I’ve taken my time to stop, listen and educate myself before saying anything because I wanted to make sure I knew what I was talking about and that I was saying the right thing. The past Tuesday I decided to stop posting the usual content and, instead, post a black square on my Instagram feed saying the following lines:
“As a sign of support and respect, we shouldn’t share anything else than useful information and ways to help. It’s true, I’m a privileged white person and I don’t know how it feels like to be in someone else’s skin, but I support and respect you. I’m educating myself and I won’t deny I feel guilty and embarrassed for being so blind of many things that happen around me and I don’t even realise.
I’m learning, I’m supporting, and I will be there. I’ve always said that social media can build powerful and amazing communities, and now it’s time to prove it. Let’s use the platforms to share reliable and useful information to be conscious of what’s happening and make a change.
I’m sharing a few screenshots of posts I’ve been seeing these last days that I find interesting, important, and useful, as well as some accounts that explain and share useful resources on how to help. Also, I added a link to a very useful website on my bio to find ways to contribute.”
After that, I haven’t posted anything else because I feel it’s not the right thing to “post a black square” and then continue as usual. That’s not it. Since then, I’ve been trying to share and repost important information on my stories, as well as giving visibility to Black Creators’ accounts which I’ve been following for a long time and the ones I’ve recently followed (thanks to other people who did the same). I think they’re all incredible creative women, with great style, amazing photos, some of them with their own small businesses (worth checking out), and all of them with so much to say.
I was shocked by the crazy engagement these posts got and I couldn’t be happier that I got to give all these women more visibility through my page. Also, all the lovely messages I got from these and more girls thanking me for sharing. But, to be honest, this is the least I could do. As I always say, platforms and communities should be used for a good cause and to inspire each other, and this is the best way to do so.
But, what can I (we) do?
This is the most usual question because we all feel quite lost right now and feel confused about what to do. But, there are many ways to help. In this website (here) you can find a lot of useful resources of how to help and what to do. Also, there are many people sharing lists of books, films, Netflix series, petitions to sign, organisations to donate to, protests (make sure that safety goes first), etc. I think these are all really easy things to do, and many of them easily done from home (in case you’re still under lockdown). I’m going to link a few here because educating yourself is the very first thing we all should do.
Another initiative I think it’s brilliant, in which you can contribute monetarily but without actually having to donate (with those with smaller resources), is watching this YouTube video without an ad blocker, and all the money generated from watching those ads will be donated. Needless to say, all the income generated from the ads on this blog during this month will be donated to the cause.
Of course, this is not all you can do but these are some of the resources I’ve found useful these last days and I wanted to share them with you so we can all educate ourselves, help in many ways, and hopefully make a change in this world.
You’re free to share any other resources in the comment section and I’ll happily add them to this post. Again, I say that we all should use our voices and platforms for a good thing, and we will.
Do you know any other resources? What are you doing to educate yourself?
Take care. Love and lipstick ❤