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Black Lives Matter is a Movement, Not a Moment

June 12, 2020
Black Lives Matter is a movement, not a moment. So even when things die down, we must continue pressing forward. 

Black Lives Matter is a movement, not a moment. So even when things die down, we must continue pressing forward. 

We at @blackcreatehers are sharing some ways to stay involved and continue moving the needle in the back community. We have to lead by example and be the change we want to see, so we’ve compiled a list of resources that have helped us during this time of social unrest.

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Get Out and Vote

2020 Primary Election Results– Please stay in the know of what is going on with the 2020 elections. Here are the live results of the 2020 Primary Elections.

Support a Black Owned Business

List of Black Owned Businesses– According to a TEDx Talk by Maggie Anderson, she explains “a dollar circulates in Asian communities for up to 28 days, in Jewish communities for nearly 20 days, in white communities for 17 days and in Hispanic communities for 7 days. Yet in the Black community, a dollar circulates for only 6 hours”. How TF?

Talking to Kids About Race

Anti-Racist Books for Kids– Someone once said to me, “I had a black friend in college, I promise I’m not racist.” Another said “I have a black child, how can I be racist?” The “I have a black friend / I have a black spouse / I have a black child / I have a black dog (etc) so I’m not racist” narrative is so untrue. ‘In a racist society, it’s not enough to be non-racist—we must be ANTI-RACIST.’

—Angela Davis 

Dear White Moms: An Open Letter about Children & Racism– The truth of the matter is that racism is learned behavior. Have you ever seen how a group of children just play and love on one another? That’s because all they know is love; racist individuals are children who became tainted along the way.

Talking to Children About Social Injustice issues– As I am sure you know children often surprise us, at least mine do, with their level of knowledge on a particular subject and I can guarantee you this conversation will be no different. Studies have shown that children in preschool are keenly aware of racial injustices. What this means for us as parents is having a stopping point for these types of conversations will be needed. Having an idea of how much information you are comfortable sharing with your children will help you better navigate the discussion.

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𝐋𝐞𝐭 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐧 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡⁣ ⁣ [SAVE/SHARE This Post]⁣ ⁣ Yesterday, Aiden & I read the book "Let The Children March" 📚. We've read this book many times before, but yesterday when we read it, we read it with passion 🤎.⁣ ⁣ As you know I always talk to A about what's going on especially when it directly relates to him/us. We talked about the protests & why it was important. Then we made our posters & off we went to march.⁣ ⁣ Some of his questions/concerns after we read the book yesterday:⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ – Mom, will they put me in jail for protesting like the kids in the book?⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ – How long did the kids march for?⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ – Will they spray water hoses at us and let the dogs bite us?⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ – Mom, I don't want to be shooted by the police. I don't want to be dead.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ – I wish everyone would be nice to everyone so we don't even have to march.⁣ ⁣ My poor mama heart 😢. Even just typing this out is bringing me to tears.⁣ ⁣ PS: I did not tell Aiden what to write on his poster. I asked him how he was feeling, and what message he wanted to send across. He did that all by himself!! But y'all, why should my SEVEN YEAR OLD even have to do this?? Ugh😢!⁣ ⁣ I shared this book & many other's over a year ago on my feed & encouraged you all to find a copy & read it to your children. Some of you probably thought to yourself, "What's the point, there's no racism, she's tripping." I hope that now your blinders are off & you see why I shared those books in the first place.⁣ ⁣ If you've been following me for a while then you already know how I passionate I am about Diversity & teaching my Black son about Black history. You also know that I encourage others to diversify too.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ This whole "Black Lives Matter" isn't a 1 day, 1 week or 1 month thing for me. THIS IS MY EVERYDAY LIFE!!⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ So, I hope you'll do more than just read to your children! I hope you'll do your part in raising global diverse children who understand that no one should be judged by the color of their skin.⁣⁣ ⁣ Please don't solely rely on me or anyone else to teach/tell you what to do 🤦🏾‍♀️. DO YOUR RESEARCH!⁣⁣ ⁣ 📚 𝐀𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧 – 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐋𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐈𝐧 𝐁𝐢𝐨 !!

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Becoming a Black Community Ally

 Find Your Role in Social Change– The “trend” of supporting black will die down and adjusting to the algorithm will be a new challenge to beat. I encourage you to BE PART OF THE CHANGE, NOT PART OF THE TREND. Don’t stop your support. Don’t stop learning and teaching your children to be anti-racist in an environment where racism comes all too easy.

Pulse Detected-Away with Knees on our Neck– A gut wrenching poem about the African American experience, along with a list of resources to continue to support #BLM 

Challenge the Brands you Work With

Pull Up or Shut Up– if you are a beauty influencer, then you want to check this out. This campaign challenges brands to tell consumers how many Black people they have employed in corporate and leadership roles. If they want access to your Black audience, then they need to show and prove that diversity is important to them.

We hope that these blog posts were helpful, and you will be moved to share this with a friend. change starts with us and with the necessary knowledge, we are equipped to handle anything.

#BlackLivesMatter- yesterday, tomorrow, and forever.

With love,

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