I am deeply horrified, saddened, and overwhelmed with a feeling of helplessness by the racial injustice taking place in America today. I’ve spent these past few days educating myself, trying to stay informed, and looking for ways to take action against this unjust reality.
I am committed to being an ally. I am committed to being actively anti-racist, because simply being “not racist” is not enough. Being an ally to me, means continuing to educate myself, listening to black men and women, signing petitions, donating to charities that advocate for POC, regularly talking to my friends and family about these issues, teaching my future children from a young age how to be an ally, supporting and encouraging brands to show diversity on their platforms, voting, taking the census, calling + writing to representatives, and standing up for injustice when I see it. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. And as I become more informed and educated on this topic, I will be updating and adding to this post.
No one should be treated differently because of the color of their skin. No one deserves to be living in fear or suppressing themselves in order to not get arrested, profiled, ridiculed, or killed. I will never be able to know or understand what black men and women in America have been through, but I will stand with them. I will speak up, I will take action. None of us have all of the answers, but we must start somewhere.
Learning How To Be An Ally
Have conversations about racial injustice with your family and friends – this video really helped me start
Talk to your kids or commit to talking to your future children about this – here’s a list of some great books
Educate yourself by reading about racial injustice – I just ordered this book
Support and encourage more brands to represent and work with POC
Support black owned businesses – I have a lot of research to do here
Check in on your black friends and let them know that you’re thinking of them and there for them
Request an absentee ballot so you can vote without contact
Vote during the primaries for state and local officials, not just during the presidential election
Take the census – it’s how the government decides how much funding your community will get for schools, hospitals and more
Donate to the NAACP
Donate to the The Loveland Foundation
Donate to George Floyd’s family
Text FLOYD to 55156 to sign the petition
Contact state and local leaders
Take a stand against injustice when you see it
Use your voice and your power to bring awareness to this important issue whether it be on social media, or elsewhere
Continue having these conversations and taking action weeks, months, years from now
The last thing that I will say, is that everyone has a voice. So please use yours in a positive way. Don’t let the fear of misspeaking hold you back. We are all human and no one is perfect. This quote really resonated with me, “Empathy: Let me hold the door for you. I may have never walked in your shoes, but I can see your soles are worn, your strength is torn under the weight of a story I have never lived before. Let me hold the door for you. After all you’ve walked through, It’s the least I can do.” -MHN