What's Next? After The #BLM Protests

We have protested, it was great to see the UK support the #BlackLivesMatter movement. As much as I wanted to be part of it, there was too many things that lead me to stay out of it.

Now what's next?

Do we just continue tweeting and posting up #BlackLivesMatter posts on Instagram?

We need to take things into our own hands and start thinking about the future.


#BuyBlack

I've seen posts and tweets about #BuyBlack and a #Blackout. I'm so for black people putting money into only/primarily black owned businesses. 

Anything you can get from a black owned business is a good way to start. However there are just some things that might not be accessible. I think if we buy whatever we can from black owned businesses it will make a big difference to the black community.

Keep each other in the loop, if you've found a black owned business that's supplies meat, let everyone know. If you find a restaurant that is black owned and vegan let everyone know

The money made should be put back into other businesses and the community, we could help better the education for black children, we could help homeless black people, the list is endless.


The "uncomfortable" race talk

We understand how uncomfortable it is for white people to talk about race and racism. It's going to be difficult to speak about race and racism but it has to be done. Both sides need to be open minded and patient. We have to listen as well as be listened too. We already know that non black people will not fully understand our situations, but the goal is to get enough people to understand as much as they can to help end racism.

There's going to be ignorant and offensive comments made but it's up to us to make sure that they're addressed. I believe a lot of racism is down to pure ignorance and a lack of understanding. It's easier to assume that black people are very similar when everything from the media to your best friend is telling you so. Non black people need to be willing to change their mentality and views when it comes to black people, it's all good and we'll you tweeting black lives matter but what are you going to do you support that?.

Comfort and pussy footing around race is going to long everything out, it needs to be a honest and direct conversation. Both sides have to be honest and realise that comfort isn't much of an option when it comes to ending systematic racism.

The more race is discussed and spoken about  (correctly) the easier things will be, it will become easier to identify racism and to understand why an act is racially motivated. There will be less #AllLivesMatter hashtags and less hostility between white people and black people.

The talk about race and racism has been pushed back for far took long now, it's time to have the uncomfortable and emotional conversations about race, that's the only way to make the world a slightly better place.

I plan on doing my part and getting whatever I can, especially luxuries from black owned businesses. If you know if any UK based black owned businesses, companies,  organisations etc, then please comment below. I'm not rich so my contributions will be small but still necessary.

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