Illustration by @ohhappydani
What a fucking year it’s been and we’re only half way through it. Between Covid and fucking murder hornets it feels like the world is ablaze. With the state of the world, I can’t say I disagree. We might actually be better off burning it all down and starting over.
Racism has always existed, it’s just being publicized on a larger scale now. Social media has helped spread causes and slacktivism is alive and well. Between chain IG stories that don’t link to any resources, social media is seemingly a hot bed for performance activism.
I know that people process things differently and for myself I can’t watch violent videos or share viral screenshots. I don’t need to see a knee on George Floyd’s neck to know what happened to him was graphic, inappropriate and just plain evil. I also don’t repost those types of images because I don’t want to want to have someone trying to avoid those images to accidentally see them through my page.
Instead I want to share content that shows compassion and invokes sympathy and also provide resources as well. There is one viral infographic that says “ask your black friends how you can support them” which I don’t fully agree with. Yes, look towards them for some guidance but it’s not their job to educate you, put in the work and educate yourself. Be an ally always and not just when something is trending. Support black content creators, business owners and everyday folk.
It’s hard to proceed with “business as usual” because the world is fucked. I think these things do need addressing, acknowledgement and real change.
I would be lying to y’all if I said I was extremely disappointed by the lack of support I’ve seen by other content creators online and I have to remind myself that sometimes allyship is not always shared online. I will say that I do have a problem with all the white female content creators I have met IRL that use the Savage choreo on Tik Tok for view counts, use Drake lyrics in their IG captions, put braids in their hair that are not saying a fucking word right now. I take issue with the people who have no problem saying “yas queen” or “invited to the cookout” or worse of all, saying that a black woman is their “spirit animal” (an already SUPER problematic statement) that have fucking nothing to say now. The food bloggers that glorify soul food for the ‘gram but don’t want to support the people it comes from, despite the fact they claim their page is about supporting the community? Okay, just know that we see right through you, hope you enjoyed your free food because that’s clearly what you’re in it for.
Racism isn’t cute on anyone and it’s not a touchy topic if you’re not racist. If you’re worried about alienating your audience for showing your support, maybe it’s time to ask yourself what you did to build that audience demographic.
Below are some resources I found useful to me. I IMPLORE you to continue to do the work and educate yourself. When it comes to resharing, find black creators and share their work. At the beginning of COVID I pledged that all money I made through affiliate links until the end of May would go towards Red Cross COVID-19 efforts and I would like to do the same moving forward and pledge that all my affiliate dollars from June to the end of august will go towards various bail funds – in fact, because I have the capacity to do so I would like to double whatever I make the next few months through affiliate links.
Some resources/ways to donate:
- Ways to help (https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/)
- George Floyd Memorial Fund (https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd)
- Minnesota Freedom Fund (https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/donate)
- Black Lives Matters (https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019)
If you prefer visual graphics:
- 10 Steps To Non-Optical Allyship by Mireille Charper
- Fund Racial Justice: Where to Donate by Ella Mosco
- The Four Stages of Becoming Antiracist by Where Change Started
- A Guide to White Privilege by Courtney Ahn Design
- So You Want to Talk About White Fragility by so you want to talk about…
If you prefer books:
- 33 Books Featuring Black Heroes and Characters That Every Kid Should Read from the Every Mom.
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.
- How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi.
- When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele.
If you want to watch some shows and documentaries (Netflix, however at this time a lot of these videos are available for free on YouTube):
If you prefer YouTube videos: