"What Can I Do?" Ways to Be an Ally

"What can I do?"

"If there's any way that I can help PLEASE let me know"

"I want to support you, please let me know what I can do"

"I would love your input, I just don't even know where to start"

And on.


I'm guilty of this too. Something that wrecked me this week was thinking to myself -

WE SHOULDN'T BE ASKING WHAT WE CAN DO...BECAUSE WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING IT ALL ALONG.

While I know that these questions come from a place of love and concern, and honestly are a step in the direction of change, we cannot keep burdening our fellow BIPOC with the responsibility of paving the way for our education on diversity. We have to look. We have to ask each other. We have to care. We have to put in the work. We have to change.


Over this past week I have tried to compile all the resources I have come across so that I can read the information, save the information, read it again, visit the links attached, read the information again, and begin to implement these changes into my daily life, because it's necessary and well overdue. I hope that by sharing them in one compiled place it will make it as accessible as possible for everyone to use and learn.

A PLACE TO START

What is an ally?

"An ally is someone from a non marginalized group who uses their privilege to advocate for a marginalized group." (2020) forge.medium.com


**Know the difference**


What is a performative ally?

"Performative ally-ship, on the other hand, is when someone from that same non marginalized group professes support and solidarity with a marginalized group in a way that either isn’t helpful or that actively harms that group. Performative ally-ship usually involves the “ally” receiving some kind of reward — on social media, it’s that virtual pat on the back for being a 'good person' or 'on the right side'." (2020) forge.medium.com


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A great place to begin is by challenging your way of thinking. Start asking yourself the uncomfortable questions, or if they're not so uncomfortable for you - start asking yourself why your answer is what it is. @Losangelesbucketlist came up with some questions to get you started:

  • What can you do to support POC in your community?

  • When were you taught about race and culture?

  • What are your local politicians’ policies on ending police brutality? 

  • How do you plan on helping the fight to end racial discrimination and system oppression?

  • How can  you use anti-racist knowledge to change and progress conversations with friends, family, colleagues, and peers? 

  • How can you be actively anti-racist instead of simply “not racist”?

  • What do you want to learn more about?


DONATE

If you are financially able, please consider donating to the following funds:

Minnesota Freedom Fund

"The Minnesota Freedom Fund pays criminal bail and immigration bond for those who cannot afford to as we seek to end discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive jailing."


Black Visions Collective

"Black Visions Collective (BLVC) believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems."


Brooklyn Bail Fund

"Brooklyn Community Bail Fund is committed to challenging the racism, inequality, and injustice of a criminal legal system and immigration and deportation regime that disproportionately target and harm low-income communities of color."


Black Lives Matter Movement

"Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives."


The Official George Floyd Memorial Fund

"...This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George."


Campaign Zero

"We can live in a world where the police don't kill people by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability."


SUPPORT BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES

One of the many fashion bloggers I follow on Instagram challenged her followers to look around their home and try to identify the items inside that came from black owned businesses. I know that I immediately felt guilty. The Mad Mommy blog created a list of over 200+ (and it's still growing) black-owned etsy shops and categorized them all! Check it out here


Official Black Wallstreet allows you to plug in your location nd find black-owned businesses near you/will ship to your home, and they even have an app!



Here are some of my personal favorites that I've found this week:



On a Bad Day Candle Company

"Our candles consist of all natural soy waxand 100% therapeutic grade essential oils. They are hand poured and have lead and zinc free cotton wicks."


Honey Pot

"Natural feminine care — from my kitchen to your hands. If you're here because your honeypot is unhappy, I've been there. The whole reason I started The Honey Pot Co was because I was suffering from bacterial vaginosis for months and couldn't get relief. One night, an ancestor visited me in a dream and gifted me with a vision to heal myself. With her help, I created the Honey Pot Co to solve for what other brands wouldn't, using the power of herbs."


WAYS TO TAKE ACTION

  • Register to vote!!!!

  • Check in on your black friends, family, partners, and colleagues (make sure you're listening more than you're talking)

  • Educate yourself

  • Read what it means to be anti-racist

  • Screenshot, share, and repost resources to help educate others

  • Don't center the narrative around you

  • Stop supporting organizations that promote hate

  • Continue being an ally, donating, etc. after the outrage ends

  • Sign petitions

Petitions that you can sign right now:

Justice for George Floyd 

Justice for Breonna Taylor 

Justice for Ahmaud Arbery

Hands Up Act


Maasai Godwin even created a link that will take you to a pre-written email template you can then send to officials. Just plug in your name, city and state:

Check it Out Here


HOW TO DONATE TO BLM WHEN YOU HAVE NO MONEY

"A woman named Zoe Amira posted a video on youtube. This video is an hour long and filled with art and music from black creators. It has a ton of ads, and in result will rack up a ton of revenue. 100% of the ad revenue from the video will be dispersed between various blm organizations, including bail out funds for protesters. It will be split between the following, dependent on necessity": 

  • Brooklyn bail fund 

  • Minnesota freedom fund 

  • Atlanta action network 

  • Columbus freedom fund 

  • Chicago bond 

  • Black visions collective 

  • Richmond community bail fund 

  • The bail project inc 

  • NW com bail fund 

  • Philadelphia bail fund 

  • The korchinski-parquet family go fund me 

  • George floyd’s family go fund me 

  • Blacklivesmatter.com 

  • Reclaim the block 

  • Aclu 

**Turn off your ad blocker and put the video on repeat. Do not skip ads. Let it play on loop whether you’re listening to it or not. Mute the tab if you need to focus elsewhere but let it play.**


OTHER MEANS OF EDUCATION

“White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo

“Native Son” by Richard Wright

“The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander

"A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn

"Stamped from the Beginning" by Ibram X. Kendi

"So you want to talk about race" by Ijeoma Oluo

"The Burning House" by Anders Walker

"The Condemnation of Blackness" by Khalil Muhammad

"How to be an antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi


SHHHH

Also let's talk about how you should absolutely be doing things that no one will see.

"Challenge yourself to do things quietly, like changing the things you buy, giving your platform to a BIPOC, or educating yourself on the history of racism without telling everyone about how educated you now are. That way, you know you’re really down for the cause — and not the cause of looking like a woke person." (2020) forge.medium.com

AN EXCUSE IS DEFINED AS A "RELEASE FROM REQUIREMENT". YOU GUYS. WE MUST SPEAK UP, EDUCATE OURSELVES, AND MAKE THE NECESSARY CHANGES IN OUR OWN LIVES TO HELP CAUSE CHANGE IN THE WORLD.


THE TIME IS NOW. NOT TOMORROW. NOT NEXT WEEK. NOT WHEN YOUR FOLLOWING IS MORE "UNDERSTANDING."


NOW.


Resources: Minnesota Freedom Fund

Black Visions Collective

Brooklyn Bail Fund

Black Lives Matter

Go Fund Me

Campaign Zero

The Mad Mommy Blog

LA Bucket List

Official Black Wallstreet

On a Bad Day Candle Co.

Honey Pot

Maasai Godwin

Hayley Dare

Zoe Amira

Fashion Magazine

Forge by Medium