Maybe in these past few weeks you have joined a protest or maybe you have been having informative discussions with people in your life, the main question is what you can do when Black Lives Matter stops trending?
Here is a limited list of things you can do to keep supporting the movement:
Self-educate: Everyone learns and understands things in different ways. It is important to understand the history behind these protests and the current situation in order to fight for it.
Read books: There is a long list of books that will provide you with an understanding with regards to historical events while discussing topics that range from racism, privilege and oppression to name a few.
I am in the process of reading Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. My historical knowledge and understand has grown exponentially a few chapters in.
Podcasts, films and documentaries: There are dozens of films, TV series and podcasts that will allow you to understand the issue and help you learn how to be an ally and to support the movement.
13th, on Netflix, explores racial inequality in the United States and it focuses on prisons.
Donate to organisations: Donations, regardless of their size, are helpful. They can help fund programs, fight legal issues and support the organisation overall. It helps the organisation run smoothly.
You can directly donate to the Black Lives Matter movement to support their ongoing work.
Sign petitions: This allows you to become actively involved in changing things. It takes 30 seconds to sign a petition. By sharing those petitions, you can be involved in passing the message on.
Join a protest: Countless protests have and still are occurring around the world. If it is safe for you to do so, join one to show your support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Keep having difficult discussions with people in your life. Reflect on yourself and understand where you are going wrong. Learn and keep educating yourself. Get involved on social media. And most importantly, always remember that all lives cannot matter until Black Lives Matter.
Listen to this clip from Lekhika Chaudhary's radio show about this subject.
Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.
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