5 Ways to Support the Black Community That Don't Involve Protesting
In today's heated political and social climate, we're constantly hearing stories about racial injustice.
The latest of those many tragedies involves George Floyd, a black man from Minneapolis who was caught on video repeatedly saying "I can't breathe" to a police officer who was suffocating him. He died shortly thereafter, sparking an uproar in our country, which was seen over the weekend.
From peaceful protests, to unfortunate looting and destroying of businesses, it's been a rollercoaster. It's important to keep in mind that these are completely separate things. Those seeking justice for George Floyd aren't the ones destroying their communities. Those people are using the protests as an excuse to be opportunistic.
In order to keep the focus on the issue at hand and take a stand for injustice peacefully, we've gathered five ways to support the black community that don't involve protesting:
1. Post Something Informative on Instagram
Instead of posting a cute selfie you had lined up for your feed, use your voice for something greater. Whether it's a repost of an account you follow, your thoughts typed out or anything that's at all informative, we urge you to speak up! As a young generation, it's up to us to enforce change, and it starts with you. Since social media is such a big part of our lives, we think it's a great way to start a conversation.
2. Donate to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement
If it's in your means, donating to the #BlackLivesMatter movement is something you should strongly consider. This movement is all about campaigning and protesting against violence in the black community. Systemic racism is something that's very evident in our country, and #BlackLivesMatter is just one of the many organizations seeking to make a difference.
3. Clean-Up Destroyed or Looted Areas in Your City
Since a small group of people have taken to destroying and looting businesses and streets in our cities, it's a great idea to help with clean-up efforts. These acts take away from the actual protests at hand, so by cleaning up your city, you're in a way becoming part of the peaceful protest.
4. Sign the #JusticeForFloyd Petition
With George Floyd at the forefront of the recent protests, there's been a petition demanding justice being spread around. Millions and millions of people have already signed it, which just goes to show that our country can truly come together in times of tragedy. The petition calls for all of those responsible for the death of Floyd to be tried and punished for their crimes.
5. Educate Yourself
There are so many ways to educate yourself about the black community and how to be a better ally. The books White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo are great starting points in your education. Have real discussions with friends and family members to talk it all out.
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