a twitter thread of how you can help. here are some petitions and donation links. if anyone has other helpful links and/or organisations, please feel free to add them! please use the platform you have and dont choose to stay silent on these issues.
i tend to keep my political or controversial opinions to myself because i despise conflict and try to avoid making anyone uncomfortable, but i can’t possibly be silent anymore as i continue to watch events like this happen. i love the look of the dark academia aesthetic, but there are definitely issues with its original ideologies, so i don’t like to label my content as such.
i believe black lives matter—all lives matter (though that is currently not the focus), and if you disagree with that, then my blog is not the place for you. my platform is relatively small, but that doesn’t mean i can’t help get the word out; the same goes for you. every little bit helps!
tips for teens (and other minors like me):
- do your research and stay properly informed—adults will respect your opinion more if you know what you’re talking about. read and/or watch MULTIPLE credible sources so you can see the full picture.
- post about issues you care about on social media. it can be as simple as putting something on your instagram story (if you want something short and easy, @shirien.creates has some beautiful political artwork you can repost with credit to show your solidarity and spread awareness). reblogging is one of the best ways to get the word out on tumblr, and video essays for youtube are another idea to consider if you’re willing to put more time and effort into it.
- be responsible and mature about what you post. some people are triggered by videos, so be mindful of that if you’re going to share them. i suggest tagging them appropriately (when you’re sharing them on a space like tumblr) and giving clear warnings (regardless of which site or app you use). please be thoughtful about your content and how you word things.
- sign a petition if you are able. those under sixteen cannot participate in change.org petitions like the one linked in the above twitter thread; however, any petitions on whitehouse.gov can be signed by those who are at least thirteen (i cannot speak for those of you outside of the usa). if you are unable to sign, encourage others who can!
- donate if you want to show even more support. this isn’t an option for everyone, but if you are interested, there are plenty of gofundmes and other programs to look into (see that twitter thread for specifics).