BLACK LIVES MATTER
In order to say that Black Lives Matter, we have to understand why we need to say it. Why we need to be specific when we say that Black Lives Matter.
As a white man, I do not say it enough.
As a white man, I do not think about this enough.
As a white man, it is my duty to say it more.
As a white man, it is my duty to think about this more.
Many people think that the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have been the spark of a race war. That the protests and the energy behind and beside Black Lives Matter is because of their murders at the hands of police officers.
The quickest answer to that is, it's not. The race war bas been running strong for years, and right now it is only being magnified. Especially to white people, like me.
Realizing that I, as a white man, contribute to the war against black people is incredibly important. The biases I hold, conscious or subsconscious, are important to investigate.
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BLACK Voices Matter
As a white person, I have to start with listening. I have to start with listening to black voices.
Those conversations can be real, they can be raw, they can be uncomfortable looking at things I might not have ever thought about before.
I might have to look at an unconscious bias I carry, or things that I have been ignorant to regarding black people and their voices.
It is necessary though. There has been so much kept out of the history books and the education that need to be understood and heard.
That is why I sat down to talk with Actress Lorren Cotton in Episode 75. Lorren is a long time friend of mine, and a black women.
Covering topics like her own experiences with racism as a black woman, her own views of how black people have been effected in all aspects of their lives. Through education, through representation, in the entertainment field, the judicial system and policing.
Take a listen.
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Learn more about Black Lives Matter
"#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives."
A great place to start or continue awareness around black voices is the "What Matters" documentary.
"What Matters" combines documentary narrative with interviews.
"WHAT MATTERS" Documentary
Support Black Businesses
Another great way to support Black people and African Americans is to help black-owned businesses.
Finimpact empowers small businesses to access the best funding for their businesses.
In this article they outline the implications and give incredible suggestions on how each of us can help Black-owned businesses out in this current situation but as we move forward.