Since the last time I posted an entry here, the world has seen massive protests centering on the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, and the countless other Black people who have died at the hands of racist and bigoted police and vigilantes. There have been protests in all 50 states plus various countries. And while I’ve been seeing less television coverage of the protests, they continue on.
I knew it would be disrespectful and irresponsible of me to not acknowledge the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests taking place, but I wasn’t sure what to say that hasn’t been better said by Black activists. I don’t want to speak over my Black comrades. Still, staying silent is not an option. So let me state unequivocally that I stand with Black people and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Rather than make this about me or state what Black folx have already said, I thought I’d create a list of resources for white people who want to learn, help, and stand with BLM and every Black person. So I’ve compiled a list of links, organized by category, that offers information, ways you can help, and also lists what you can do to educate yourself. Please note that many of these resources were put together by Black people who expended a lot of energy and deserve credit for their labour. I simply categorized these resources and put them in a list with a little commentary. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and I welcome suggestions.
If You Can’t Protest
Being chronically ill and disabled, I’m unable to attend BLM protests in person. After searching, I found these links, which list things you can do to support the Black Lives Matter movement from your home, like educating yourself and signing petitions.
Where to Donate
If you happen to have a little (or a lot) of cash, there are plenty of people and organizations that could use your help. Check out the many giving options in the links below. You might also want to give money directly to Black people in need, if you know someone who could use the help. Just be sure to ask first, and don’t assume someone needs the help.
Lists of Black-Owned Businesses to Shop From
Another way to support Black people is to patronize their businesses. Check out these lists of Black-owned businesses and make an effort to shop from them. Bookmark the shops and sellers that appeal to you and come back when you need to buy clothes, some reading material, or a birthday present for a friend.
Books Written by Black Authors You Can Read to Educate Yourself
As white people, it’s our job to educate ourselves about anti-Black racism: how it came to be, how it operates, and how we can work to stop it. The children’s books listed can not only educate our youth, but also help foster understanding in adults. Make a list and see if you can find some of these books in a library. If you can’t, see if the library can order them.
Support Black Creatives and Their Art
Just like we should be reading books by Black people, we should also be consuming their art and creative output. Check out a Black YouTuber whose videos spark your interest or, instead of buying a wall hanging from Target, purchase a piece of art from a Black artist.
Support Black Members of the LGBTQIA+ Community
Black queer and trans people have unique experiences and needs. They must deal with racism on top of homophobia and transphobia. Black trans people in particular face a lot of danger, including a higher risk of assault and murder. There are many organizations serving Black folx in the LGBTQIA+ community that need help. Take a look and see if there is an organization that you can assist.
Google Docs and Sites That List BLM and Anti-Racism Resources
The following are lists of resources like reading lists, information helpful to protestors, and links to information about racism in America. These are invaluable resources that you can use to educate yourself and help the Black Lives Matter movement. Take a good long look and see what you can learn.
Know of another resource? Comment below!
*One of the books listed is White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. Please note that she is white and consider first reading one of the many books about racism written by a Black author.