2022 has just arrived and yes the first month seemed to fly by without proper notice... but I am not going to let that stop me from remembering to show support this February (... and honestly for the entire year... but yes this is a designated month to talk about the Black community and I shall do just that)!
As a note, in this post, I'm going to suggest brands and businesses that I have bought from as well as some that I too am challenging myself to support this month.
Okay.. lets get into these ways to show support for the Black community in February 2022.
This is a very well known way to support the Black community. There are other ways to show support that are mentioned later, but shopping Black still has a major impact for those who have stepped into entrepreneurship because it brings more money into the community. And we all know that it takes money to get things done. So, here are a few Black owned businesses to shop:
Find a local restaruant that is owned by a Black person. If there aren't any in your area dine at an establishment that's owned by a person of color. If you're in the D.C., Maryland, Virginia (DMV) area, here are a few places to visit.
There are several books written by people of color and if you've never read one, well I apologize that your life hasn't been sprinkled with diversity in the literary space, but I'm going to share a few books from different genres for you to read or work through.
If you watch movies, TV shows, Podcasts, YouTube channels or content from any creator on any platform, whether A-list or no list, you have an opportunity to support the Black community. Why? Because there are people of color who are interested in what you are interested in. They may be hard to find, but I believe they are there somewhere.
So, I challenge you to find something to watch that still fits within the genres you prefer and care about, but that have been made by a Black person. If you have no idea where to start, here are a few videos I find informative.
Take a look at your friend circle... does anyone have more melanin than you? If there's no one in your close knit group who could give a brown crayon a run for it's money, I really want you to ponder the experiences you've had with brown skinned people in the past. Is there a reason you haven't closely befriended any Black people? Do you have biases that you are willing to critique and challenge?
Speaking of challenge, I want you to make a point to speak to someone with melanated skin in the same way you would with your current friend circle. Yes, I'm challenging you to meet a Black person. Remember, being genuine earns you more respect than being fake, pushy, or having malicious, decietful, or selfish intent. So yes, be you. And if you tend to be offinsive, maybe try choose a patient, articulate melanated person to chat with so the chances of peace being maintained are higher than negative.
When you're in a circumstance that involves a Black person, do what you can to pause and think of how they may be affected by your actions, words, gestures, and aura.
There are several societal pressures that can easily corner and oppress a Black person. If you can think ahead a little bit to step into a situation to alter the outcome for the better, this could change lives and sometimes save lives. Black lives. Lives that are just as worthy as yours but are unfortunately unjustly discriminated against.
To help you get started with understanding the types of pressures people of color endure, here are a few resources to help you better understand:
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If you've made it to the the bottom of this blog post, thank you so much for reading this far. I hope this post has found you well and that you've stumbled upon a Black person or business you're interested in supporting, whether in your local community or outside it.
Until next time,