and paraphrase it as frankly I don't think I could do it justice, so here's the link to it.
This is just the title card from the Ben and Jerry press-release. I implore you to read their full statement.
This isn't the first time the ice cream company has spoken about about social injustice, offered its support to positive movements and celebrated victories of humanity and kindness. And let's hope that it could be the last time they have to speak out. For more details, and how other companies are supporting BLM, check out this article:
Some are making donations or starting conversations within their organisations
Believe it or not this isn't the first time I've written about people shouting at tea on Twitter either. Feel free to check out this doozy of an article, also starring Yorkshire Tea.
Note: If you have any issues with how I've written this piece, or the phrasing I've used, please drop me a line in the comments. I'm more than happy to learn from my mistakes and correct them.