Simple Ways to be an Ally to the Black Community

We’re deeply saddened by the discrimination that continues to happen in our communities. George Floyd’s brutal death and the constant abuses the black communities face need justice. Due to the lack of change, accountability, respect, and justice, there are nationwide protests and riots. It took nationwide protests and riots for all 4 men who murdered George to be arrested. Let that sink in. 

These days, besides supporting the community, we need to come together to uplift their voices and be good allies. This cannot be another social media trend. We cannot just send prayers and love. We need action. We need to change. A new lifestyle. 

In today’s post, we are sharing simple ways you can support the black community and become a good ally.

 

  • Read
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    This is the perfect time to educate yourself and learn about racism. It’s important to learn about the historic struggles that have never really ended. Perhaps if more people learned about the struggles and fear they face daily the hate would diminish. If all these topics make you feel uncomfortable or you think it’s not necessary in order to make a difference in this world, perhaps the change needs to start within you. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. 

    Here’s a list of books with powerful insight from you can learn about:

    -White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About It

    -Between The World and Me

    -Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (National Book Award Winner)

    -White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

     

  • Ask questions
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    Don’t be afraid to ask! Perhaps now is not a good time to ask your black friend certain questions but, when the time is right who better to share what they experience than your friend? Once you do recognize how deep this problem is, start implementing change at home and have important conversations with other friends and loved ones. Help change the narrative at home.  

     

  • Influence 
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    By discussing this subject, you create awareness to the people around you and teach them everything you learn. Share posts, businesses, resources that are black-owned. Highlight issues that the black community is facing. The news is not always on the side of the oppressed. Be on their side.  Shop black-owned. Share podcasts and articles to your audience. Turn this hurtful time into a positive and the only positive that can come about is change and justice. 

     

     

  • Take action
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    Social media had been flooded with images and posts claiming justice for George Floyd, which is great but, there’s more you can do. You can donate to organizations that support the black community, be part of a protest or call/email your local politician, mayor to express how you feel about what’s going on and demand justice. 

     

    If there's any other information you'd like to share with us please do. We are not black but, we stand and always willing to learn more. 

    Sending love. 

     

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    by Mimi Alas


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