George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed on May 25, 2020 at the hands of a white police officer. His death has rightfully sparked worldwide outrage, leaving many wondering “what can I do?”.
As a white woman, I am not an expert on the topic. I have never experienced judgement based on the color of my skin, however, you better believe I can use my voice to advocate for those who have. Since Floyd was killed, I have had Martin Niemoller’s poem constantly playing through my mind…
I do not fear for my life the same way a POC does, which is exactly why it is my duty to speak up. It is yours, as well. If you are wondering what you too can do to help the BIPOC community not only in times of need but always, I have compiled some ideas for you below.
Take time to listen to BIPOC in your community. Listen to their lived experiences. Connect to their emotions. Hold space for conversation. The conversation is the elephant in the room (and needs to be had), so don’t ignore it.
- Educate yourself.
Read books that help you challenge your beliefs + societal beliefs, such as “How to be an Anti-Racist”, a NY Times Best Seller by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi.
Watch movies that do the same. Highly recommend “The Hate U Give” and “If Beale Street Could Talk”.
- Use your Voice.
We are all born with certain privileges. For me, I have the privilege of having white skin. Identify what your privileges are and use them to help support those who might not have the same privileges. It is no secret that police brutality towards BIPOC is a major issue right now. As a white person, I can stand up when BIPOC are targeted unjustly when I am around. I can advocate for them to the best of my ability. Identify what privileges YOU have and how you can use them to help BIPOC in your community.
Find organizations that fight racism and police brutality, such as the NAACP and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Support them financially in any ways that you can!
These are just a few things you can do but it shouldn’t stop there. We are all human beings and need to come together to lift up one another.
So if there is something you don’t see on this list, go ahead and drop it in the comments!
Let’s all commit to doing our part to ensure that a day comes immediately that police brutality ends for BIPOC!