How can white people stand up for Black Lives, while allowing Black Hands to hold the microphone? Click here to read The Root‘s ’12 Ways to Be a White Ally to Black People.’ Here are our five favorite:
- Reject the “He was a good kid” or “He was a criminal” narrative and lift up the “Black lives matter” narrative. His death is tragic because he was a human being and his life mattered.
- Diversify your media. Be intentional about looking for and paying close attention to diverse voices of color on television, on radio, online and in print to help shape your awareness, understanding and thinking about political, economic and social issues.
- If you are a person of faith, look to your Scriptures or other holy texts for guidance. Ask your clergyperson to address anti-racism in sermons and teachings.
- Don’t be afraid to be unpopular. If you start calling out all the racism you witness, some people might not want to hang out with you as much.
- Don’t give up. Change starts with the individual.