Supporting Black Lives Matter: A Helpful Article
If you’ve been looking for a way to support Black Lives Matter and enact justice for George Floyd and the many other people of colour who have been victims of police brutality, read on.
We are not here to speak over people of colour in the AUB community; we are in support of amplifying their voices and making sure that they are heard. Here are a few ways we suggest you can do the same, wherever you are in the world.
There are lots of places that you could donate to help the community and cause.
George Floyd’s family have set up a GoFundMe page to support them with memorial and burial costs, as well as helping see them through this traumatic time.
You can donate to various bail funds to help pay bail for people who have been arrested whilst protesting police brutality. It will allow you to split your donation between a list of groups, or select more specific groups or individuals.
Black Visions Collective are a black, trans and queer-led organisation who focus on dismantling systems of oppression and violence and shifting the public narrative to bring about long-term change.
Campaign Zero utilises research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America.
Reclaim the Block is a grassroots organisation in Minneapolis focuses on meeting community needs.
There are a plethora of ways to further educate yourself on the issues at hand, and how you can turn knowledge into support.
- Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell
- How To Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad
PDFs of further reading are available to read through this Google folder.
Films and Documentaries
- Fruitvale Station (2013, dir. Ryan Coolger)
Biopic about the events leading up to the death of Oscar Grant, who was murdered by a BART police officer
- The Hard Stop (2015, dir. George Amponsah)
British documentary about the aftermath of the death of Mark Duggan, a young Black man who was killed by police in Tottenham
- 13th (2016, dir. Ava DuVernay)
Documentary exploring the connection between race and mass incarceration in the US
- I Am Not Your Negro (2016, dir. Raoul Peck)
Documentary based on James Baldwin's manuscript Remember This House, exploring the history of racism in the US
- Harriet (2019, dir. Kasi Lemmons)
Biopic about the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman and her involvement in the Underground Railroad
Yale University has an open course on African American History: From Emancipation to the Present.
Talk to your friends and family.
Family members and friends who aren’t as engaged with social media may not know what’s going on.
They could be misinformed, or they could be looking for information in places that don’t represent the facts truthfully. This could be giving them a skewed idea of the situation.
Include them in the discussion and open a door to addressing racism in their immediate surroundings. Give them the tools to become more critical of their own thoughts and behaviours.
Examine your own biases and actions and recognise where you have displayed racist behaviours.
There will be times you do or say the wrong thing. Own those times and apologise; work to make up for it and explore why it happened in the first place. Remember it in future.
Coming to terms with your own privilege isn’t fun or pretty. It will be emotional and necessary work.
Don’t make it all about you.
Check in with your friends, family, co-workers and colleagues who are people of colour.
This is a traumatic time for everyone in the community; ask how you might be able to support them.
You may find some useful resources below:
7 Virtual Mental Health Resources Supporting Black People Right Now
The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network: Free Services
Global Suicide Hotline Resources
Meditation App for People of Colour, by People of Colour
Human Rights Campaign - Being African American and LGBTQ: An Introduction
We will strive to update this article with more resources and recommendations as we find them, with a focus on promoting the voices of people of colour.
If you have any recommendations and suggestions, please get in touch with us.