Hello lovely readers,
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic I have been largely taking a break from this blog. I have some reviews saved up, but given the current climate of the United States I decided to use this as a platform to spread the message. Recently in the USA a black man name George Floyd was murdered in Minnesota by a police officer. George died after telling a police officer for several minutes that he couldn’t breath. I hope that everyone reading this post can agree that this was a gross misuse of police power and what’s worse is that this is not the first instance in this country where a black person has been murdered by police for no reason. This has got to stop. Now, I know a lot of people (myself included) have been really wondering the best way to help this movement for justice and reform. I have done some research and am familiar with some organizations that are doing the good work.
Below is some information on what you can do to help. Note that these are just a few resources that you can utilize and is far from all the resources and organizations out there. Please also know that while I and others post blogs, posts, or whatever else that it is simply not enough. We’ve tried that route and haven’t gotten very far. We need to mobilize in whatever ways our talents best allow. Please use your voice, your time, your money, etc. to be a source of positive and just change during this time. This is not the time to be complacent and this is not the time to be silent.
Organizations to Donate to
Below are a list of organizations that are ran by or run to support black people/communities. I will provide a brief summary of the organization, but I urge you to investigate on your own as well. This list is not just about supporting the current moment. This fight for justice and equality has been going on for years. It is also not just a list of legal organizations. While laws must change without a change in attitude those laws are not fairly enforced. This organizations contain legal organizations, education organizations, camps for kids, etc.
NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund: This is a nonprofit organization that works civil rights cases as well as providing scholarships for students to get an education.
Campaign Zero: Campaign zero is an organization that is focused on ending police violence through analyzing police practices, researching effective solutions to ending police violence, and creating model legislation .
Color of Change: color of change is an online organization with the mission to build political and cultural power for black communities.
Camp Kupugani: Multicultural Summer Camp. This is a black-owned summer camp for kids that is based in Illinois. This camp focuses on diversity and empowerment. They have a scholarship fund that supports getting more kids to camp. Their facebook page is also a great place to find great posts/articles.
Know Your Rights Camp: This camp is a traveling camp with the mission to empower black kids to know their right and through that empower them to become future leaders. They also have a legal fund that are supporting those that have been arrested while protesting.
Donorschoose.org: This organization doesn’t strictly support black students, but any classroom that is in a high poverty area. These are largely schools made up of black and brown students. This platform allows you to donate to a specific school and a specific goal such as getting new laptops or buying extra materials or supporting distance learning.
Support a Black Lives Matter or local organization near you!
HAVE NO MONEY???
Watch this Youtube video with ALL THE ADS. It is a video full of black creatives with all the money going to a variety of black-supporting organizations (list at beginning of video). After watching the first time make sure to watch 5 other videos and then go watch again. If you watch different videos your continuous watching of this video won’t count as spam.
Using your voice
As I mentioned, making posts and social media posts while nice is not enough, but you can use your writing skills in ways to help.
Write to your political leaders. Write to local, state, and federal level representatives. We will only win this battle if a black person can go anywhere without the fear for their lives.
It is your responsibility to be an informed person. Black people have been telling people there’s a problem for YEARS and YEARS. It’s not their responsibility! There is SO much information and educational resources out there that you really have no excuse to be uninformed at this point.
Zinn Education Project: This is a nonprofit educational resource that is free and meant to provide resources for middle and high school teachers. However, this is also a great resource to educate yourself if you’re looking for a particular time in history.
Teaching Tolerance: This is another resource that is meant for teachers that strives to provide an anti-bias, anti-racist curriculum, but could provide some food for your thought.
Now, this is a book blog focusing on diverse fantasy because I love fantasy books, but really if you love reading then I IMPLORE YOU please read diversely and encourage others to do the same. Now, this will hopefully support diverse voices, but this will also do something else. It will allow you to read black characters who are heroes, black characters you love and can relate to. It has the ability to change your mindset. Now, this will probably not change the mind of someone who is blatantly racist, but America has a problem with subtle racism too that can be just as damaging. Mainly through microaggressions.
“Microaggression is a term used for brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative prejudicial slights and insults toward any group, particularly culturally marginalized groups.”
Notice that microaggressions can be UNINTENTIONAL. Think of it as you’ve been raised to do, say, and act certain ways that are harmful to black people and you might not even realize it. It can be as simple as frowning every time you see a black person whether you realize you’re doing it or not.
The more we read and build relationships with black people the less likely (hopefully) those microaggressions will become.
I hope these resources give you at least a place to start. With this pandemic and the riots you may not feel safe to join the physical protest, but I hope you find ways in this post to lift your voice and your power for the respect, dignity, and freedom for our black community members. If you have any other resources that you feel are super important to share or you have a personal relationship with please let me know and I will be happy to add it to this post as soon as I can. Please note that I am a white woman and have no true understanding of fearing for my life every day simply because of the color of my skin. While I hope this post was helpful I urge you to listen to all the black voices currently crying out. They have the experience and they can share with you more than I could ever hope to.