With many of us wanting to show our support for the Black Lives Matter movement that erupted after the murder George Floyd by a white police officer who knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. But many of us are not being able to go to protests due to lockdown rules and social distancing measures. Which is okay because there are other ways in which we can show our support, such as donating. But, not all of us have the funds to donate, so how can we help from home?
Sign petitions. This is important as it will encourage those in power to make changes to laws and legislations in order to gain the change that we so desperately need. There is a document full of links at the bottom of this article, so please sign them and then share.
Have the talk. No, not the birds and the bees talk! Sit down with friends or family members to have important talks about what is going on in society. But only do this if you can be sure that it won’t put you in harm's way.
Educate yourself. None of us are perfect so we all must do our bit to stay informed on what is going on. It is not the job of black people and people of colour to educate white people. We must do it ourselves and there is no shortage of resources out there. There is the book Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, and it is really informative. She also has a blog and a podcast which you should checkout. However, there are obviously many other resources out there. So now, whilst we are in lockdown, is a perfect time to do some research.
Share information. After you have done your research, repost, like and comment on some of the many helpful posts that are out there on social media platforms. This shares vital information that people may have not seen. A good Instagram account to follow is educate.retaliate. They are usually really useful and reliably sourced information but you should always check the information yourself as this prevents the spread of fake news that social media apps may not have picked up on.
Although we currently can't go out to protests, there are many other ways in which you can support the movement.
Will Post Soon - Josh
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