Here’s How to Support Black Lives Matter (5 Simple but Effective Actions)

Wondering how you can help the BLM movement? Here are 5 easy ways to support Black Lives Matter and become an ally of the black community.

Black Lives Matter has grown relatively quickly into a global movement. 

Formed in 2013 in the US to fight racism and anti-Black sentiment and behavior, the BLM social movement particularly stands against unjust police brutality and murders of Black people.

However, now that it has the world’s attention, it doesn’t mean we can sit back and relax. Sooner or later, the topic will stop “trending” on social media, and it’s important we don’t become complacent and allow progress to slow, stop, or revert.

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Here are 5 ways you can support Black Lives Matter:

1. Educate Yourself

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I might think it’s a great cause, and your friends may all agree, as well.

However, as you join or support any movement or cause, it’s important to understand it, and that’s just as true with the BLM movement. We are all much better allies when we can in turn explain its importance to others when necessary.

Thanks to the internet and how connected to one another the world is today, it’s free and easy for us all to educate ourselves about the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement and the struggles of POC and black communities.

Here is a list of great reading material from around the web:

2. Support Black-Owned Businesses

Buying from black-owned businesses is a powerful way to empower and support the black community. 

As Mary Meade and Sytonia Reid of Green America put it, it helps to close the racial wealth gap, strengthens local economies, celebrates black culture, and holds other companies accountable, among other things.

Here are a few ways to find black-owned businesses to support:

3. Donate to Specific Organizations

If you can spare it, consider donating to help the black community. Dozens of great organizations exist, and even a few dollars would help, especially if you got your friends and family to join in.

Here are a few of the most impactful organizations to support:

4. Sign Online Petitions

Petitions are a great way to effect change, but they need lots of signatures to get seen or heard by the powers that be. Unfortunately, officials and politicians balk at or ignore many seemingly clear-cut issues, but the right petition backed by millions is hard to ignore.

Consider these online petitions:

Oh, and don’t forget to vote!

5. Show Up to Black Lives Matter Protests

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Photo by Clay Banks via Unsplash.

Throughout history, protests have been one of the most effective ways to upend the status quo and create change.

While we should all be wearing masks and social distancing to help stop the spread of coronavirus, it’s not as important as protesting for social justice and to end systemic racism. 

As Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins epidemiologist, tweeted: “In this moment the public health risks of not protesting to demand an end to systemic racism greatly exceed the harms of the virus.”

That’s all for now in our guide on how to support the Black Lives Matter movement easily and on a budget, and we hope it helps! Got any questions, feedback, or other ways to support Black Lives Matter that we didn’t mention in our list above? Let us know in the comment section below, and thanks for reading!

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Christian Eilers
Written By Christian Eilers
is a writer and expert on the topics of education, entrepreneurship, career advice, travel, and culture. On the Goodwall Blog, he covers topics including self-improvement, social impact, college preparation, career development, climate action, and more. Christian is originally from New York City and now resides in Kyiv, Ukraine after living in Warsaw, Poland for the past 4 years. At his desk, you're sure to find Pickwick, his Devon Rex cat, either attacking his fingers as he types or the monitor as the mouse pointer moves around.

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