#BlackoutTuesday and #BlackLivesMatter Resources

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Instead of publishing a usual blog post, I wanted to take this opportunity to show my support for those in the black community and include a list of resources of ways you can help.

#BlackOutTuesday Information

As you have probably have seen, today (June 2nd) is #blackouttuesday, and many individuals are posting blank black images on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. to show solidarity. However, many of these images often include the blacklivesmatter and blm hashtag and no other information. If you are posting a blank black image today, please do NOT use the blacklivesmatter hashtag nor the blm hashtag because it prevents people from seeing important posts and information and use #blackouttuesday instead.

Furthermore, #blackouttuesday is not a day to be silent. Instead, it is a day to support those in the black community while being silent about your own art, work, etc. Also, only posting a black square and nothing else is seen as a performative action, and @alliesdoingwork has a thread on performative action and how to do more. So how can you help? @feminist has a list of 75 ways you can help.


General Resources

As far as other ways to help, the most comprehensive website I found is blacklivesmatters.carrd.co. The carrd includes a list of petitions to sign, officials to call or email, websites to donate to, and information for protesters. Most importantly, the carrd includes resources to educate yourself. The #blacklivesmatter Google doc is another comprehensive resource that includes relevant events, petitions to sign, where to donate, information for protesters, officials to contact, and resources to educate yourself. Also, this Twitter thread by @AMIRAHLEV0N includes carrds and Google docs and drives that you can visit to support the movement.

 

Lecture in Progress has a great list of resources especially for those in the UK. The directory includes a list of charities and funds, petitions to sign, and books, articles, videos, and podcasts to read and listen to. @booksandthecity created a Google doc of resources including fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books to read as well as a list of black-owned bookstores. @wanderingbritt_ started a Twitter thread of children’s books that discuss race and racism. Also, one reader suggested reading The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream by Gary Younge as it looks at the context of the speech. Furthermore, @unity.celeste has a list of 5 series on Netflix to educate yourself on black oppression and a second list on even more films and series to watch.

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I’m gonna be real – for me, racism makes me feel uncomfortable. It’s 2020 yet I’m baffled at why someone’s skin colour still makes a difference to how they’re treated. So many people are getting called out on here but I can understand that EVERYONE has their ways of dealing with things. Some people internalise, some people scream off the top of their lungs, some people punch things etc. I’ve had a few conversations with my friends and family and it’s almost sad because am I surprised that this shit is still happening? No not really. Someone asked me how I feel about this situation and so many people are going to absolutely hate me for saying this but in all honesty, I feel slightly relieved. 50/60/70 years ago, we didn’t have social media, or cameras on our phones. We didn’t have platforms where regular people could speak up. Where regular people like me and you can educate others and be listened to and taken seriously. The bottom of the line is, our world is still racist but I feel that the world is more awake than ever before. Back then, do you think something like this would get so much coverage? Absolutely not. I know where I came from – my last name is Thomas ffs and come on, that definitely wouldn’t have been my original surname. Am I worried to bring a child of colour into this world? Yes. But I recognise that slavery happened for 400+ years, and radical change takes a long time. It’s been such a short time being out of that. I hate that people have to suffer for change to happen, of course it breaks my heart! No one can tell me different! But also, I’m just glad that I can see way more people of all races fighting for what’s right. Anyway, on a lighter note, for those who want to learn more but don’t know where to start, add a couple of these badboys to your @netflixuk list to watch. There are way more, these are just 5 of my must watches. Please like and share! Those of y’all that have more suggestions, feel free to drop these in the comments. I don’t want any hate on here, just love. 💖 ** EDIT – for those that can’t find the first recommendation, type in ‘Explained’ – season 1 episode 4 **

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Be an Ally

Also, @courtneyahndesign has a guide to white privilege that includes what white privilege is and is not and what you can do with your white privilege. @wastefreemarie has the dos and don’ts of how to be an ally and @holidayphillips has a list of 5 things that are not allyship and what to do instead. @julliiaamarieee has terminology to know as a social justice activist and @itsecogal has words to remove from your vocabulary to be a better ally.

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[TW: harmful language] READ THE DISCLAIMER: when thinking about allyship, it’s important to understand how words and phrases that we often consider to be harmless can be offensive to those that we are attempting to advocate for. i’ll be the first to admit that i am guilty of using these terms in the past without completely understanding the harmful connotations and acknowledge that some of these words can definitely be harder to remove than others! thus, just as people took the time to educate me, i wanted to share a NON-EXHAUSTIVE list of words that you should remove to be a better ally! leave more words in the comments below! ✨ . [DISCLAIMER] for those asking questions about the terms “crazy/insane”, it may be unclear that the issue i’m addressing lies with using these terms to describe PEOPLE who behave in a manner than you deem to be inappropriate. the same goes for the word “tr*nny” which many people have said is associated with transmissions and using the word “illegal” in general. please note that these words are VERY MUCH based on the context that they’re used in and not to say that the words do no have different meanings that are not harmful in other situations. it’s also important to clarify that i’m saying that people who are just “organized and tidy” should not be referred to as OCD, not that people with OCD shouldn’t be referred to as OCD or that people with OCD should be called “neat and tidy”. i have since turned the comments off on this post because many people decided to fill the comment section with the offensive terms (especially the r word) and the space was filled with harmful language. whether you agree with the words or not, “jokingly” saying them and mocking those who are harmed by the language isn’t okay.

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Diversify Your Feed

@officialmillennialblack has a thread on what diversifying your feed means and the importance of it. @glowrecipe has a list of black-owned accounts to follow and learn from and @roohiamber has a list of black influencers to follow.

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Please use this time to diversify your IG feed with these Black influencers in 9 categories. Links to all accounts below. Please share with those looking for resources. This list is by no means exhaustive – just a few that I felt were worth mentioning through my own research and IG feed. You can find more amazing Black influencers through these accounts, and please do tag more in the comments! Family @candicebrathwaite @rowilliamsbrann @makingahomehere @thetravelingchild @themattiejames @butterscotchxqueen @aaronicabcole @mommyweek @watermeloneggrolls @asekyb @beleafmel Food @chefresha @dariuscooks @thekitchenista @evseats @chefdanie @fitsoulkitchen @jessicainthekitchen @edenthefoodie Finance @seekwisdompcw @thebudgetnista @iamashcash @hisandhermoney @myfabfinance @popcornfinancepodcast Business @badassboz @valeisha @richelieudennis @morgandebaun @justinrgerrard @angelarye @taibeau @elainewelteroth @amandaseales Fitness @mynameisjessamyn @followthelita @fitnessiam @msjeanettejenkins @spirituallyfly @amvrbody @msnicolefit Lifestyle @tyalexander @demetriallucas @michellcclark @alex_elle @stevenonoja @hayet.rida @mossonyi @spiritedpursuit @asiyami_gold @aysha.sow Interiors @carmeon.hamilton @sgardnerstyle @neffiwalker @mrserikaward @haldeninteriors @dressmyroom @dwellbycheryl @bethdianasmith @nicolewhitedesignsinteriors Beauty @nymatang @itsmyrayeraye @nakawunde @beautybylee @shalomblac @dennydaily @myleik @tiarramonet Fashion @ugomozie @callingallcreators @simplycyn @streetetiquette @monroesteele @naomielizee @itsreallynana @caligraphist @nycxclothes @basicstouch @savvyclickchick @femmeblk

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Donate

Regarding donations, do NOT donate to Change.org when you are signing petitions. Change.org is a private organization and the money does not go to further the cause. The blacklivesmatters.carrd.co includes other organizations, victim funds, protester bail funds, and black-owned businesses to donate to. @ukjami has a list of places to donate in the UK.


Support Black-Owned Businesses

@chicksforclimate has a post on why it is important to shop at black-owned businesses. Also, The Mad Mommy has a list of 1000+ black-owned Etsy shops and Stephano has a big list of black-owned kawaii brands. Furthermore, @roohiamber has a list of black-owned small businesses you can support from anywhere and @jadealycebod has a thread of black-owned businesses you can shop online at. @emames7 has a list of black-owned businesses in the UK. You can also look for black-owned businesses in your area to support.

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More listed below in caption and comments. Some brilliant black-owned businesses mostly from the UK that you can buy/follow right now. Compiled with help from resources online @ukjamii @blackwomensdirectory @IamKristabel 🙏 please add anymore suggestions #supportblackbusiness Cookbooks  1. Original Flava @originalflava 2. Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen by @ghanakitchen 3. Hibiscus by Lopè Ariyo @lopeariyo 4. Ethiopia by Yohanis Gebreyesus @chef_yohanis 5. Belly Full by Riaz Phillips @Belly.full ✨ Food & Drink 1. Chikas snacks @chikasfoods 2. Grazing Boxes @berryandbrie  3. Yard Confectionary @yardconfectionery 4. Cabby’s Rum @cabbysrum 5. Cham Cham hot pepper sauce @nimsdin 6. @patandpinkys 7. @theblackfarmer 8. @thegymkitchen ✨ Beauty & Haircare Brands 1. Liha Beauty: skin oils, shea butters @LihaBeauty  2. BeautyStack: @beautystack  3. Bouclème: afro and curly hair products @boucleme  4. Afrocenchix: Hair products @afrocenchix  5. The Afro Hair and Skin Company: shampoo bars, hair masks, face masks @afrohairandskinco 6. @radswan (launching soon) 7. @charlottemensah ✨ Fashion & Accessory brands  1. Wales Bonner: menswear and womenswear @walesbonner 2. Casely-Hayford: suits @caselyhayfordlondon 3. Daughter of a Bohemian: upcycled pieces and workshops @daughterofabohemian 4. Daily Paper: menswear and womenswear  @dailypaper  5. Aaks: basket bags @a.a.k.s  6. Martine Rose @martine_rose 7. Nubian Skin @nubianskin  8. Sincerely Nude @sincerelynude Home & Lifestyle  1. Prick: cacti and plantcare  @prickldn 2. Bespoke Binny @bespokebinny 3. New Beacon Books : Specialists in African and Caribbean Literature @newbeaconbooks 4. Bonita Vie Stationary @bonitaivieprints 5. @labasketry 5. Reset Travel @Resettravel ✨ Publications / Platforms @galdemzine @theirinjournal  @womenwho  @forworkingladies @thy.self @blackgirlfest @azeemamag @modernlit @prim.black

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Furthermore, @shop.thoughtful has a list of ways you can support black-owned businesses for free.


Donate Without Money

However, times are hard for many people and if you cannot donate or monetarily support black-owned businesses, you can stream Zoe Amira’s video project that features art and music from black creators. 100% of the ad revenue from the video will be donated to associations that offer protester bail funds, help pay for family funerals, and advocacy. If you stream the video, make sure your ad blocker is off and you do not skip any ads. You can also leave the video running in the background while you are going about your day. UPDATE: Zoe Amira’s video project was removed for violating Youtube’s terms, however, YouTube is donating the ad money she would have received. In the meantime, you can check out the following Twitter thread of other videos to watch.

A Twitter thread started by @iDiminies includes a list of other YouTube videos you can stream where the ad revenue will be donated to various funds.


Support the Movement Offline

Lastly, those that are at higher risk of illness or have family members who are vulnerable, protesting may not be an option. Billie Eilish briefly listed other ways you can protest without risking your health and those of your family. Also, @nataliesoutlet has a great post on how to use your voice for change and empowerment offline and @iamshararose has a post on how to communicate with racist family members. @ukjamii has a post on what the non-black community can do long term.


Educate Yourself

To end this post for now, I will leave this tweet by @thEMANacho who explains why there is rioting and white privilege and why black lives matter right now. @lyslynne has a post on why saying all lives matter is wrong and hurtful and @inthefluxonline has a thread on racism and anti-racism. @glographics has a post on is it rude to call people black.

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𝗜𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝗿𝘂𝗱𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘂𝘀 𝗕𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸? Let's talk semantics. Whether it was a teacher, coach, acquaintance, or stranger, I’ve always noticed a slight hesitation with this, which shows me they're unsure of which term is appropriate. 𝗕𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗼𝗿 𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻-𝗔𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻? I remember a lady once trying to describe a person to me to see if I knew them. And she used words like tall and funny, and kept going with vague descriptors as I’m guessing random people, and then finally, I get to the person she’s talking about. He was a Black guy of course, which would’ve immediately helped me narrow down the selection, like, a LOT. I asked, “Why didn’t you just say he was Black?” She said, “Oh, I didn’t want to be rude.” 🤔 That’s when I realized the conditioning from the media and the news had run so deep, that the word Black carries this inherent bias of negative or bad. Black is what we are. It’s our identity. It’s our culture. It’s our life. So swipe through to learn the context as well as some examples of when African-American might be preferred. And if you also thought Black was insulting, try to unpack that and figure out why. Remember, allyship requires an internal revolution before an external one. And last but not least, always capitalize the B ✊🏾

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I also recommend watching this short video by @violadavis on systemic racism and reading this post by @steven on how systemic racism can be defeated. There is also an informative post by @femislay on medical racism in the US.

 

Furthermore, it is important to educate yourself on what white savior complex and whitewashing is and why it is bad. @ssustainably_ has a thread on whitewashing and the white savior complex in the fashion industry and @das.penman has a thread on white saviors in film. @diversifyournarrative has a thread on whitewashing in US history.

 

Juneteenth is on June 19th, and @alliesdoingwork has a post on the importance of Juneteenth.


As I find new information on ways to help, I will update this post. Also, if you know of any other resources, please leave a comment!

Please do not thank me for writing this post. I am just doing what I can to help educate others. I have been sharing threads and posts on Instagram and Twitter, and I wanted to have a more permanent and easier way to access the information.

13 thoughts on “#BlackoutTuesday and #BlackLivesMatter Resources

  1. Amazing. Everyone should respect each other. It is sad that there is so much hate in this world. Specially, that this has been going around for years and won’t even stop. No matter how much we try, there will be always someone trying to go against.

    Your message is beautiful. Thank you for writing this.

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    1. Yes I agree. Part of me doesn’t understand why racism is still an issue today, but after watching the 13th documentary on Netflix, I learned that after the slaves were freed with the 13th amendment, the racist views didn’t just go away. Instead of slaves, the blacks were viewed as criminals & that’s how they’re still seen today, which is horrible.

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