• Johanna McFarland

Black Lives Matter

Updated: Nov 3

I wanted to create a place where I can share important information for people like me who want to gain more knowledge on the Black Lives Matter movement.


So if you're like me and are looking for ways to educate yourself, here are some helpful resources.


I'll never know what it's like to be black. But I can listen and stand with black people in my community and around the world to help amplify their important voices. No one should be silent anymore. Enough is enough.


Where should you start?


Head to Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram - wherever you get your news. Type in Black Lives Matter. That will bring you to this organization. From there, you can find your local Black Lives Matter chapter. Mine is Black Lives Matter Toronto, Canada's largest chapter.


From there you should have a few hours of content to read through. Share what you've learned on your social media.


From there, you'll uncover even more. Keep going!


Heads Up!


This kind of learning is not easy. It's uncomfortable, it's upsetting, but it is unbelievably important that we listen and learn from Black people.


IMPORTANT!


As white people, we do not know better than Black teachers. We just don't. Listen to what Black people have to say and do better. That's all we have to do. Listen, Learn, Share, Pay, Lift Black people up.



What Is the Black Lives Matter movement?

Photo and caption from Black Lives Matter Toronto Instagram.


"The original Black Lives Matter movement was founded by these three wonderful women (L to R): Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza & Patrisse Khan-Cullors. When they decided to take a stand in 2013 and shed light on the racial profiling and immense social injustice that black POC are experiencing, they changed the whole activism game. Visit their website https://blacklivesmatter.com/ for information on these ladies, herstory and the latest updates on BLM."


More Resources


Vanity Fair article "Here's why it hurts when people say, 'all lives matter'."


75 things white people can do for racial injustice


Race, Racism, and Equality - Making Black Lives Matter in the Workplace


This link will bring you to People Magazine where they followed George Floyd's brother, Terrence Floyd, to Georges murder scene. Once you finish that, keep scrolling to read about George Floyd's death.


What brands and followers can do better.


Rachel Ricketts - provides online courses and lots of other content! I took Spiritual Activism 101.


DONATE! Black organizations and anti-racist groups Canadians can support now Fundraiser for Toronto Black Women, Regis Korchinski-Paquet


As you go through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter make sure to FOLLOW the accounts that you find and SHARE their information.


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The source for these is unknown, one of my friends shared it on Facebook. I just found these list really helpful. The lists are from the states, but I'm pretty sure the movies are available in Canada just different platforms. The Hate You Give is on Crave.


UPDATE: I wrote this Blog in June, 2020. Since then, I have kept my ears and heart open to continuing learning about the Black Lives Matter movement. I wanted to keep adding to this post as I discovered more, but I will just create new posts.


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