I’m probably going to say the wrong thing but I simply cannot stay silent about the injustice that the Black community face on a daily basis. I’ve been writing and re-writing this post for over a week now trying to find the right words. I know how privileged I am as a white woman that I am not judged on the colour of my skin. As I have this platform I wanted to use it to help educate and share some resources I’ve been collecting over the last few days and share some of the beautiful artwork supporting Black Lives Matter that I’ve seen.
Seeing these videos of George Floyd, Armaud Arbery, Amy Cooper and Breonna Taylor being brutally murdered for the colour of their skin sickens me. Enough is enough and it needs to change.
I’m reading up about allyship and how I can do my part. I found this post on instagram by Giselle Buchanan a very good place to start. When putting together this post I have to remember that allyship is in our actions, none of us are done learning and it’s ok to have made mistakes. What matters is that you are doing the work to become actively anti-racist and holding yourselves and each other accountable.
Active allyship for me started by signing all the petitions I’ve found online, and putting money where my mouth is and donating to Bail funds and Black Lives Matter.
If money is an issue, you can watch or passively leave this youtube playlist running (don’t skip the Ads, and make sure you don’t have an Ad-blocker). All ad revenue will be donated to the BLM movement.
There are plenty of ways we can help now by using our platforms to amplify Black voices. You might not think of yourself as an influencer but even if you have 30 followers you are still influencing them. Use this opportunity to teach Susan and all her white friends how to grow.
My Instagram feed has always been pretty diverse, I hate seeing ‘perfect’ images of skinny blonde white women that I can’t relate to and have always sought out mid-size babes, colourful dresses and pretty flowers, now those are things I can relate to! If you’d also like to diversify your feed I’ve added links below to some of my favourite babes for you to follow too.
When I create illustrations I strive to represent all hair colours and skin tones and will continue to do so and push myself even further. I’ve always thought it important to represent as many as I can and now I’m realising it’s even more so right now.
I’m also looking how I can change my shopping habits to support Black independent brands and side eye-ing big corporations I usually love to shop from but have stayed silent in this time or don’t have diversity with their models or workplaces.
We are never done learning and I for one will commit to growing and educating myself. We need to have those uncomfortable conversations and we need to take it upon ourselves to change behaviours and call out racism in our circles. It’s not for the Black community to teach us, we have to educate ourselves, our family members and friends and put a stop to racism. It’s going to be uncomfortable but we need to start breaking down barriers and make it an equal playing field for all.
WAYS TO SUPPORT BLM:
White Women who Truly Want to Help – Ivirlei Brookes
I want to be an ally but i don’t know what to do – Giselle Buchana
Donate – The Bail Project
Sign Perditions – Justice for Breonna Taylor – Justice for George Floyd
31 Black Activists, Thinkers, and Writers You Should Follow on Instagram
5 Actions You Can Take to Fight Racial Injustice Right Now and Moving Forward
17 Films, Shows, and Documentaries That Can Help Educate Your Tweens and Teens About Race
If You’re Joining a Black Lives Matter Protest as an Ally, Here Are Dos and Don’ts
How to Explain White Privilege to Your White Working-Class Friends and Family
This Video Shares 5 Tips Explaining How to Be a Better Ally to the Black Community
11 Things You Can Do To Help Black Lives Matter End Police Violence
How to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality
All this beautiful art work used is linked to direct source on instagram. Find all links below.