Black Lives Matter is a movement, not a moment. So even when things die down, we must continue pressing forward.
We at @blackcreatehers are sharing some ways to stay involved and continue moving the needle in the back community. We have to lead by example and be the change we want to see, so we’ve compiled a list of resources that have helped us during this time of social unrest. Please be kind enough to share this with a friend.
Stay Abreast of 2020 Elections
2020 Primary Election Results– Please stay in the know of what is going on with the 2020 elections. Here are the live results of the 2020 Primary Elections. Pay attention to your local elections and make sure you are prepared to vote in the 2020 Presidential Election. Check your voting status here.
Support Black Owned Businesses
Here is a List of Black Owned Businesses– According to a TEDx Talk by Maggie Anderson, she explains “a dollar circulates in Asian communities for up to 28 days, in Jewish communities for nearly 20 days, in white communities for 17 days and in Hispanic communities for 7 days. Yet in the Black community, a dollar circulates for only 6 hours”. How is that possible? We have to do our parts to circulate the black dollar in our community.
Educate Your Children
Anti-Racist Books for Kids– Someone once said to me, “I had a black friend in college, I promise I’m not racist.” Another said “I have a black child, how can I be racist?” The “I have a black friend / I have a black spouse / I have a black child / I have a black dog (etc) so I’m not racist” narrative is so untrue. ‘In a racist society, it’s not enough to be non-racist—we must be ANTI-RACIST.’
Dear White Moms: An Open Letter about Children & Racism– The truth of the matter is that racism is learned behavior. Have you ever seen how a group of children just play and love on one another? That’s because all they know is love; racist individuals are children who became tainted along the way.
Talking to Children About Social Injustice issues– As I am sure you know children often surprise us, at least mine do, with their level of knowledge on a particular subject and I can guarantee you this conversation will be no different. Studies have shown that children in preschool are keenly aware of racial injustices. What this means for us as parents is having a stopping point for these types of conversations will be needed. Having an idea of how much information you are comfortable sharing with your children will help you better navigate the discussion.
Find Your Role in Social Change
Find Your Role in Social Change– The “trend” of supporting black will die down and adjusting to the algorithm will be a new challenge to beat. I encourage you to BE PART OF THE CHANGE, NOT PART OF THE TREND. Don’t stop your support. Don’t stop learning and teaching your children to be anti-racist in an environment where racism comes all too easy.
Pulse Detected-Away with Knees on our Neck– A gut wrenching poem about the African American experience, along with a list of resources to continue to support #BLM
I have been #RunningWithMaud for the past two months and have started a run club of black runners that continue to run for the cause. If you’d like to join the run challenge, please reach out to me on Instagram and I’ll get you added.
Challenge Brands to be Diverse & Inclusive
Pull Up or Shut Up– if you are a beauty influencer, then you want to check this out. This campaign challenges brands to tell consumers how many Black people they have employed in corporate and leadership roles. If they want access to your Black audience, then they need to show and prove that diversity is important to them.
We hope that these blog posts were helpful and you will be moved to share this with a friend. change starts with us and with the necessary knowledge, we are equipped to handle anything.
Black Lives Matter- yesterday, tomorrow, and forever.