Black lives matter. Every single day. All the time. They don’t only matter when more news of a brutal killing hits the news nor is it just a trend. Black lives will and should always matter.
And if you’re reading this, sign this petition. now. you have no reason not to at all. Help demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the countless other (unnamed, unfilmed and unheard) victims, and help dismantle the systems in place that oppress black ppl and poc, but especially the first. Do not forget their names and do not let your words be without actions. Help in every way you can. I am going to list some links below that link to gofundme’s and petitions, but also other helpful and informational threads trending on twitter (as I know many tumblr users are not on there, but these are very important threads and links), and am compiling them in one post here:*
- Text FLOYD to 55156 and JUSTICE to 668366
- a petition that stands with Breonna Taylor
- donate to this organisation that is bailing out the Minnesota protestors
- here is a thread with more petitions you can sign
- another thread with petitions you can sign
- donate here to support George’s family
- a thread that lists various gfm by black ppl who need money.
- another twitter thread on how to help to demand change and justice for George Floyd
- what you can do INSTEAD of calling cops
here are two sources (one and two) with information on what is happening on May 31st.HERE IS A THREAD HIGHLIGHTING WHY IT SHOULDNT TAKE PLACE
- !!!! HERE is a very, very important thread that provides resources for mental health for young black ppl. !!! I don’t know if many people have seen it, but the more, the better because mental health is incredibly important, especially in uncertain and scary times like these. pls stay safe and be kind to yourself <3
- what can us asians do to show up for the black community !
- Here is a very helpful instagram post that highlights what white privilege actually is.
- Here is a thread on why reverse racism is a myth!!
- here is a massive google drive that tells us about black history + activism and is made and compiled by a black trans person!
an educational CARRD on BLMthis has been deleted bc it was made by a nb person who was requested to delete it. A new thread can be found here with helpful links.
- lastly, a very informational thread on what we as non-black people can do to support BLM!
* I am not black, I merely found these links and threads incredibly helpful and thought it might be easy to have them in one place. If in any way, I have spoken over black people or said something out of line / worded something in a bad way, please do not hesitate to tell me and I will change it right away. Thank you. Sending all of you so much love and support and will always strive to work towards a world where these kind of things will never happen again <3
A black man gets killed and you’re obsessed with which celebrity said what and who didn’t click like on a tweet? Because all you know and want to do is blacklist a celeb and give another a gold star and paint them as morally superior?? Because that way stanning them will be an act of morality and serve your status or whatever. This isn’t about celebrities shut the fuck up!!!!! God stan culture needs to die I’m so sick of y’all really
Some of y’all obsession with celebrities is quite frankly disturbing
I’d fucking love it if white people didn’t use this post to pat themselves on the back. I guarantee that no amount of “don’t people know this already?” or “isn’t this obvious?” will actually make you a good ally to black people.
The only things that will make you a good ally to us is listening to us, boosting our voices, defending us when we need it, calling out your fellow whites when they display overt and/or covert racist behavior, and checking yourself consistently.
Don’t like this post if you’re not gonna also reblog it.
Boost my voice, don’t just like it for woke points.
Reminder that it really doesn’t matter what ways you’re marginalized, if you’re not black you’re just as capable of anti blackness as white cishet people. No amount of “but I’m gay!”, “but I’m trans!”, or “but I’m not white!” changes that.
And being neurodiverse/disabled isn’t an excuse for anti blackness either.
“I think America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air. Certain conditions continue to exist in our society which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear the plight of the Negro poor worsened over the last few years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity.”
— Martin Luther King Jr. | Stanford University, April 14, 1967
if you know you’re going to be exposed to tear gas make sure to:
- wear a scarf or bandana to cover your nose and mouth (assuming you don’t have access to a gas mask, dust mask or other kinds of filtered masks). cover up identifying marks like tattoos.
- tie up your hair and cover it as best as you can (tear gas can and will get into your hair and become tricky to wash out, you risk repeated exposure if you touch your hair and then your face etc).
- wear goggles (swimming goggles or ski goggles work pretty well, sunglasses are not as good but they are better than nothing).
- COVER YOUR SKIN (tear gas irritates the fuck out of your skin so cover up as best as you can. wear gloves. especially in warmer months sweat or other kinds of moisture on open skin eyes and lungs will react to tear gas and it will burn).
- carry cold water with you to wash your face upon exposure, make sure it’s sealed so it’s not contaminated. hot water will open your pores and likely exacerbate the situation, so try to only use cold water.
- prepare a separate spray bottle and fill it with a mixture of baking soda and water, this will help neutralize some of the effects of the gas. 3 tsp to every 250 ml seems to be a good rule of thumb. you will spray this onto your face and skin as needed. edit: this mixture is similar to what we used while we were protesting, but i have read conflicting reports regarding its medical efficacy. there’s apparently a risk of scratching your corneas if the baking soda has not dissolved sufficiently. if in doubt just use loads of fresh cold water.
- do not wear makeup, sunscreen, creams, or contact lenses.
- try not to panic. running blindly will overexert your lungs and make things worse, and might make you hyperventilate faster. you also risk creating chaos and running headfirst into something more dangerous. move quickly but safely to get away from the cloud. get to higher ground if you can. if you’re in a building that has been gassed, immediately exit the building.
- if you do inhale it, DON’T PANIC. it feels horrible and kind of like you might die but for most people it’s not lethal. (if you have asthma or other respiratory conditions or you’re elderly it’s far more dangerous for you to be exposed. infants are at greater risk also.) don’t rub your eyes or your face. you might vomit. your eyes and nose will stream like crazy. cough and spit as much as you can to get rid of the mucus build up. you might feel dizzy and disoriented. you might feel blinded. that’s normal. use the spray bottle on your eyes and face as quickly as possible and escape the area. the immediate effects will likely wear off in an hour or two but you might feel the burning/irritation for a day or two afterwards.
- take care of yourself first and help others after. remember that touching exposed individuals with bare hands will contaminate your skin also.
- if a gas canister lands next to you DO NOT TOUCH IT UNLESS YOU’RE WEARING HEAVY DUTY GLOVES. you will get second degree burns. the traffic cone method that HK protesters have been using seems to be the safest option to neutralize the canisters, but unless you’re sufficiently prepared to do this your only priority should be to get away from them.
when you get home:
- take off your shoes outside so you don’t track particles into your house. wear gloves while handling contaminated items.
- take off all of your clothes. everything, down to your underclothes will likely be soaked in gas. if you’re able to, hang them outside to air them out on a balcony or in a yard for a few days.
- wash your face with cold water as many times as you can. do not stand over a sink and do this; kneeling down and tilting your head back to pour water over your face and into the inner corners your eyes is more effective. flush your eyes out one by one, try not to cross-contaminate particles from one eye into the other.
- wash your glasses and goggles with soap and water.
- take a cold shower with soap. do not take a bath. you will probably have to take multiple showers until the burning on your face and skin subsides.
- wash your contaminated clothes separately – you will have to put them through multiple wash cycles or failing that, discard them. wear gloves while doing this.
- gas particles can stay active for 4-5 days so do not wear the same clothes if you are heading back out.
edited this post! a useful resource is linked here.
Also I wanna say something as a non-black poc TO other non-black poc: We are most definitely part of the system of anti-blackness. We are not innocent bystanders, our hands are not clean, we are not exempt from contributing to the pain, suffering, and violence that is anti-blackness and we are most definitely not exempt from doing work into dismantling anti-blackness in this world.
Anti-blackness is in our communities, it is in the persistent cycle of stereotyping the black community that we feed each other over generations and across the boundaries of borders. It is in our constant failure to both recognize AND respect that our communities HAVE black people in them. It is in the curtailing and derailment of their community activism for our own benefit without any regard for their pain. It is in the hierarchy of colorism we’ve established within our communities for standards of beauty. It is in our lack of empathy and understanding AS marginalized people FOR black people that is probably the most heinous anti-blackness that we participate in. It is EVERY. WHERE. WE are anti-black, not just white people.
We have a unique responsibility in holding ourselves accountable for anti-blackness and it’s BEYOND time that we talked about this, that we DID something about it.