There is really no other way to put it than these last few weeks by and large have not been fun. More Black people are dead or injured at the hands of the police. Even more people are sick or dying from coronavirus. More White people seem to be having something of an awakening to the racism and white supremacy the rest of us don’t have the luxury to ignore. We’ve all been bombarded by the hand wringing of the well-intentioned and the obvious lip service from those not-so-well-intentioned that Black Lives Matter™. (They do.) The world feels like it’s on fire, and quite frankly, we’re all tired. Jazi even had her bike stolen.
So where is the fun in all of this?
The world is starting to listen just a tiny bit more to the voices of minorities. Generation Z is coming into greater influence and are taking their righteous anger to the streets and the voting booth. Black and POC artists are being vocal about the struggles they go through working for predominately White publications and media companies. There is a shift beginning to happen that may not exactly be something we can describe as fun, but there is a rainbow-colored beam of goodness shining through.
We don’t know what the future holds and we can’t be certain the positive changes we’re seeing are going to stick for the long term; but Offcultured is down for the ride. We will continue uplifting and amplifying the voices that are told to keep quiet; and we want you to do the same. Below are links to resources for how you can do just that.
Ways to Assist:
- The Loveland Foundation
Formed in 2018, provides mental health resources for black women and girls. Through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more; they hope to contribute to both the empowerment and the liberation of the communities they serve.
- New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice
A workers’ rights and racial justice organization that seeks to to build a new freedom movement: multi-racial; committed to racial, gender, and immigrant justice; and dedicated to building power at the intersection of race and the economy.
- Take Em Down NOLA
Endeavors to remove all monuments to and symbols of white supremacy from public spaces including street signs, statues; and others as well as abolition of police in New Orleans, LA
- Trevor Project
Founded in 1998 The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
- Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
Cover Image: Gayatri Maholtra