I was a fairly normal guy growing up. I never felt othered too much. Recently I took part in some research, and the person interviewing asked my friends three words to describe me - one of the words they chose was ‘woke’. When Mark Duggan was murdered by police, I was very much like “why are we rioting? We shouldn’t riot, this is wrong and is making everyone look bad”. Someone said to me in response - “you sound just as bad as the police.” I had to take a step back and think about why I thought this way. I started learning about why people riot, what pushes communities to do things like that where literally everyone participates. I started thinking a little bit differently about things, and why the world is the way it it is. You’re aware of your own morality growing up y’know, that I’m a young Black mixed man and I’m gonna get stopped and searched, but it was hard to see outside of that. After the riots and beginning to do more reading, I realised that I still had loads of privilege as a cisgender straight man. Disabled people aren’t heard, women aren’t heard, trans people aren’t heard - so what can I do to bring about change so those people can be accepted in society as themselves?