Review

Black Lives Matter: What I’m Doing and What You Can Do

If you aren’t alarmed, upset, or angry by what’s going on in the world right now, you’re not paying attention.

We all need to do our part right now. Here is the website that I used to donate, to sign petitions, and to educate myself.

I didn’t plan on making a blog post about this. I haven’t posted anything on social media. To me, it felt wrong for me to post a story or a feed post with a hashtag. And if you’re feeling the same, you’re not alone. So instead of doing the work online, do the work offline! Just make sure that you’re doing something.

By no means is this list exhaustive because I still have a long way to go in terms of beginning to understand Black history and the Black experience. But here are a list of books that I found very useful in starting on that journey:

  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

If you’re looking for a more comprehensive list of anti-racism books, please check out this list that was put together by Jane Mount of Ideal Bookshelf.

And if you aren’t in the mood for reading, here are a list of documentaries on Netflix that you can watch to educate yourself:

  • Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap
  • Time: The Kalief Browder Story
  • When They See Us
  • 13th
  • Who Killed Malcolm X?

*Credit goes to @unity.celeste on Instagram

Take this time to amplify Black voices, educate yourself, and really think about what you can do to help.

And also pay attention to what companies and influencers are doing during this time. Are they just reposting things to look good? Are they engaging in performative allyship? We look to these people because they have a platform. They have an audience of millions and what they choose to do with that speaks volumes.

In your own life, take a look at the people you surround yourself with. What are they doing during this time? It can feel exhausting and overwhelming, but just think about how tired BIPOC are when they have to fight against systemic racism every day.

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