Understanding the Black Lives Matter Movement


If you know me and have been following my blog for a while, you know I like to keep things happy and lighthearted. However, due to unfortunate current events, I wanted to share what I have been learning about the black lives matter movement. Soon social media attention will have less of a focus on this human rights issue, so I wanted to have a place on my blog where I can continue to update and share information over the long term.

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There are many injustices faced by the Black community every single day. But this is not the first we are hearing of it. This has been happening under a system that has kept them oppressed for hundreds of years. That system ends now – starting with us.

Please be kind… If anything I am sharing could be phrased differently or include additional detail, please let me know.

Where to Start – Black Lives Matter

Between the protests, #BlackOutTuesday, and everything that the media is throwing out to us, it can be a lot and you may not know where to start. The best starting point is within yourself and doing your part to not just announce that you are not racist, but live an anti-racist life. You can start researching and learning about Black history. Please speak up when you hear family members or friends make racist remarks or jokes. You can reach out to those who are speaking out against these injustices and ask questions. No one is going to condemn you for attempting to educate yourself.

Looking at all the vast problems in society, it is easy to feel inconsequential in the bigger picture.

When you are working on yourself and start to live an actively anti-racist life, you will inspire others to do the same. Teach your children, teach your parents, teach those who want to spread the hate. There is no use in arguing with some, but keep the peace and speak with love.

Mauro Pedro da Silva

It can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to standing up, amplifying Black voices and truly being an ally.

How to Help

If you want to help your city during these times and cannot peacefully protest, consider volunteering to help clean up the city after protests. Make donations. Make sure you are shopping with local, Black-owned businesses and restaurants.

The best way to show your solidarity is to share your willingness to learn more.

What is White Privilege?

I have a quick statement I want to say – white privilege is not being said as an insult. Some tend to take it that way due to the word “privilege” and not wanting to sound entitled. All this means is that white people have been given the subconscious (and sometimes conscious) privilege based on their skin color. As white people, we have not faced oppression solely based on being white, unlike the Black community. It is a privilege to educate yourself about racism instead of experiencing it. When people are saying “Use your white privilege to help!” this means use your platform to stand up in unity in support of the Black Lives Matter movement as well as standing up for these injustices every day.

Yes, ‘Black’ is capitalized when we’re talking about race.

Donovan Valdivia

#BlackLivesMatter

I Understand that I will Never be able to Understand

I am sad, sick, and angry for these families and people who have to experience racism nearly every day of their lives. Those who have to teach their children how to talk to authorities and who have to watch people stand uncomfortably around them. Those who have their existence questioned by others and those who have lost loved ones who were targeted based solely off their skin color. But I know I am not nearly as sad, sick, and angry as Black people are.

I understand that I will never be able to understand, but I will always stand with you.

Yashnova Natasha

Black Lives Matter vs. Every Life Matters

Before we can go around saying that “every life matters” we first have to make sure that Black lives matter and are equal – because they are the ones in danger. I have resources below for you to educate yourself and loved ones.

Where to Learn More About the Black Lives Matter Movement

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Listen on Spotify

Black Lives Matter Playlist

Watch on Netflix

Watch on Amazon Prime

Watch on Hulu

Ted Talks to Watch

Books & Audiobooks for Adults

Books & Audiobooks for Kids

Podcasts Worth Listening To

Where to Donate

What to do Besides Donating

Articles to Read

Follow on Instagram

Artwork

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This is a non-exhaustive list – if you know of other resources you believe will be of good use to others, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected] or in the comments below! Use your platform and/or privilege for good. And please please please, remember to be kind to one another.

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