In my last article, I shared how white privilege is abused in some situations. While it can be abused, there are four situations I will discuss below where (if used correctly) white privilege is helpful. Just because the movement is shared less on Facebook, doesn’t mean that we are done. Commitment to education, action, and consistent allyship is what we need to see real change.
- Educating yourself and others. Using your platforms to educate and spread awareness. Educating ourselves and those around us are one step to recognizing privilege. It does not end on social media. In addition, read books on anti-racism and any books by black authors, along with watching shows and movies that discuss racial injustice. We will never understand more or become better allies until we face these uncomfortable moments and conversations head on.
- Amplifying the voices of Black people and POC. While we as white people do not fully understand what it is like to experience racism, we can advocate for black lives through confronting racism, protesting, voting in elections, and holding others accountable. Keep signing petitions when you see them.
- Donating and supporting black businesses/initiatives/organizations that support black lives matter. Some bail funds and organizations no longer need funds, but there are plenty more that do (a list will be provided below). Buy the book about anti-racism or a book written by a black author from a black business, instead of running to Amazon. Where you spend your money matters.
- Committing to utilize white privilege to help others consistently. Our work does not end after a week. This is NOT a trend. There is STILL more to be done. Keep on educating, advocating, donating, and supporting.
Link for information on the BLM movement here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBRkN52jsTN/?igshid=1rw1084v5jfb1