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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 1,500+ 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.