The peaceful protests might be slowing down but Black lives still matter. The most recent example circling the news of police brutality, Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old black man who died after being detained while walking down the street in Aurora, Colorado in 2019 is heart-sickening and devastating. Prior to the death of George Floyd, who was killed after police pinned him to the ground. It is impossible to ignore this brutality if you’re a human being.
For people of color, equality is not the same. No person should fear the threat of being shot, arrested, or killed. As a white privileged person I stand in solidarity and show my continued support to fight for inclusion, bigotry and oppression. However, we at Gamma Living needed to do more to show our support. So we teamed up with Blue Eyes Productions and got a group of white people who stand in solidarity for BLM to speak up and fight for the equality of Black lives, and encourage others to do the same. You can peacefully protest in many ways that are not disruptive. We have been educating ourselves by asking our Black friends difficult questions and making changes.
What It Means To Have White Privilege and How You Can Help End Racism
If you’re white, that means being aware of the privilege that you’re born into. Understanding the opportunity to freely walk around. It means educating your family, children, friends and those people you surround yourself with who have white privileges and do not understand what white privilege means. By helping them understand white privilege explain to them it does not mean they have never endured struggles: it means Black people are being murdered by police in public––on the streets. It is not about promoting all lives matter, it is about protecting the Black race who cannot freely walk on the street without getting stares form police, or ask for help. We know all lives matter but this civil rights moment is not about all lives matter, it is about Black lives. Until police stop murdering Black lives, and other races stop dismissing it, this fight is for Black Lives Matter.
The conversations we need to be having with our family and friends is about police brutality not any other type of violence. Not “black people are more violent.” Any other form of violence is irrelevant. Crime related violence happens everyday and this does not adhere to any racial boundaries.
As we continue to listen and educate ourselves we are finding other ways to meaningfully show up: speaking up for what you believe in, peacefully protesting, donating, educating yourself, and supporting Black friends, neighbors, and businesses is just the start.
It’s up to us to demand change and end racism. The peaceful protests only work if we ALL learn and we ALL listen. Take the time to understand, ask questions, listen and educate yourself and others.
For More Ways You Can Get Involved
POLITICAL AND LEGAL ACTION:
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund: America’s foremost legal organization on the front lines of the fight for racial justice.
Black Visions Collective: political organization seeking to secure liberation, justice, and safety for Black communities in Minnesota.
EJI: works to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality.
The Committee to Protect Journalists: acts in protection of press freedom and safety. Right now, CPJ is speaking out to local and state governments as well as the president, asking them to condemn police who are targeting journalists during protests.
POLICE FUNDING AND ACCOUNTABILITY:
The Black Lives Matter Global Network fights for racial liberation and justice. They are calling to reappropriate funds from police departments to institutions that support safety and well-being for Black communities.
The National Police Accountability Project, a nonprofit project of the National Lawyers Guild, works to protect human and civil rights in people’s experiences with law enforcement and put an end to police brutality.
The Movement for Black Lives mobilizes, organizes, and amplifies political work for the equity and liberation of marginalized Black people.
DONATE AND VOLUNTEER:
- Black Lives Matter
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- Communities United Against Brutality
- Black Youth Project 100
- Color Of Change
- Know Your Rights Camp
- Campaign Zero
- Western States Center