Shetlanders are getting the chance to take a stand against racism, while still sticking to social distancing guidelines.
Walks are being planned for this Saturday in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has gained momentum internationally since the death of George Floyd – a 46 year-old black man who died in Minneapolis after a white police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.
The local campaign Shetland Staands wi Black Lives Matter has been spearheaded by campaigner Joy Duncan, who is flying anti-racism flags outside her East Voe home.
“Since Wednesday we’ve been setting up a Shetland group to support Black Lives Matter, and we’ve now got the green light to do a walk on Saturday.
“People want to express something over George Floyd. People are upset, but we want to do it in a way that doesn’t upset lockdown regulations.”
The local group hopes to see walks taking place “in every community in Shetland” from 2pm.
She said posters displaying information would be available for people on their daily walks, which they could display in their home or car window.
Online arrangements will be made for those who wish to take part but are unable to do so.
“You take your daily walk in your community, whether it be Brae or Dunrossness. There’ll be a station at each point where you pick up a poster. You take your poster with you and you stick it in your window, and it’s making a voice.”
An online group under the “Shetland Staands Wi Black Lives Matter” banner is also being established, to provide key information and help raise awareness.
“On a personal level I have tried to challenge racism head on several times in Shetland to varying degrees of success.
“But now is the time that people can really put their voices together and be heard and make a positive difference.”
The news comes after a statue of slave trader Edward Colston was pulled down in Bristol during racial equality protests over the weekend – moves that were criticised by Home Secretary Priti Patel.