SUPPORTING THE BLACK COMMUNITY WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START: A GUIDE
Updated: Jun 10
The crimes against Black people in this country have paralyzed many of us who are unsure of how to help our Black friends, family and neighbors. This is a marathon, not a sprint, and dismantling systemic racism will not end when the dust settles. Together we will build a more equitable society.
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In the life-long process of self-learning, it's crucial that we as create time in our schedules to manage our resource intake. It's never been so easy to know WHAT to read, but WHERE to start can be overwhelming. We have manage our own learning process through establishing actionable methods to confront racism in every aspect of our lives.
So where to start?
Below you'll find various tangible ways to support the #BlackLivesMatter Movement and BIPOC communities now and forever.
But FIRST, check out this post by @fiveboi below, who shares 8 ways to strategic methods to handle what we're experiencing that's known as "Resource Overload". Click through the post to learn how to strategically manage your resource intake.
"Let's make sure we're preserving and cataloging
these resources and not letting them get drowned out."
Adapt these methods to set yourself up for self-learning success!
This is an obvious first, but financial support is a great way to exercise your power in helping the BIPOC communities. There's various ways to give, whether it's through official memorial funds, individual and direct funds to non-profit organizers, mutual aid funds (goes towards public housing, for example), bail out and criminal reform funds, and towards medical supplies and utilities to the protestors on the front line.
For a more comprehensive lists and guides on where to put your money where your mouth is, I've compiled resources that highlight 115+ ways to donate here.
SIGN & CONTACT
An extremely effective way in supporting is via signing petitions and contacting your representatives. If you don't know what to say if/when contacting your local officials and representatives, kick that to the curb! There are many resources compiled that provide full email templates, it's as easy as clicking a link, and inputting your name and city into the email.
For a thorough list of links to petitions to sign, view this document.
Now's never been a better time to engage in anti-racism work. Whether it's reading articles, watching a documentary, listening to podcasts, or following social media accounts (hello, algorithms!), it all begins by amplifying Black stories and voices. Un-learning the ideologies and perspectives that are embedded into our unconsciousness is obviously uncomfortable, but it's imperative to face this uncomfort in order to dismantle and challenge the systemic and interpersonal discriminations that are as alive as ever in this country.
Let's use the media to our advantage here. We have to all amplify the Black voices in the mainstream media, and it's as easy as trying out a new show, podcast, reading literature by BIPOC, or learning something new in a 45 minute documentary.
Fortunately, there's routes to this education and un-learning for every level of engagement and active allyship. Visit my other pages for resources.
Support Black-Owned Businesses
One of the most direct and sustainable ways to support the black community is to shop at black-owned businesses, many of which have also been disproportionally affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
See more on my post: Support Black-Owned Businesses