I haven’t been posting much on this platform about the recent protests because for one it’s not very large and for another getting into arguments with strangers on the internet is exhausting and often futile. Additionally, petitions are more effective when the signers are local, and donations are more likely when solicited amongst people who know me. So right now I have been concentrating my online involvement predominately on my personal Facebook page and doing what I can physically in my own community.
But I apologize to any who may have been hurt by my silence on this blog, and I feel like I need to make my position clear. If you don’t want to hear it, feel free to unfollow.
- All lives won’t matter until Black Lives Matter and if you’re going to throw that all lives matter nonsense out there just know that I think your position is ridiculous. If all lives matter you would be outraged right now. If all lives matter you would be speaking up about police violence against other POCs and white people when it happens to them too, but you don’t. You only bring this up to derail the outcry over injustices against black human rights. Stop it. I’m not falling for it.
- I.DO.NOT.GIVE.A.SHIT.ABOUT.YOUR.OPINION.ON.LOOTING. I do not care. Not even a little. I live in Minneapolis, when I first moved here I lived in the 3rd precinct, I know the neighborhoods that were most affected and I know what the damage is. And I DO NOT CARE WHAT YOUR OPINION ON IT IS. Do not complain to me about the chills the fever gives you if you don’t want to cure the disease.
If you really care about the damage the looting is causing put your money where your mouth is and donate to these organizations and businesses that are helping the area rebuild:
- If you are internationally-based and “don’t want to hear about this American stuff because racism isn’t a problem in your country.” I strongly doubt that but I’m not here to talk to you, so go ahead unfollow if you don’t want to hear it.
- I don’t care if you think this is performative or white-knighting or any of that bullshit. It’s not about me. With that in mind, the below is a mega-list of some black people you should listen to instead. (If you are black, some of these creators are great to check out, but I suspect a lot of what they are saying in these specific videos will be nothing you don’t already know. But you may be interested in the donation videos at the end.
For Evangelical Christians
On Riots and Protests
From the Protesters on the Street
Alternative Media Cooperative Unicorn Riot has been on the ground providing unedited livestreams of the Minneapolis and Philadelphia protests. I’m not going to embed a specific video here, but I suggest you check out their channel if you want to get an idea of what is actually going on in the streets without the talking heads in some studio interjecting every five minutes.
Donate by Watching
The following channels are set-up to donate ad-revenue to BlackLivesMatter or other associated organizations, so you can contribute even if you don’t have the funds. To be the most effective, once you finish a video, proceed to watch any 3 to 5 videos (literally any length of the video will do, plus randomize the number of vids you watch AND the videos themselves they will count as spam if you watch the same 3-5 videos) after this. once you’ve done that, watch the video again. You can check out more of the videos from the people above as you filter through.