It Is Not ‘Racist’ To Support Black-Owned Businesses Right Now
Recently, I shared a tweet that gave some black-owned companies and businesses you can make the switch to from ones you use daily and a man was quick to call it "racism."
First, I would like to let you all know that "reverse racism" is not the issue right now. It is blatant racism and people are fed up.
The tweet I shared on my personal Twitter account simply was sharing products you can buy from companies with black owners and it was only because it was something I did not even know and figured my followers would like to know as well.
Now, to me, I did not feel like it needed an explanation but I guess it does for some. It is not because people should choose who to buy from based on the color of their skin. It is because people, specifically white people, have been asking for ways they can help the black community, be it big or small.
Based on this Twitter thread, I realized helping the black community can be as simple as switching your laundry detergent.
With everything going on right now, it is safe to say social media is a place where people are getting a lot more vocal about their opinions but many are offering up ways to help.
It is not racist to want to amplify, to want to help, or to want to publicly stand with those who have been discriminated against in this country for centuries.
There have been protests in all 50 states within the past week int his country. To get all 50 states to collectively agree on something surely would send a message that there is a problem in this country.
To ignore the fact that the looting was not started by peaceful protesters because it doesn't fit the narrative or your pre-existing beliefs is dangerous and is the kind of thing that results in the anger and hurt we've all felt and seen over the past week.
So switch some of your daily products to ones sold by black-owned companies, donate to causes you believe in (Black Lives Matter, Naacp Legal Defense & Educ Fund Inc, The Bail Project, and more for examples) and just take this time to try to listen to and understand black voices.
"It is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist," Angela Davis once said.
A friend and coworker of ours came out and expressed what this all means to him and what we can do and it is absolutely worth the read, CLICK HERE for it.