Contributing to Black Lives Matter Without Protesting

Tuesday, June 16

By Andrea Nolen

Many of us want to be out protesting for the Black Lives Matter movement, but we simply can't due to medical concerns, our parents not letting us go, etc. Fortunately, there are ways to help without having to be physically present during the protests.

Donating to charities that support the protesters or help the victims of police brutality and white supremacy is one way that you can support the movement. By doing some simple research on Google, you can find a cause that you're passionate about. Some good ones would be the GoFundMe's of some of the victims, The Bail Project - which aids in bail funds for the innocent protestors who have been arrested - or simply signing petitions if you don't have enough money to donate. After you sign the petitions, make sure to share them on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, or any other social media platform you use. It doesn't matter if you have two followers or two million followers. There's always a chance the right people will come across your post and sign the petitions for themselves!

Another way you can help support the movement is by educating yourself and others. Post about what ACAB means, why we say Black Lives Matter instead of All Lives Matter, or how black neighborhoods are over-policed. Share videos and tweets that educate not only yourself but others. You're doing a service to the Black community by not only making sure you aren't ignorant during a time like this, but also making sure the people around you aren't either. This doesn't mean you should just hold up these values now because it's a hot topic. You should always educate people because black lives will always matter. Not just when people are talking about it. Debate the people in your lives who are spreading false information and try to convince them that BLACK LIVES MATTER. Because all lives can't matter until black ones do.

Last but certainly not least, support Black businesses. Black communities need to feel love more than ever right now. We need to show our support by supporting local small businesses run by Black people. Buy their books, stream their music, and eat from their restaurants and bakeries. Do all that you can to support them. You can even donate to their pages. They, unfortunately, have to struggle more than whites do and one of the biggest things we can do for them is to try to lessen their struggles.

Now that you know what you can do, go out there and show some love. Donate, sign petitions, educate, support, etc. Remember the pain black parents have to go through when they bring their children into a world like this and try to make it easier for them. It's the least we can do.

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