3. Combat racial inequality by supporting Black-Owned businesses in your city, state, or online.
In fact, if you are looking to buy some books to help you gain knowledge, check out this list of 12 Black-Owned Bookstores You Can Support Right Now.
4. Not a reader? Watch documentaries, tv shows and films to learn more about racial injustices.
Here is a great list: 11 Shows and Documentaries to Help You Learn About Racial Justice and Police Brutality.
An upstander is a person who speaks or acts in support of an individual or cause, particularly someone who intervenes on behalf of a person being attacked or bullied. We can all be upstanders if we use our unique talents and characteristics in positive ways. In this time of crisis, take the museum’s VIA Character Strengths survey to determine what your top character strengths are and how you can leverage them to address challenges and make a difference. CLICK HERE to take the survey.
6. If you are able, protest.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center supports the right to protest, as it has historically proven to be the best means of communication for oppressed people. Read our full statement here.
7. Are podcasts your preferred way to absorb information? Listen to a podcast dedicated to discussing issues of racism and inequality.
Check out this list of 24 Podcasts That Confront Racism in America.
8. Sign petitions demanding change for racial violence.
For example, find the change.org petition Justice for Breonna Taylor here.
9. Urge your city, state and/or county officials to adopt recommendations for policing equity and accountability by writing letters and calling your local offices.
If you live in Cincinnati, here is a list of recommendations put together by the Cincinnati Black United Front and the Ohio Justice and Policy Center: http://www.ohiojpc.org/protests-pandemic-recommendations-equitable-cincinnati/
10. If you are able, donate to organizations fighting against social injustice on the front lines.
Here is a list of organizations from around the country: https://blavity.com/heres-a-list-of-black-organizations-you-can-donate-to-for-bailouts-and-other-protest-efforts?category1=news.
And finally, whatever you choose to do in this difficult time—do so with empathy and passion.
Special thanks to the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center and the Ohio Justice and Policy Center for their contributions to this post.