I had a post about beauty products that was supposed to go up yesterday, but, with everything going on around us, it just doesn’t feel like the time to be discussing blush. So I didn’t post here &, like so many others, participated in Blackout Tuesday on Instagram. As I scrolled through Twitter, I I found links to articles on the protests & listing of black-owned businesses. I also found opinions both in support of & questioning the efficacy of Blackout Tuesday. I understand both the desire to take a stand & do something, & the feeling that posting a black box on social media isn’t really addressing the issues of racial inequality & police brutality. I want to be a better ally & a better advocate. Leslie Mac said that “Effective allyship… is rooted in the needs of those most affected.” While I cannot understand the injustices my BIPOC friends & colleagues go through, on Monday I said that we must educate ourselves on what actions we can take to stop the injustice that we are seeing before us. So, instead of spending time scrolling Instagram yesterday, I used that time to watch footage of protests across the country & the world, researched the many reasons behind the protests, & read up on how I can be a better ally. Below is a short list of some of the articles that I’ve read & some other blog posts with additional resources.
The anger behind the protests, explained in 4 charts by Sean Collins on Vox.
How to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality by Claire Lampen on The Cut.
A Blank Post Isn’t Enough: Here Are Useful Ways To Use Your Platform On Blackout Tuesday by Elly Belle on Refinery29.
The Influencers of Color You Need to Follow by Alicia on Alicia Tenise.
11 Black Creators and Businesses by Carly on Carly the Prepster.
3 Questions to Turn Allyship Into Action by Suruchi on Camille Styles.
What I Did On Blackout Tuesday by Jaycee on Damsel in Dior.
Black Women-Owned Brands You Can Support Today by Cathy on Poor Little It Girl.
My Personal Anti-Racist Reading List & Ok, Now What by Grace on The Stripe.
A Few Thoughts by Grace on The Stripe.
What I’m Doing Starting Today by Jess on Jess Ann Kirby.
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