Last week I shared what you could do to support the case of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter. I will never hop off the Black Lives Matter movement, and neither should you, and I truly hope the protests we’re attending, petitions we’re signing and donations we’re making are going to make a difference – we’ve seen that they have so far.
But the fight isn't over yet.
What can you do now?
Keep signing the petitions. Whether it’s to reopen a case, raise a degree or make changes to the education system so that racial slurs in books aren’t allowed to be read aloud and black history is taught in schools correctly.
It’s free to sign a petition and takes seconds, if that. There’s really no excuse for not doing this.
Can’t afford to make a donation? No judgement from me. But what you CAN do is have a click around on the ads on my blog – my ad revenue for June will be donated to Black Minds Matter UK alongside any income from sponsored posts and affiliate links. There are also YouTube videos doing the same thing, why not have these on a muted loop in the background while you’re on your computer?
Two blogger friends, the wonderful Eleanor and Emmanuela, and I have teamed up to host a raffle with all proceeds going to Black Lives Matter. There are some amazing prizes, all donated by small businesses and artists, from custom fashion pieces to beautiful jewellery to educational books regarding race to incredible artwork. We had SO many donations that there will actually be three winners, each one winning their own bundle of goodies.
I understand that given the current circumstances this isn’t easy to do. That said, if you are in a position to attend protests and you know you can be safe, sensible and socially distanced then I wholeheartedly encourage you to attend.
Keep having conversations
It’s often uncomfortable discussing racial issues. It seems such a taboo subject but discussing people’s human rights really is not a matter of opinion. Use your voice to educate and empower, no matter how tough the conversation is.
Keep sharing resources and using your online voice, too. If you’re not black, be sure to listen and amplify black voices rather than overpower them with your own, but use your voice when you need to speak out on these injustices.