I hope my advice can help you if you’re confused or unsure what to do to help support the Black Lives Matter movement. A few of my friends reached out to me, so I wanted to create something that can be shared.
- Educate yourself: This will take time, effort, and personal growth. It’s fine to ask questions, but don’t expect your black friends to educate you; this can be something you have control over. Go into this knowing it’s OK that you may realize you were wrong in the past.
- Anti-Racism Resources
- Anti-Racist Resource Guide
- Black History Month Library
- George Floyd + Resource Compilation
2. Take Action: After you’ve educated yourself, find what’s right for you.
Charity Navigator – Tool to find different organizations and charities
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
The Minnesota Freedom Fund
If you feel comfortable, look into what protests are happening in your community, or plan one yourself. Listen, learn, and protect those around you.
- Call out Racism
Please speak out; these issues will not change if we are not having these conversations.
- Be a Friend
Check-in on your friends. I wouldn’t assume that they are doing well or poorly, but even if they seem OK, they may not be. Police brutality has happened for generations in the black community, and we are currently in a pandemic that has disproportionately affected black lives.
We can elect people who will fight against racial injustice. You can also contact your elected officials about these issues now. Find out how to contact your federal, state, and local elected leaders here.
- Discuss Anti-Racism
Actively discuss anti-racism with your friends, family, and children. Change starts in your home.
Feel free to share this on your social media platforms or privately with others.