Doing the Work: Resources to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

Hi friends, this is the only post I will be sharing this week. Throughout my life, I have benefitted greatly from my white privilege. It is time for me to get serious about doing the work and being a better friend and amplifier of Black people and POC. I am pausing all blog content and social media posts that do not serve this goal through June 7. Instead, I have started this list both for myself and for you so that we can better support the Black Lives Matter movement. For an even better list, check out this Google doc of anti-racism resources compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein.

Updated June 5, 2020

Where to donate:

What to read:

I started 2020 off by wanting to read more books by POC which has translated into me reading more works of fiction. I am disappointed in myself for not starting the work with historical accounts, memoirs, and educational books. I’m immediately remedying that now by diving into these books. I urge you to join me in reading them and I am open to recommendations to add to this list. Also, all of these books are authored by Black people. Yes, there are a lot of books in this category that are authored by white people, but to me it is more important to learn from Black people first. And lastly, I would rather my dollars go to Black writers who are sharing their own lived experience. It feels weird to me to read and buy books by a white author because it’s like they are profiting from Black lives (again).

  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad
  • Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall
  • Women, Race & Class by Angela Davis

You may notice that I have not linked these books to Amazon because I feel it is inappropriate of me to use this post as a means to reap affiliate commissions. Here is a list of 50 Black-owned bookstores you can support instead!

Things to watch (movies & shows):

  • Rest In Power
  • Strong Island
  • 13th
  • Dear White People
  • The Hate U Give
  • Get Out
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Selma
  • Mudbound

Seattle-specific resources:

For those of you who are local readers, I also wanted to share ways you can get involved locally:

Changes I am personally making:

  • Education — Like I already mentioned, I am going to educate myself more and more. This is officially my #1 priority, especially as someone who loves to read. I need to do better when it comes to challenging myself with the books I read and step into that uncomfortable space so I can be a better supporter.
  • Change my language — did you know that ‘master bedroom’ is a phrase rooted in racism and gender bias? Seemingly small references like that are no longer welcome in my vocabulary and you will not be seeing them on this blog. Instead, for example, I will be using ‘main bedroom’ in order to be more inclusive and anti-racist. I hope you’ll join me in this as well!
  • Speak up — I grew up in an area with extreme racist undercurrents and was essentially taught to shy away from getting involved. Family members make latent racist comments and I used to keep my mouth shut. That will not be the case for me anymore. Instead, I will no longer stay silent. I will speak up and challenge my family members to do better.
  • Donate — I’ve seen so many other influencers post about matching donations right now. I truly wish we were in a financial place where that was feasible for my household. Unfortunately, it is not, so I am actively brainstorming ways I can offer more financial support for the Black Lives Matter movement. For now, I am going to continue to to share places where you can donate.

Where to shop:

I’ve received a LOT of outreach about where to put your money in order to better support Black artists, makers, and businesses, so I added this list to this post. Keep in mind that this is only the beginning of the work that needs to be done in order to better support amazing Black businesses, especially here on my blog. If you have any businesses you’d like to see on this list, leave a comment and I’ll update!

  • Clare Paint — one of my favorite brands to partner with (see our collab here)
  • Sukie’s Candles — the scent combinations on these candles sound amazing.
  • The Monarq — original mini paintings
  • Krio Skincare — recommended by a clean-beauty-obsessed friend. Sign up to find out when they launch!
  • Crinkle and Wrap — charming gift boxes
  • Leman Floral — amazingly beautiful florals and installations
  • Linoto — gorgeous linens and bedding
  • House Beautiful shared a list of Black-owned home decor brands
  • Society 6 created a shop specifically dedicated to their amazing community of Black artists. So many amazing pieces!
  • One of my favorite blogs, The Stripe, shared a good list of 26 Black-owned businesses to shop, too. Grace always has the most thoughtful, researched posts, so definitely check it out.

I am a work in progress. It is important for me to challenge myself and step outside of my comfort zone to speak out now. I must do better and I must be a better supporter. I hope this post inspires you to do the same. And if you have a resource, suggestion or anything else to contribute, please leave a comment or send me an email or direct message.

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Joanna Hawley-McBride is a Pacific Northwest-based social media strategist, content creator, and former textile designer. Joanna is the founder and editor-in-chief of Jojotastic, a lifestyle blog focused on Joanna’s work-in-progress cabin, finding the best pair of underwear through #UnderwearThesis, and empowering women to explore nature — all in her signature unfiltered style. Her work has been featured in Domino, CNBC, and Eating Well.

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