6/5/2020 0 Comments
A Huge Disclaimer: This is not a blog post to explain what and why we proclaim #BlackLivesMatter, instead of #AllLivesMatter. Furthermore, this is not a blog post to discuss and educate others on white privilege, discrimination, the act of kneeling during the national anthem, systematic racism, etc.
This is not a post for that – well because if you do not understand or get it by now, then I don’t know what to tell you besides look around at the blatant racism and the unique challenges minorities face in this country. With that being said, this post is aimed to encourage a call to action. To help spread the message of what you can do to stand up against police brutality and injustices towards African Americans.
A Little Background
For many generations, African Americans in the United States have faced unequal opportunities, discrimination, prejudices, injustices, and so much more all due to simply being black. Personally, it’s disheartening to know the same country in which my ancestors were forced to come to as slaves and helped build up what it is today, continues to mistreat black people.
Sadly, we are still experiencing racism all by the hands of police officers. Yes, we know that there are always a few “bad apples” in every profession; however there are always consequences for breaking rules and disobeying the ethics of that particular profession. Therefore, these few “bad apples” in the police departments should not be exempt from consequences - for they are not above the law.
A Call to Action
After the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 while in police custody, mass demonstrations have sprung up around the world to draw attention to the ongoing issue of police brutality towards African Americans. In fact, his death is what sparked the creation of this post, because quite frankly enough is enough! I have realized that voicing my thoughts won’t suffice, action is required to reap any hope of change. Below, I have created 7 ways in which you can show your support and fight against injustices towards African Americans.
Historically, protesting has shed light on injustices, ultimately putting pressure on law makers to pass certain laws, and hold people accountable for their wrongful actions. I would encourage those who are looking to find a way to create change to join a protest. However, please be careful and know your rights when participating. If protesting is not your thing, it’s okay – don’t let others make you feel bad for not going out on the frontlines. Please continue to read for other ways that you can help.
2. Use Your Platform
Spread awareness by using your voice through social media to share or post resources and ways people can join the fight towards ending police brutality.
3. Vote. Vote. Vote.
Sometimes I hear excuses such as, “My vote doesn’t count,” “I’m not registered,” “I just moved to a new state” as reasons for missing out on an election. I’d like to encourage my readers to not be blinded by excuses. We need people in office that will stand up and work for black people and other minorities. To be honest, a lot of the times these elections are super close; therefore your vote is needed and really does count. Oh and let me just say this… please be mindful that voting for the president is not enough. To invoke change, it starts locally!
Donating money can also further propel these organizations that are aimed at fighting police brutality and bringing equality for black people. Interested in donating? Check out this list below:
5. Sign Petitions
Here is a list of a couple petitions that you can also sign to show your support
6. Support Black Owned Businesses
Show your support by patronizing at black owned establishments. Spread the word about their establishments to further increase sales. Whether it’s a restaurant, blogging site, clothing boutique, etc, uplift these businesses!
7. Stay Educated
Lastly, please stay abreast to new knowledge, current events, and available resources. Knowledge is power!
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