What I would like non-black people supporting the Black community to know is while we are appreciative that you have acknowledged your privilege and are attempting to use it to support our community. It is not the job of your Black friends to expunge your guilt. Instead, I challenge you to direct that energy to check the prejudice you hear at your grandmother’s dinner table or the breakroom at lunch. Many non-Black people treat their friends and family racism in the same tone as they treat their vegan cousin, who you make a special plate for during the holidays and chuck it up to “well, that’s just cousin Billy,” and that is not enough. Cousin Billy’s racist statements left unchecked will continuously be passed down from generation to generation. Susan’s prejudicial jokes in the break room are more than just jokes, those beliefs will perpetuate racial inequities and disparities when it comes time to make decisions in the boardroom. It will be 100% more impactful to the Black community to educate the racist in your neighborhood than it would to study our community and plead for our forgiveness.
I guess that I would say that not overshadowing Black voices/ideas/systems is most important. A lot of the time non-Black POC/White voices & faces are looked to and called upon to speak on issues the Black community is facing alone or excessively more than any of these communities are, and yet Black people are kept out of the important conversations that we need to be heard in to actually detail or explain what we face. And that in and of it’s self speaks to the way Black people are treated by other communities. Also I would say that they should realize that when it comes to solving issues that affect many, it starts with the most marginalized of people. Because they will experience the problem tenfold how people who fit the the power categories do.
I want non-Black races to understand that there is more to supporting Black people then just buying from a Black-owned business. Supporting the Black culture could be as simple as educating yourself about our culture and how our lives are today in this world. Support could be as simple as communicating with a Black person and getting to learn about their experiences and what a day looks like for each other.