It's Black History Month, but that doesn't mean you should stop at February. Use this article all year round to sharpen your anti-racism skills and educate yourself!
Though we celebrate Black History Month in February, you shouldn't be deterred now that the month is coming to a close. Black history is an important part of this country. Use the resources below to donate, read, shop, and more!
Have some time online that you want to use to broaden your horizons? These free to access articles will educate you!
The Case for Reparations: Ta-Nehisi Coates gives us a look at the history behind Black people's oppression, and an argument for why we need reparations for those wrongs.
Black History Month Isn't Racist, It's a Form of Reparations: Is Black History Month unfair to white people? No, and this article will tell you why.
100+ LGBTQ Black Women You Should Know: A masterpost of LGBTQ Black women who have made an impact on history and society.
If you're looking for something a little more substantial to read, you can't go wrong with these hot picks!
Authentic Diversity by Michelle Silverthorn: A book intended to help us look at diversity in the workplace and how it can be improved to give everyone a fair shot.
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Sadd: A guided journal to help you think about white supremacy in ways you've probably never considered before.
My Grandmother's Hands by Resmaa Menakem: A book about the collective trauma shared by Americans, stemming from ingrained white supremacy.
In addition, you can find an online library resource for Black history HERE. It's all free, so you have no excuse not to get reading!
You should be supporting marginalized groups every chance you get. Why not shop at some of these retailers to get your fix?
8 Black-Owned Sex Toy Businesses: Cosmopolitan gives us 8 places to shop to support Black-owned erotic businesses. Don't limit yourself to the same few shops when you have these awesome places to check out!
Shopenby: A Black-owned sex toy and home/wellness business that's made by and with the queer community in mind. With carbon-neutral shipments, this website cares about the environment as much as it cares about your orgasms!
50+ Black Owned Businesses to Shop At: Good Housekeeping takes us through a HUGE list of Black-owned businesses, from books to food to fitness and more!
If reading's not your thing, not to worry! There are plenty of podcasts out there that you can put on while you're driving, working out, relaxing, or whatever else you do. Now you have no excuse!
Race Traitor by Phoebe Unter: Unter details her coming to terms with her white privilege in a world of white supremacy.
Still Processing by Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham: Taking on a variety of different topics such as reparations and whiteness in America, this podcast's fire duo serve up a dish of realness.
1619 by Nikole Hannah-Jones: Working with the New York Times on the 1619 Project, 1619 examines the blight on American history that is slavery.
We all like a little entertainment sometimes, but our entertainment can come with education, too. Watch these to add a little more variety to your viewing schedule.
Dear White People: Based on the 2014 film of the same name (check that out, too!), Dear White People is a Netflix original focusing on modern race relations in a college setting.
Amend: The Fight for America: This six-part Netflix docuseries stars Will Smith, teaching us all about the 14th amendment, which details the rights of citizens under equal protection of the law. Are we really all that equal?
Roots: Detailing the history of a Black family from slavery to the postwar era, Roots is a powerful miniseries that shouldn't be overlooked.
Visit these sites to access hubs of information.
BlackLivesMatter.com: The big one. The hub for Black Lives Matter info. Learn how to donate, organize, and join the fight against police brutality and white supremacy.
M4BL.org: The Movement for Black Lives is dedicated to creating a better future for all Black Americans. Electoral justice, racial equality, and Black power are all things this wonderful organization believes in.
BlackVotersMatterFund.org: This organization hopes to level the playing field when it comes to voting and truly ensure all Americans have the right to cast an equal vote. Against voter hurdles and unfair gerrymandering, this site will let you know how to help the cause.
Places to Donate
If you want to put your money where your mouth is, NY Magazine has put together a comprehensive list of bail funds, charities, victim funds, and more. Check it out and open that wallet!
NY Magazine Black Lives Matter Donation Links
Is that it? Of course not! This is just a sampling of all the information there is out there. I've kept it short to start off with, but this page WILL be updated as time goes on, so be sure to keep checking back! Recommendations are always accepted in the comments below.
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