If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know I’m angry.
Black Lives Matter is not a trend. It is essential. George Floyd’s life mattered. Breonna Taylor’s life mattered. EVERY Black person matters.
I remember shouting NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE at a march in 2016, 5 years after Mark Duggan had been shot and killed by UK police in 2011.
I remember protesting the state visit of Donald Trump in 2018.
What has changed for the better in recent years?! Enough is enough.
I can’t protest this year, as I have lupus (an autoimmune disease) and it’s not safe for me as a disabled person during this pandemic. I wish I could be there. My disease disproportionally affects minorities. Read the graphic below from LupusUK.
Instead of protesting, I’ve been avidly signing petitions, donating, and sharing black voices on Twitter + Facebook, alongside educational resources.
Today I’m aiming to do the same on my blog, because I know lots of people follow me via Bloglovin’, WordPress, or Pinterest and not on Twitter. Plus I think it will be useful to compile everything in one place.
I will be updating this regularly with new information and petitions. All ad revenue from my blog will be donated to various charities helping fight discrimination and provide support for minorities.
Anti-Racism. What To Do As a White Person.
As a white person, you cannot simply post a black square on Instagram, then go back to ‘life as normal’.
This is what you should be doing.
In Real Life
- Hold others accountable. It can be as simple as saying ‘please don’t use that word to describe a takeaway, it’s racist towards Chinese or Pakistani people’. Educate. Explain why something they’ve said or done is either straight-up racist, a microaggression, or discriminatory / based on racial bias. Stand up for your minority friends. Not being racist isn’t enough, be actively ANTI-racist.
- Make an effort to read more books written by BIPOC. I’m not just talking about non-fiction. Black people write across all genres, but are drastically under-represented.
- Consider the brands you support, and whether you should boycott them. Personally, I hate fast fashion, as it exploits workers and damages the environment. Don’t buy a t-shirt with the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ on from a company run by rich white men! Do your research. Are they helping minorities? Do they employ minorities in leadership positions? Are they paid equally?
- Support Black-owned businesses. I’m working on this myself, particularly with switching out my skincare as I don’t typically wear makeup. For hair care, I use Cantu at the moment, who hire Black women, but are owned by white people. It’s a start, but I’m working on doing better. Here’s a blog post featuring 50 Black-owned hair brands. Have a read through this Google document featuring Black-owned business across many industries!
- Listen. As a disabled bisexual woman, I wouldn’t want an able-bodied straight man to speak over me! So don’t do it for people of colour. Use your voice, but LISTEN and amplify BIPOC voices. White people do need to speak out about racism and white privilege, but remember that you do not understand what racial discrimination feels like. You haven’t experienced it, and this is not about you.
- Peaceful Protest. As we’re still in a global pandemic, you need to take extra precaution to stay safe. Make sure you have a face-mask, practice social-distancing as much as you can, and wear gloves. Carry hand sanitizer and water. If you feel unwell, GO HOME. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, or someone you live with does, do not put others at risk by protesting.
- Use your vote. No matter what country you live in, make sure you do your research on candidates. Stating the obvious here, but do not vote for white supremacists.
Online Petitions to Sign
Change.org is the main place to sign petitions. Make sure to verify your email address after signing. Share petitions, but I wouldn’t recommend donating directly through Change.org. It’s better to donate directly to organisations that need the funding, to be sure that 100% of the money is going to them.
- Include Windrush generations in British Nationality Act Remedial Order.
- Criminal Charges for Travis & Greg McMichael in the murder of Black Jogger Ahmaud Arbery.
- Justice For Ahmaud Arbery.
- Justice For Breonna Taylor.
- Fight For Breonna.
- Justice For Belly Mujinga.
- Save my dad from ICE’s virus-ridden detention centers.
- Suspend UK export of tear gas, rubber bullets and riot shields to USA.
- More protection for Black Trans Women UK.
- Teach British children about the realities of British Imperialism and Colonialism.
- Make Black History compulsory in workplaces, schools and universities.
- Battle racism by updating GCSE reading lists.
- Qualified Immunity needs legislative reform.
Demand Bloch ballet start including women of color.This one made change!
There are so many more petitions, with new ones created every day. I’d recommend regularly browsing Change.org, and keeping an eye out for more petitions on Twitter.
Where to Donate
- The official Black Lives Matter website.
- Color Of Change.
- Campaign Zero.
- The Equal Justice Initiative.
- Here is a page featuring Bail Funds you can donate to. The same website has various links for donations to victims, Black businesses, and organisations.
How To Donate For Free
If you can’t afford to donate, there are several streams and videos on YouTube to watch, where the ad revenue generated is donated to Black Lives Matter charities and bail funds. Don’t skip the ads!
I’ve been watching this stream, featuring some incredibly talented Black musicians and artists.
- Ally.wiki has a huge list of educational resources, more petitions, and books to read.
- This Anti-Racism Resources Google Document.
- The 1619 Project. “an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.”
- Jane Elliott. I’d recommend watching her Blue Eyes & Brown Eyes Exercises on YouTube, teaching white kids, students + adults what discrimination feels like. Jane “exposes prejudice and bigotry for what it is, an irrational class system based upon purely arbitrary factors. And if you think this does not apply to you. . . you are in for a rude awakening.” Jane also has learning materials on her website.
Some Books About Racism + White Privilege.
- Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge.
- How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo.
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD.
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.
- Natives by Akala.
- 13th. A must-watch documentary by Ava DuVernay. This really opened my eyes, as British person with limited understanding of the US prison system. Netflix has made this documentary FREE on their YouTube channel. Watch it.
- Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers
- “How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion” | Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools
- You can find Jane Elliott’s exercises easily on YouTube. They’re very insightful and I’d recommend watching at least one of them. Here is a recent interview, where she speaks on her life work.
Writers, Bloggers + Influencers.
- MALORIE BLACKMAN OBE. Read her books. Follow her on Twitter.
- Myonna spoke about her experience on Booktube + Book Twitter as a Black woman. Watch her video.
- Laila Woozeer has written many pieces about race, cultural appropriation, ethnicity, and not being white in the UK. Laila is writing a book titled ‘Not Quite White’. You can find their work here.
- Michelle Chai from DaisyButter has written about her experiences as a British-Chinese woman.
- Ghenet from Ghenet Actually has written about her experience living in the UK as an African-American woman from New York, on why representation is important, and mental health.
- Stephanie Yeboah is amazing. She writes about plus-size style as a woman of colour, and is definitely someone you need on your feed. I’ve learned a lot from her over the years. Stephanie’s Book ‘Fattily Ever After’ comes out in September 2020. Twitter: @StephanieYeboah.
- Grace F Victory is another Black woman who should be on your timeline. Her blog, Gracie Francesca, has the tagline of ‘Style and Substance’, and I can’t think of a better way to describe her writing. Twitter: @GraceFVictory.
- Francisca Rockey is a blogger, activist, and geographer. She founded BlackGeographers, launching in July 2020. Twitter: @FranciscaRockey.
- Eboni Dixon wrote about her experience growing up mixed-race.
- 75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice. Written in 2017 by Corinne Shutack. Still relevant.
- NoWhiteSaviours on Instagram.
- Johnny from Johnny’s Traventures wrote about his experience being a Black Male Blogger in a Female-Dominated Space.
- My White Friend Asked Me on Facebook to Explain White Privilege. I Decided to Be Honest by Lori Lakin Hutcherson.
I’ll leave you with the above graphic by Boise State Writing Center, to emphasise what white privilege is.
Black Lives Matter.