As protests continue around the country, celebrities are stepping up to show support for police reform and anti-racism. Activists have also started to remove colonial, racist and Confederate statues around the world.
Celebrities have participated in various video responses including the “I Take Responsibility” campaign. According to their Instagram, I Take Responsibility plans to “In solidarity w/ our Black fam, we aim to end racism, by encouraging white Americans to call out hate, step up & take action!! #itakeresponsibility.” Through the campaign, celebrities like Sarah Paulson and Kristen Bell have committed to calling out racism when they see it.
See the instagram post for I Take Responsibility, below:
Another campaign called #ShareTheMicNow started on June 10. The mission of #ShareTheMicNow is, “For far too long, Black women’s voices have gone unheard, even though they’ve been using their voices loudly for centuries to enact change.” Black activists and academics took over white women’s Instagram feeds for the day. 40 pairs of women with a combined Instagram following of 300 million used the day to amplify Black women’s voices. Participants included Elizabeth Warren, Arianna Huffington, Chelsea Handler and Diane Von Furstenberg.
Share the Mic:
In another show of solidarity, Confederate, Racist and Columbus statues are being torn down. Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ statue was torn down in Virginia and Columbus states in Miami, Virginia and Boston have been vandalized. Activists are pressuring state and federal governments to remove monuments connected to colonialism and slavery.
Read all our coverage on the protests against racism in One Green Planet:
- #BlackLivesMatter: 10 Inspiring Black Voices Diversifying the Environmental Movement
- #BlackLivesMatter: Victory! NY Repeals 50-A Requiring Full Disclosure of Police Misconduct
- #BlackLivesMatter: Killing Black Americans is a Public Health and Human Rights Crisis
Here’s what you can do:
Also, remember to register to vote if you haven’t already. This is one of the simplest ways to make your voice heard as a citizen.Here are some resources for you:
Places to donate:
- Donate to Black Lives Matter here.
- Get involved with your local BLM chapter: The full list is here or start your own.
- Many protestors are getting arrested and being held. Donate to bail funds in your city, here or here.
- HBCUBuzz has a listing of lawyers and legal resources for protestors, organized by state.
- Resources and donations by the National Police Accountability Project.
- Learn about Campaign Zero, which works to end police violence in America.
- The New York Times has put together an anti-racist reading list.
- National Black Bailout Fund, which works towards ending systems of mass incarceration and freeing imprisoned black mothers.
- Visit Louisville Community Bail Fund to contribute towards bail for protesters in Louisville.
Petitions to Sign:
- Justice for George Floyd
- Petition to end medical racism
- Justice for Breonna Taylor
- Justice for Ahmaud Arbery
- Justice for Tony McDade, Black trans man killed by police
- Sign the “Justice for George Floyd” petition on Change.org
- Color of Change launched a petition asking that all the officers involved in Floyd’s death are brought to justice.
For a more extensive resource list, please see the collection put together by Black Lives Matter.
Through this grief and anger, we must unite and work together to create the change we want to see. Let’s make sure no black child has to ever say these heartbreaking words ever again.
If you’re attending a protest, please be safe and careful and maintain social distancing, if possible.