7 Ways To Be A Better Ally From Someone Who’s Also Learning To Be A Better Ally

Hi readers! It’s Clover’s Editor Moira, here. I wanted to make sure the first piece of content we wrote after our #BlackOutTuesday post on our Social Media amplified melanated voices and helped the #BlackLivesMatter cause, instead of detract from it. This is a global opportunity for everyone, including us at Clover, to educate ourselves, to call people out (racist family members and friends included), and to speak up and pay up against injustice no matter how small. Every bit of change counts, monetarily and figuratively.

I know it can be really scary and uncomfortable to crack open parts of society and even maybe parts of ourselves (and family members), we may never have had to look into before. But think about it, as scary and uncomfortable as that is, that in and of itself is a privilege. If you’re learning about racism now instead of having learned it through lived experience your entire life, that’s privilege. I’m privileged.

And it’s okay to not know where to start. That’s why I decided to share what I’ve learned on my own personal journey.

1. Let’s listen and #AmplifyMelanatedVoices

Look for Black content creators who are speaking out against the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others. Tons of them are doing an enormous amount of (unpaid) emotional labor to continue educating everyone around them. Find those content creators and follow them. Here are some Instagram accounts to get you started.

  1. Ava DuVernay: @ava
  2. Rachel Cargle: @rachel.cargle
  3. Yara Shahidi: @yarashahidi
  4. Austin Channing: @austinchanning

Also, being more aware about being purposely inclusive and diverse with the accounts you follow is important. Find and follow Black content creators. From these accounts, find other accounts and see who truly resonates with you! Here are some accounts to start:

  1. WeezyWTF: @weezywtf (not only is she a hilarious sex educator and an incredible resource but she just raised 10K in less than 24 hours with the help of her Instagram followers!)
  2. Chrissy RutherFord: @chrissyford
  3. Ryan Hinkson: @eatfamous

2. Share their content and educate others!

If and when you feel comfortable to do so, share that content far and wide. The more people see it, the better!

3. Donate!

If you can donate money, here are some good places to think about donating. Their sites explain exactly where your money will be going.

  1. Black Lives Matter
  2. Campaign Zero
  3. Unicorn Riot
  4. George Floyd Memorial Fund

4. Can’t donate? Watch this YouTube video and let YouTube donate for you

The art and music in this video is all made by Black creators and all of the ad revenue will be dispersed between various organizations.

5. Call out racist family members and friends.

If you feel safe enough to do so, we should educate our family members and friends. If we start within our own circles, that’s how you get shit done! And yes, call out your friends that say the N-word even if “it’s part of a song”.

6. Find literature on the subject

Here are some books to help explain what’s really needed from allies to be actively anti-racist instead of just passively not racist.

  1. So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  2. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  3. How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

7. Support Black businesses and content creators!

Actively search out for local Black businesses and content creators and pay them for their labor.

Click here for a list!

Hopefully this helps a lot of people struggling not to know how to be a good ally right now. It’s hard to know exactly what to do and how to use your privilege for good. But listen, that’s all it takes to start. And this is just the tip of how to help; just to get us started.

How have you been educating yourself? Let us know in the comments.

If you’re media and want to reach our Editor, Moira Ghazal, you can email her at mghazal @ clover .co

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