I’d say America is in shambles, but because of the prominent racism and injustice that has been happening for centuries, America has never been together. I’m saddened by the way the black community is constantly treated by people in power and by America in general. We’re supposedly the land of the free yet black people are getting murdered for living their daily lives. As a teacher in a school that is mostly black, I’ve had students, when events like the ones happening now have occurred in the past, tell me they’re scared they’re going to leave their house one day and not return, all because of their skin color. The one thing about themselves that they had no choice over. There is NO excuse for what is happening in this country. For people to be murdered because of the color of their skin is sickening. We have to come together and use our voices; use our voices to show love and support for those whose voices are constantly silenced.
We can show support in many ways like protesting and speaking up, donating to the causes, supporting local black owned businesses, signing petitions, and supporting black authors and artists. Being a book blogger, I’m going to start by sharing some books by black authors that you should explore and think about reading! I’m also going to include links to different petitions and fundraisers in case you are moved to help in those ways. Look at the non-fiction book options to educate yourself, even if it means just getting some idea of what the black community is experiencing. Whether you add them to your TBR or purchase them, any support counts!
Non-Fiction by Black Authors
Fiction by Black Authors
Children’s Books by Black Authors
Books to Educate Yourself Further
Other Things to Check!
- Anela Malik’s Blog: Click the link to find a list of Black owned restaurants in DC to support.
- Children’s books that can help discuss race and the issues our country is facing.
- Locate black owned businesses to support near you!
- What you can do to help as a non-black person.
- A master thread of petitions/donation sites/etc.
Ways to Donate
- George Floyd Memorial Fund
- Donate to Black Lives Matter
- Campaign Zero
- Reclaim the Block
- Communities United Against Police Brutality
- NAACP Legal Defence Fund
- Black Visions Collective
Petitions to Sign
- Justice for George Floyd
- Justice for Emerald Black
- Justice for Ahmuad Arbery
- Charge the Minneapolis Officers
- Justice for Breonna
This is only a very, very small fraction of the ways to involve yourself that are out there! Educate. Research. Listen.
Black Lives Matter. Black Culture Matters. Black Families Matter. Black Businesses Matter. Black Matters. Until this is seen by everyone, all lives cannot and will not matter.