As we continue to experience and process the outrage in this country, triggered by the continuous reality of police brutality against African-Americans, the main question has become “How Can I Help?” From social media commentary to text message chains, those who are touched and infuriated by the unjust deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others, would like to give or donate to causes that support race and social justice reform.
We’ve all had these conversations with loved ones and friends or have asked for reputable organizations to research and lend our support to. I know I have. Then it dawned on me:
There is no measure to giving when it is done from the heart. Whether that is you sharing links to petitions or volunteer networks, communicating with local black businesses and asking for their needs, or standing on the front lines to not only protest but to uplift those around you who may have been protesting over and over with no resolve.
We are all intelligent, brave, and creative. Young or old, black or non-black, we don’t need the accolades or approval of others to be the change we want to see in this world. Standing together in solidarity and offering what we can, how we can, and when we can is the beginning of a forward movement to change the narrative.
So don’t beat yourself up if your answer wasn’t the grand gesture worthy of hashtags and national praise. There’s no need to have the best, biggest, or even the first idea. What matters is having the compassion and genuine interest to contribute your time and energy in a positive way, no matter who may or may never see your efforts. JUST. HELP.
Also, there is no harm in sharing creative ways to assist during these times for those who may still struggle with ideas of their own.
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