Updated: Dec 8, 2020
During this time of unrest and realization of oppression to Black Americans a lot of people wonder how can I help the Black Community? How can I be an ally? Well below are FIVE ways you can help the Black Community:
Donate to a supporting agency
Register to vote and actually vote
Research and study
Support black owned businesses
And use your voice
Yes...I know...where is the travel content? Or where is the photography? Well the thing is...I am a Black American. And the one reason why I travel is to understand different cultures while sharing a piece of mine. I hope to expose other cultures that I am not what my country may portray me to be. So today I must come to you on how you can help the community I was born into and that I love despite what we endure.
DONATE TO A SUPPORTING AGENCY
There are a lot of agencies nationwide and locally individuals can donate to help the cause. Here are a few I recommend:
Atlanta Solidarity Fund (Atlanta, GA area)
This is NOT an all inclusive list of organizations you can donate and support to! There are plenty out there. Just be sure to research and ensure you are donating to the right cause!
REGISTER TO VOTE AND ACTUALLY VOTE
Using your right to vote is extremely important at the Federal, State and Local level. Each one of these governments impacts your life differently and therefore just showing up to vote for the President will not be fool proof. In local elections, you have issues on the ballot or you may elect a mayor that appoints members in the city which could make or break your life! And don't just vote for a particular party...understand the candidates and how they stand! Then VOTE!
Below are some resources around voting:
RESEARCH AND STUDY
Black people can talk to you all day about their different struggles in life and how we were raised to overcome those struggles. These are struggles someone outside of our race will never completely understand. But you can take time to research to be able to provide empathy and support as it is not our responsibility to teach you everything we know. We already have enough mental trauma to deal with instead of relaying our struggles to you. But since I am taking the time today, here is a few of a PLETHORA resources to start with:
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Written by Maya Angelou
Paris Noris: African Americans in the City of Light Written by Tyler Edward Stovall
When They See Us Directed by Ava DuVernay on Netflix
Ibram X. Kendi has a lot of resources about Antiracism
SUPPORT BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES
There are a lot of business owners with great talent in the Black Community. Here are a few of many businesses you can support and resources to find more:
The Bailey Wine Cellar - Atlanta, GA
Bettaspraydat - Atlanta, GA
Girls Going Global - Atlanta, GA
Kita the Explorer Photography - Atlanta, GA
Ms. Icey's Kitchen and Bar - Atlanta, GA
Negril Village - Atlanta, GA
Tags Boutique - Atlanta, GA
Trap Music Museum - Atlanta, GA
Zucot Gallery - Atlanta, GA
Adams Consulting and Services - Cleveland, OH
Take A Break Quick Catering - Cleveland, OH
Humble Flourish Brand - Dallas, TX
Nay's Tacos - Los Angeles, CA
beGirl World - Philadelphia, PA
Nomadness Travel Tribe - Virtual
More Black Owned Restaurants in Atlanta, GA
We Buy Black - Online Black Owned Business Resource
Learn more about how you can support a black owned business here!
USE YOUR VOICE
The most important thing you can do is to use your voice. It is never a time to sit down and be silent especially when you have the power to make a difference. Ways you can use your voice:
Write to or call your local representative
Post a video on Facebook or Instagram
Speak up when you see injustice happening in front of you
Attend a protest and support the community
This clearly isn't all the ways that you can support our community but this should give you a start! Go ahead and research these suggestions and choose which will work best for you. But regardless of what you decide please ALWAYS vote!
Thank you for your support and concern of the Black Community and feel free to leave me any questions down below.