For the past month, we’ve dedicated our feed to posting Black-owned brands, Black creators, as well as BIPOC + LGBTQ+ brands and creators. As a page dedicated to small business, we felt it was our responsibility to share as much information as possible to support minorities in our community. We at Indie Mood have always done our best to amplify and share Black-owned brands and Black creators, as we believe strongly in the empowerment and redistribution of wealth created by Indie business and entrepreneurship.
We have worked to listen to and uplift the voices of our Black friends, colleagues, and leaders and will continue to do so moving forward. Doing the research that went into this month of posts has been very valuable for us, and we will continue to do what we can to use our platform for the amplification of BIPOC voices. Where you spend your dollar does count in a consumer-driven society. The more we shift our perspective, learn, and make conscious decisions to support minority-owned businesses, the more we continue this massive shift that is long overdue.
First, we want to recognize that this is by no means an exhaustive list of the organizations, Black-owned brands, and Black creators out there that you can support. If there is anything you feel we should add to this list, please contact us here. We will continue to update this post periodically.
Educate yourself on the history of the Black experience in the United States of America and around the world. Recognize that racism was systematically fabricated by white people and that it is deeply embedded into our culture and society. A great book on this topic is The Mismeasure of Man by archeologist Stephen Jay Gould, which covers the contrived pseudoscience of measuring intelligence through the differences in anatomy to justify racism and sexism. Accept that everything we’ve been taught about what is different between races has been invented for the benefit of white people. Liv had the opportunity to take a special studies course in college with Benny Ricardo Brown called The Science and Origin of Race that truly changed her life. You can find a list of his published work here – his life’s work has been unpacking the origin of racism.
Finally, the most important thing that we can do to support Black Lives Matter is to listen to Black voices. Consume and support Black art. Read books by Black authors, watch films made by Black directors, and listen to music by Black artists. Follow and share Black creators. Support Black-owned businesses.
If you are white and consider yourself an ally, you have a responsibility to stand up when you see or hear injustice, especially when there are no Black people around to hear it. Point it out to your friends, family members, and colleagues when they are being racist. It’s time to have the uncomfortable conversations surrounding the way Black people are treated. Don’t let the fear of saying the wrong thing stop you from fighting for Black Lives. It’s better to stumble than to stay silent. Continue this fight, not for performative benefits on social media, but so that society as a whole can benefit and become a place where everyone can thrive.
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