#BlackLivesMatter

On the day that should have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday, we mourn and demand justice for the murder of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor. Black Lives Matter and change is needed in our online and IRL communities.

Uplift combats sexual violence in online communities which disproportionately affects Black community members.1 in 4 Black women will be sexually abused before the age of 18. 35% of Black women experienced some form of sexual violence during their lifetimes. For every Black woman who reports rape, at least 15 Black women do not report. Black male survivors face additional stigma and fear of reporting.

Black women in America have long led the anti-sexual violence movement, whether that’s Tarana Burke starting the #MeToo movement in 2006 or Black women leading campaigns against sexual violence and the sexual exploitation of Black slaves in the 1800s. False accusations against Black men have led to lynchings and disproportionately higher death penalties throughout our country’s history.

Things are no better in online and fandom communities. Black women are 84% more likely than white women to be mentioned in abusive or problematic tweets on Twitter. Black creators and fans are often underrepresented in convention programming and conventions are often unsafe for Black fans.

We have not done enough to speak out against racism in convention, fandom, and online communities. We need to do more to advocate for safe, inclusive, and anti-racist communities and center Black creators.

We want to raise up the below racial justice organizations who do extraordinary, front-line work. Joining together to support our Black community members is the only way real change will happen. Let’s commit to change together, even — and especially — when it’s hard.

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