BY CATHY KENDERSKI
Disclaimer: The author of this post is a non-Black individual who shares her reflections following her attendance of a Black Lives Matter protest and listening to speakers and activists there.
What does it mean to be an effective ally? Following the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black men and women, outrage has erupted nationwide. In a touching demonstration of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement, Lafayette, CA banded together in early June to call for sweeping reform of our police force. Characterized by poignant speeches, chants, and most importantly, listening to and amplifying Black voices, the demonstration illustrated the need for non-Black allies that are actively anti-racist in their day to day lives.
COMPILED BY ANSHIKA AGARWAL, MICHAEL MA & APRIL MAO
"The time is always right to do what is right" — Martin Luther King Jr.
Following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black Americans at the hands of a broken system, the United States has been overrun with protests and loudening cries for justice. The powerful Black Lives Matter movement has also had ripple effects across the globe. However, discussions about systemic racism and prejudice are not limited to such times of unrest—these are serious conversations that must be ongoing in order for us to realize change.
This blog post includes a comprehensive (and growing!) list of resources to help educate about modern racism as well as ways to be an active ally of the Black Lives Matter movement. Sharing a black square tagged #blackouttuesday or continuing a #blacklivesmatter chain on social media may be a quick way to show your support, but meaningful action is needed to bolster this movement. We encourage everyone to reflect on their privileges and how they are affected by various power structures imposed by society, because change starts at home.