The recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor have gained the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement a lot of traction and publicity. Students can have a major role in getting the justice that Floyd, Arbery, Taylor, as well as many other black Americans, deserve. OSV stands in solidarity with those who experience injustice across America and will continue to fight for their justice.
To help with the fight towards justice, we’ve compiled some ways that students can help with the Black Lives Matter movement. We will be updating this list and if you have any other resources, please share it with us through Instagram or by emailing email@example.com. However, this is not a comprehensive list, there are so many other ways to support the black community.
In addition, it is important to note that Google and the internet will be your best resource to research this difficult subject. Although asking your black friends for ways to support the movement may seem helpful, it can overwhelm them. It is not the black community's responsibility to teach non-blacks how to be anti racist, how to check white privilege, or how to support the BLM movement. Please respect their mental health and use this list, online resources, and search engines to do your own research.
1. CONTACT LOCAL AND STATE LEADERS TO DEMAND JUSTICE
This is one of the most tangible ways to make change, both locally and for those who have been directly impacted by injustices. This is a great way to support the movement if you can't donate or protest.
2. AMPLIFY BLACK VOICES
This is a movement created by Black people to fight for justice for Black people. If you are not black, take a step back before speaking out and make sure you do not speak out over Black Americans. Instead, amplify their voices by sharing their art, reading their books/poems, and listening to what they’re saying. This movement is not a time for you to prove your “wokeness”, it is a time to unite and fight against the injustices in America. If you are not black, this movement is not a time for you to lead on fighting for them. Take a step back and ensure that you are amplifying, supporting, and uplifting Black voices.
3. SHOW UP TO A PROTEST
If you are going out to protest, please stay safe. Please read the information below to maintain your safety and your fellow protesters’ safety.
4. SHOW SOLIDARITY ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media is a huge catalyst to the Black Lives Matter movement. Regardless of how many followers you have, your platform on social media matters. Some of your followers may only be exposed to this conversation through your account. Post and repost content that informs your followers, provides them with resources, and educates them on matters of white privilege, systemic racism, and police brutality. However, be careful with this one. Make sure your activism is more than just performative. Remember that posting on social media is only the first step to supporting this movement. If you choose to show your solidarity on social media, make sure you truly believe the content you are sharing.
5. SUPPORT BLACK CREATORS AND BUSINESSES
Supporting black-owned businesses and black creators, you’re directly and sustainably supporting the black community and those who have been disproportionately affected by police brutality and systemic racism. In addition, many of these businesses have been hit hard due to the coronavirus pandemic.
6. SIGN PETITIONS
If you have no money to donate, you can stream these youtube videos to donate. 100% of the AdSense from the videos go directly supporting the BLM movement. When watching/streaming these videos, make sure your ad blocker is off and you do not skip any ads.
Zoe Amira’s video features Black artists and creators
A playlist consisting of videos from creators who have promised that the AdSense revenue will be donated to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Organizations that advocate for the defunding of police, racial justice, and power to black communities.
Justice for those who were killed
Protest Bail Funds
Don’t know which cause to donate to?
8. EDUCATE YOURSELF
Activism does not just entail petitions, donations, and protests. In order to truly combat the injustices in America, we must educate ourselves to fight against ignorance. Especially as students, we should always strive to listen and learn to make the world a better place. These lists are not even close to comprehensive, there are so many great resources on the internet. Do your own research and find articles, Netflix series, documentaries, podcasts, books, etc. that interest you!
Websites & articles
Black Feminist Thought - Patricia Hill Collins
So You Want to Talk about Race - Ijeoma Oulo
In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.
The Color of Law - Richard Rothstein
In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America's cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation - that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies.
The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander
Women, Race, & Class - Angela Y. Davis
A powerful study of the women's liberation movement in the U.S., from abolitionist days to the present, that demonstrates how it has always been hampered by the racist and classist biases of its leaders.
Me and White Supremacy - Layla F. Saad
Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on black, indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.
Heavy: An American Memoir - Kiese Laymon
In this powerful and provocative memoir, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism - Robin Dianglo, PhD
Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Beloved - Toni Morrison
Beloved is a 1987 novel by the American writer Toni Morrison. Set after the American Civil War, it is inspired by the life of Margaret Garner, an African American who escaped slavery in Kentucky in late January 1856 by crossing the Ohio River to Ohio, a free state.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge
Examining everything from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, from whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race, Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge, and counter racism.
How to be an Antiracist - Ibran X. Kendi
In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.
Netflix Series/ Films
The Hate U Give
If Beale Street Could Talk (rated R)
The Black Power Mixtape
American Son (rated R)
See You Yesterday
Clemency (rated R)
Fruitvale Station (rated R)
I Am Not Your Negro
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali star in Green Book, a film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class, and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line.