Allyship 101: Standing together and Protecting your Black Neighbors

CREDIT GOES TO PROTESTOR WHO MADE THIS — IF YOU MADE THIS PLZ LMK

Immediate Actions to Support Protestors

1. Help Fund Protestors

2. Sign petitions to Support Black Lives Matter

3. Support family-owned businesses that serve black communities

Social Media Activism

1. Share powerful positive images of these protests

Protesters take a knee during downtown Dallas demonstrations. (Vernon Bryant / Staff Photographer from Dallas News)
“People block traffic as they lie face downward on the street in an intersection in Tacoma, Wash., for 8 minutes and 46 seconds during a protest Monday, June 1, 2020, against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)” Grabbed Photo from BTA News
Outside the Whitehouse
March in Urbana, IL by Paul Benson

2. PLEASE STOP SHARING THE IMAGES OF BLACK PEOPLE GETTING MURDERED WITHOUT SENSITIVE WARNINGS. Here’s Why:

Examples of how to highlight events/honor victims

  1. This can be done as easy as adding the words TW (Trigger Warning) or CW (Content Warning) at the top of your post. This practice gives your audience a chance to mentally prepare for what they are about to see.
  2. Another Example:
Right Image: a filter you can use on your Instagram, facebook — Left: Beautiful moral created by Shirien Damra (@shirien.creates)

3. Practice Radical Kindness!

  1. This is a less anguishing way of engaging in online conversations as threads have been extra heated. See a comment that you support? Drop a like or compliment the point of view of that person. This helps them feel seen. Engaging in these forums does not have to be stressful. It is important to recognize those who put in the emotional labor to educate folks about the plight of black folk.

Day to Day actions to protect your fellow black Americans

1. DO NOT CALL THE POLICE unless it is a life or death situation. Why? Quoting this article by Michelle Kim because it is a great summation of this point

  • “You may need to ruminate on this one, especially if your first reaction is “but they keep us safe!” “who do we call instead?” There is a ton of research on why the police doesn’t actually keep us safe. Read this article and check out this resource mapping out police violence.”( Article by Michelle Kim )
  • Recognize that involving the police can potentially result in another black death — no matter how innocent you make think it is.

2. If you see a black person being pulled over, or having an altercation with the police — GET INVOLVED

  1. State your presence and let the officers know you are recording their engagement with the civilian
  2. If it is safe to do so, be physically present during the engagement (*I do not recommend this if you are not white/white-passing)

3. EDUCATE YOURSELF

  • Learn more about the criminal justice system in relation to communities of color. You can do this by checking out films/educational breakdowns by Ava Duverney and also Hasan Minhaj’s deep dive into the policing system in America.
  • Here’s an extensive list of resources on how to continue to educate yourself beyond this present moment. I know the title may seem accusatory but it is genuinely a great culmination of resources to constantly keep you informed and your peers.

4. Talk to your peers

  • Check-in on your black friends
  • Engage your non-black peers

5. TAKE ACTION

  • Participate in local elections — we have the power to elect judges, DA’s, prosecutors, mayors, etc. … you want to change the system GO DO IT
  • Fill out the 2020 Census. Especially for black and brown folks as doing so directly shows the government the numbers needed to consider when they try to provide for our communities.
  • Invest in Small Minority-Owned Business ( Check out this link for starters https://shoppeblack.us/ )
  • Consume media and entertainment that are made by and features black voices
  • For non-black POC: join an affinity group for your culture and create spaces to discuss how your community can stand up for black lives.

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A recent grad from Univerity of Illinois, Jewel Ifeguni is driving inclusion in media through her startup, YouMatter Studios, as well as her tech career.

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A recent grad from Univerity of Illinois, Jewel Ifeguni is driving inclusion in media through her startup, YouMatter Studios, as well as her tech career.

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