Since launching Inspirations & Celebrations in 2011, my mission has always been: “To educate and empower women through inspiration and information.” I’ve always believed in equality and fair treatment for all people, regardless of race, color, or background. For this reason, I want to do my part to spread awareness, educate, and empower all of my readers to help catalyze change now.
While I have consciously chosen to only publish positive content on my platform, I admittedly have covered non-polarizing lifestyle topics – fashion, beauty, food & wine, travel, etc. However, the time has come for me to use the power of my voice, my digital presence, and my social influence to help those who are desperately in need of our support.
In light of the heartbreaking racist events that have recently sent shockwaves throughout the world, I am now choosing to use my platform to do what I can to help end inequality, racism, and prejudice against Black people. Through my blog and social channels, I am working to amplify Black voices and to empower my audience to stand up to injustice.
Throughout the past week, I’ve been doing my research and posting resources on my Instagram and Facebook stories with the intent to educate my audience on how they can help to create positive changes in our political and social systems. Whether you choose to donate, protest, support, or vote – every action you take helps the cause, and we all need to do our part.
Today’s post shares 10 steps we can take today to help end racial inequality and social injustice.
Good Values Begin at Home
One of the first places we learn good values is at home. That’s why it’s imperative that parents educate their children about the importance of racial equality.
Aside from the occasional history class, the only time I really had a discussion about race or equality while growing up was at home. The reason why we talked about it openly in my family was because of my Dad, who instilled in my family the belief that “all people are equal”.
Fifty years ago, my father, Jules Pollack (pictured below), was the Publisher of IN BLACK AMERICA, the first single-volume encyclopedia about African-American history. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he aligned with researchers, writers, Black leaders, and politicians to create and distribute this book. In addition, he hired hundreds of Black people to sell the book, so that they could gain opportunities and financial freedom for themselves and their families.
He was passionate about educating, empowering, and uplifting Black people, as he says, “I believe that all people are created equally. At the time, Black history was only taught in segregated schools in the South, behind closed doors. I felt that the valuable contributions to this country, made by Black Americans, should be taught in ALL schools.”
Through his valiant efforts, he not only helped to instill pride in thousands of Black people by spotlighting the many contributions that People of Color have made to the USA, but he also helped give them the ability to create better lives by employing them and teaching them how to become successful salespeople.
For all these reasons and more, he has inspired me to do my part to help end injustice and inequality today.
STEP 1: Teach Your Children About Racial Equality
- If you have kids, I encourage you to start having open conversations with your children about racial equality.
- On Saturday, June 6th at 10 AM EST, Sesame Street is airing an hour-long special “Town Hall for Kids & Families” on CNN called “Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism”. This is a great opportunity for you to spend time with your children learning about this difficult subject and becoming educated on what actions you can take. The goal of this broadcast is “to help kids and families discuss racism and the protests taking place nationwide, build empathy, and embrace diversity.”
- Read books to your children to teach them about racial equality. A few recommended books include: We’re Different. We’re The Same.; Separate Is Never Equal; and Not My Idea.
STEP 2: Rock The Vote
One of the most important actions we can take as American citizens are to vote. The officials that we elect into office will determine the fate and future of our country. That’s why it’s imperative that we use our freedom to make wise choices by supporting change without violence. I encourage you to register to vote (if you haven’t already), to educate yourself on policies and upcoming candidates’ positions (especially on matters that affect POC), and to rock the vote. Every ballot counts.
Below are the upcoming Primary Dates for USA States:
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
- New York
STEP 3: Donate To Charitable Organizations & Worthy Causes
Another easy way to help create positive changes in our society is to donate to charitable organizations and worthy causes. Financial contributions help to “fuel the fight” to end inequality, discrimination, and prejudice. Below is a list of organizations and funds that you can financially support:
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- Minneapolis Freedom Fund
- The Bail Project
- Color of Change
- Black Lives Matter
- Equal Justice Initiative
- Black Visions Collective
- Reclaim The Block
- National Bail Out
- Campaign Zero
- National Bail Fund Network
- The Innocent Project
- Run With Maud
- Brooklyn Community Bail Fund
- Liberty Fund
- North Star Health Collective
- George Floyd Memorial Fund
- Justice for Breonna
- Ahmaud Arbery Fund
STEP 4: Support Peaceful Protests
While politics are one part of the equation toward making real change, another way to support the cause is to join peaceful protests to amplify the call for action. If you are unable to participate in a protest (especially due to the pandemic), there are several ways you can still get involved.
As former President Barack Obama recently published in an article titled How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change, he said, “If we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both. We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform.”
Below are actions you can take that can help the frontline of the revolution:
- Create signs: If you have a way with words and a steady hand, sign making is an activity you can do. The message needs to be loud and clear.
- Be a care-taker: Food, water, and medical supplies are necessities for every demonstration.
- Research & speak up: Use your social media platforms to spread the word, do your research, and help educate others.
- Donate: Supplies and bail money help to get protestors out of jail.
STEP 5: Educate Yourself
Another part of “allyship” is to become educated about racism so that we can learn how to effectively become anti-racists. As we’re learning this week, it’s not good enough to just be “not racist”; we have to proactively become “anti-racist” if we want to help end inequality. Recommended books from anti-racism experts include Me And White Supremacy and How To Be An Antiracist.
STEP 6: Use Your Voice
Whether you have 100 followers or 100,000 followers, using your voice on social media is a powerful way to catalyze change and spread awareness. Unlike in previous decades, now that we have access to the internet and social platforms, we can create a ripple effect amongst our networks by posting empowering messages. I encourage you to use your freedom of speech to speak up against injustice and inequality, and to inspire your friends, family, and followers to become an Ally.
STEP 7: Support Black-Owned Businesses
Since financial freedom is something that truly makes a difference, another way to help Black people is to support Black-owned businesses and brands. Below are examples of Black-owned fashion and beauty brands that you can shop from:
- Brother Vellies
- Savage x Fenty
- Samaria Leah
- Good Sinners
- Christopher John Rogers
- Wales Bonner
- Kenneth Ize
- Pyer Moss
- The Wrap Life
- Nubian Skin
- Melanie Marie
- Third Crown
- Black Girl Sunscreen
- Madam CJ Walker
- Mented Cosmetics
- Beauty Bakerie
- Oyin Handmade
- CVTD Beauty
- The Honey Pot
- eHoney Skin
- Get Hyper Skin
- Out The People
- My Butter Bar Skin
- KNC Beauty
- MDM Flow
- The Lip Bar
- Juvias Place
- Mischo Beauty
STEP 8: Sign Petitions & Make Your Voice Heard
Making your voice heard by signing a petition is a powerful way to create change. Below is a list of current petitions you can sign:
- Justice for George Floyd (change.org)
- Colors of Change #JusticeForFloyd
- Justice for Brianna Taylor (change.org)
- Justice for Ahmaud Arbery (change.org)
STEP 9: Support the #8CantWait Campaign To End Police Violence
As initiated by Campaign Zero, they recently launched a new campaign called #8CantWait. They state, “together these 8 use of force policies can reduce police violence by 72%. And your Mayor has the power to adopt all of them right now. We need you to call and email your mayors, wherever you are, and tell them to adopt these 8 life-saving policies right now!” To learn more, visit 8cantwait.org and use their tools to find your Mayor’s contact information, and see if your city has already implemented any of these policies. “Together we can end police violence in America.”
STEP 10: Stop Supporting Organizations & Leaders That Promote Hate
As shared by Mireille Charper on Instagram, she says, “if you read pieces on media platforms that promote hate or fund supremacist and hateful organisations, you are contributing to the problem. Equally, stop supporting organizations that love ‘black culture’, but fail to speak up on issues affecting the black community.” In addition to this, if you know that a politician, leader, or individual believes in inequality or racism, do not support or endorse their messages.
My hope is that this inspires you to be proactive in doing your part to help create equality and justice. Every step forward is a step in the right direction.
On that note, I’ll end this post with a moving quote from Desmond Tutu: “When will we learn? When will the people of the world get up and say, enough is enough? God created us for fellowship. God created us so that we should form the human family, existing together because we were made for one another.”