4 Actions White People Can Take Today, After #BlackOutTuesday

First, some background:

  1. The music industry created “#BlackOutTuesday,” calling musicians to pause, to disconnect from social media, and to connect with their community. Many people used the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter while posting a black square without content related to the movement.
  2. At the same time, two Black women created #AmplifyMelanatedVoices, a social media challenge to white and non-Black users to refrain from posting their own content from June 1st — 7th. Instead, they asked folks to share content from Black creators and creators of color.

So what can we do next?

  1. Post images and content from the Movement for Black Lives @mvmnt4blklives. Yesterday, they called for Trump to resign and continue to call for the defunding of the police. Tag #DefundPolice and #TrumpMustResign. Find, follow, and amplify local Black-led organizing.
  2. Take action. Join the 7,000 people who have committed to #EndWhiteSilence this week by joining or planning an action. Check to see if a local SURJ chapter near you is already planning an action, join them and help them organize — find a chapter near you here. Stay in this moment by taking one of the actions listed here.
  3. Make a donation to movement groups in the Twin Cities. Then find a Black-led group in your local community and make a gift there.
  4. Are you already taking these actions? It’s time to start organizing other white people. Today, directly ask three people in your life to take one of the actions you took. Be concrete and direct.

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