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Black Lives Matter: Ways to Support the Cause

Hey guys. Hope you guys are safe and well. I’ve hesitated on whether I should write this post since I was afraid of risking saying the wrong things. But I’ve come to realize that not speaking would make you a complicit bystander.

It’s been heartbreaking and difficult to read and hear the amount of unrest and injustice that has occurred in the past week. Although I’m not Black and cannot come close to understanding the degree of pain and suffering in the Black community, I stand with you and will do my best to understand.

Before I start, please feel free to share this link around your community, which has all the organizations, petitions, and ways to support.

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

Also: feel free to comment your links and resources you’ve found in the comments below. I’d love to add it to the post or help share and support through Twitter.

Table of Content

Donating

I’m fortunate that my university has set up many matching fundraisers where they’ll match dollar for dollar. Reach out to your organizations or companies to see if they’re running any such programs.

Here are also a few of the many fundraisers you can donate to:

George Floyd Memorial Fund

Black Visions Collective

Reclaim the Block

Campaign Zero

Donating with no money

My bank account (oops) needed me to take a break after making rounds through the fundraisers. I know there are also a lot of students out there who want to help, but may not have the financial capability to donate. Zoe Amira started the movement to stream youtube videos and to raise money through the ad revenues. All you have to do is play the video and let the ads run -> then rinse and repeat. The video itself is amazing quality and quite empowering. The support and the (hilarious and wholesome) algorithm comments also bring a smile to your face. I really recommend checking this out. The idea is as brilliant as much it is impactful.

Petitions

There are so so many petitions. I never really realized the power of petitions until I began signing them. Some of them are to enact change such as the Hands Up project, but there are also simply petitions that are just there to raise awareness of other victims who have not received as much attention on the news. Here is a doc with a plethora of petitions you can sign.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-0KC83vYfVQ-2freQveH43PWxuab2uWDEGolzrNoIks/preview?pru=AAABcqDw_9I*QVIP3JJN7foB0WrgG-6Bmw#

Books

I love the way Jess puts it in this video. While there are many book on antiracism that is being recommended currently, the Black writing community branches out to so so many more genres.

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Hey y’all! This was my first time doing IGTV & I was NERVOUSSSSS 😬😬😬.But I wanted to talk about something I’ve been seeing and share my thoughts with you. Please remember that we have Black authors of YA books, Romance, Fantasy, Contemporary Fiction, any many more genres. I understand that we need educate ourselves and non-fictions book provide that, but Black literature has a diverse amount of books than just books that discuss race. It’s disheartening when I feel like people associate Black Authors to only books about slavery, racism, trauma, etc. Reading these non-fiction books are educational and powerful, but there are so many other ways to support the community and if you aren’t a non-fiction fan, no one is forcing you to read them. What I don’t want is for people to buy all the non-fiction books to share posts about, but never actually read them. If you are interested in some of the books I used as examples, here’s the list: Not So Pure & Simple by Lamar Giles Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James I Tried To Change So You Don’t Have To by Loni Love The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson. Some of them I have read and others are on my TBR list. This video isn’t recommending you to read these authors, I just wanted to point out that Black authors are not monolithic. You can also check out @tomesandtextiles recent post that features Black Authors and recommendations to diversify your reads.

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26 Ways to Support Beyond the Streets

How to Ally

When I came across this post, I learned so much more on what it meant to ally, and it’s made me more aware of the right things to do.

Additional Posts

I’m not the most eloquent, but I hope this helps you guys find ways of how we can support. If anything, please check out these other posts which are so so inspiring and motivating.

Final Thoughts

Social media has been overwhelming these past few days. Although I see my friends and colleagues advocating online, I get anxiety posting on my personal Instagram and have been using bookstagram as my outlet instead. I’ve been trying my best to do what I can, but sometimes there’s always an aching feeling that you’re not doing enough. I always look back on this post to realize that we don’t all have to be on the streets protesting, or have to be posting profusely on social media, or have to have the money to donate all we can to fundraisers. Each of us can find our own ways to support.

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BLACK LIVES MATTER

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Take care of yourself

Finally, I think I should add this. There’s always this constant struggle between keeping up with the news while staying off social media for your mental health. It means so much to support as much as you can, but it’s also ok if you ever feel the need to take a break. It can be so overwhelming to open up the news sometimes and the amount of sorrow and pain and injustice that is still present in the world can be a hard pill to swallow. It’s easy cry and hard to look away.

But we also can’t help others if our own bodies aren’t well. Remember to give yourself a kind reminder to take a break sometimes and look after your mental health ❤ Do what you can at your own pace.

xoxo,

Jenn

3 thoughts on “Black Lives Matter: Ways to Support the Cause

  1. This is really well written and filled with great resources; I think the last Instagram embed in your post is also really important to keep in mind, and absolutely taking care of yourself. Together we can fight for what’s right ❤️

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