Things We Can Do To Help And Learn
This was supposed to be the point of Blackout Tuesday, not ruining an important Instagram hashtag
If you go to Instagram and click on the #blacklivesmatter hashtag, you will see a bunch of empty black squares. Those are from people who are trying to honor the Blackout Tuesday movement without quite understanding the plan.
The idea for white people — some are doing it until June 5 — is to amplify Black voices instead of promoting our own content. It’s a great idea, but too many people are using the #blacklivesmatter hashtag for the posts announcing their intention to take part. That means people using the hashtag to share important content are seeing their messages lost in a sea of black squares.
So, if you want to take part, use #muted, #blackouttuesday, or #shutupandlisten to demonstrate your willingness to share your platform without drowning out the people you’re trying to help.
On that note, here are some links:
- The official GoFundMe page for George Floyd’s family
- The official GoFundMe page for the mother of David McAtee, who was killed by law enforcement on June 1 in Louisville
- The official GoFundMe page for Ahmaud Arbery’s mother
- Black Visions Collective, a transformative-justice center in Minneapolis
- I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream: The Duty of the Black Writer During Times of American Unrest by Tochi Onyebuchi
- The American Nightmare by Ibram X. Kendi
- Justice for Breonna Taylor petition
- A list of 60 community bail funds and an explanation of how they work
- Free books explaining key aspects of the African-American experience
- A reading list of non-fiction from Black authors
- Find your member of the House of Representatives
- ActBlue donation page for organizations fighting racism and police brutality
- A comprehensive list of resources being updated as the situation unfolds.