Education

To move forward and improve, we must educate ourselves on our past and we must hear the thoughts of oppressed groups.

Books
Movies
Podcasts
TV Shows

Do Something

Systemic racism has hindered the life, growth and improvement of Black communities, and as part of our reparations, we must do what we can to right that wrong. Simple actions such as sharing posts about racism, refusing to support businesses that discriminate and use slave labor (search your favorite brands in the “Humane Shopping” section of our resource center), voting, and buying your children toys and books with representation of dark skinned heroes all help to make a difference. Here are some ways you can make sure you’re aiding the improvement of Black communities every day.

When you see a post on social media about Black folks experiencing racism, share it, and see if any links are attached for you to support even more.

Research reforming the police vs. reducing their funding. Understand that “reformation” has not worked in the past, and it will not work now.

Contact businesses and organizations where you witness racism, wether online or in person, and tell them how upset you are. Demand justice.

Buy educators and friends who have children educational toys that feature people of darker skin tones such as finger puppetsBlack History Flashcards, dolls, etc. for their classrooms and homes.

Show educators this video of Neil deGrasse Tyson speaking about his experience as a Black student. Do what you can to hire more Black educators.

Work on ensuring that more Black educators are hired, especially where Black children are being taught.

Check out HBCUs and work with your HR department at your place of business to recruit more Black people for higher income jobs.

Don’t buy from companies that use prison labor or aid white supremacy.

Open a bank account at a Black owned bank.

Join your local Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) group.

Research your local prosecutors. Prosecutors have the power to give fair sentences or racially motivated ones. See how many prosecutors in your area are black and influence a judge’s decision to set bail or not, etc. We need more fair-minded and Black prosecutors in this country.

Buy books, choose TV shows and movies, and toys for your family that show people from different races, religions, countries and that teach real American history.

Don’t be silent about that racist joke. Silence is support.

Seek out a diverse group of friends for you and your kids.

When people ask, “Why aren’t you talking about ‘Black-on-Black crime’?” and other myths about BLM, let Francesca Ramsey help you with those talking points.

Stop shopping at Amazon and Whole Foods.

They advertise-AKA fund- on white supremacist media.

If you have a close relationship with a young person of color, make sure they know that you stand with them and how much you love them. Love and affirm that child.

Write to your city or town government representative to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day like these cities did.

Credit Black men and women.

This includes but isn’t limited to:

Art, Quotes, Blogs, and Research

Talk to the white people you know who aren’t clearly upset by white supremacy. They need to know you see a problem. Call them out, and call them in.

Click Here to view the full list of 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

Anti-LGBT comments and jokes are harmful. Let your friends, family and co-workers know that you find them offensive.

Donate to the Equality Federation 

https://www.equalityfederation.org/

Donate to the National Center for Transgender Equality 

https://transequality.org/

Organizations

Nonprofits need every bit of help they can get to give us the information and resources our communities need. Donating time and skills are just as valuable as donating money to these organizations. Are you a copywriter? Offer 1 blog a month. Are you a graphic designer? Offer a t-shirt design or a logo design. Do you cook? Bring the staff and volunteers lunch at their events. Anything helps, even simply spreading the word. It costs nothing to share, follow and like a social post.

Sustainable Black Owned Businesses

Shop and support Black-owned businesses by utilizing their services and products. Below are a few of our favorite businesses, along with great sources to find more Black-owned businesses. If you’re not in the position to buy, we’ve also listed a few ways to help businesses without spending money.

Activists Worth Following

Boost your social feeds with Black activists that are making a difference.

Media

Get connected and gain perspective by seeing real people and their experiences. Just because something doesn’t directly impact your life, doesn’t mean that it does not exist. Listen to what people from the Black community have to say.