Black Lives Matter (BLM) was an important social and political movement that first emerged in 2013 after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting that resulted in the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012. This movement swept the globe from 2013 to 2014, then peaked again in 2020 with the killing of George Floyd.
Beginning in Minneapolis and spreading to major cities around the world, protests and marches were organized. Some of the largest protests took place in New York City, Chicago, London and Paris.
Unfortunately, the media has generally been giving less time and attention to this movement in the last year. However, this does not mean that it does not still need your support.
Here are some links so that you can further educate yourself on the important political, economic and social issues BLM stands for:
- “Historical Foundations of Race” – An informative and engaging deconstruction of the term “race” and the evolution of racism.
- “What is White Privilege, Really?” – An essay dissecting white privilege: what it is at its core and how to recognize it.
- “About Race” Podcast – A podcast discussing the conversations about race and where humanity often fails.
- “The Systemic Racism Black Americans Face, Explained in 9 Charts” – An educative post detailing the numerous ways systemic racism has impacted Black Americans.
Here are some links to different ways to support the BLM movement financially. I encourage you to commit to a recurring donation if you are able.
- Black Lives Matter – Your money will support the ongoing efforts to end state-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people and put a final stop to white supremacy.
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund – Donations support this legal organization’s goal to fight for racial justice through litigation, advocacy, public education and more.
- Black Visions Collective – “A Black-led, Queer and Trans centering organization” building a collective power among Black communities and dismantling systems of violence.
- Know Your Rights Camp – A legal defense initiative teaming up with top-notch lawyers to provide legal resources to those who have been arrested or a victim of violence while fighting injustices.