How you can take action
Ready to get involved in the Black Lives Matter movement? You may be overwhelmed with how and where to begin. Fortunately, there are many easy ways to show your support. The best way is to start with education — educate yourself and those around you. Start by reading the many books or listening to the many podcasts that get to the root of the injustices people of color live with every single day. Have conversations with friends, family, and those in your communities. You can physically show your support, as well, by attending protests in your community. If you are able to, there are dozens of organizations that are counting on donation dollars in order to fund the Black Lives Matter movement.
Click here. for suggestions on where to donate to organizations fighting racism and police brutality.
Support Black-owned businesses
COVID-19 wreaked havoc across the world, but in America black communities have been disproportionately affected. African American business owners dropped by more than 40% in the United States.
Consumers hold a great deal of the power. We can use our dollars to do our part to raise the bar on equality by supporting black-owned businesses at home and when we travel. From restaurants to wineries, book stores and salons, there are thousands of black-owned businesses across the country that will benefit from your support. Not sure of where to begin? Start by looking at Support Black Owned. SBO is a black-owned business directory that has a listing for almost every category. Whether you want a barber shop in Atlanta or a bridal boutique in San Francisco, SBO can help point you toward the black-owned businesses where you can show your support.
Use your individual buying power to make a difference. Aurora James, founder of Brother Vellies has asked corporations to stock at least 15% of their inventory from black-owned businesses You choose where your dollars go — choose to have them make a difference.
Diversify your information sources
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness” – Mark Twain.
Truer words never spoken. Travel makes you question everything you’ve ever held as fact. Travel allows you to step inside of someone else’s shoes and walk around for a while. Travel blows the lid off of our compact little worlds and shows us just how small we really are.
Even though we aren’t traveling right now, there are still ways we can expose ourselves to new, different voices that can help shape our world view. Diversify the voices around you. Fill your social media feeds with perspectives that are different from your own.Tap into these powerful voices from black members of the travel community and read their stories.
Black Lives Matter. Period.
The time is now. But really, the time was also yesterday, and the time will be tomorrow. Black Lives Matter. Period. Let’s not diminish the steps we are taking toward change, but let’s not let this issue be simply one that is #trending. Listen, support, and uplift not just today, but every day.