Sadly, racism is still present in many parts of the world. The current developments in the USA have caused the topic to boil over. As tens of thousands of people protest in real life, countless others have taken to Instagram to show support for the cause and draw attention to the unequal treatment of African-Americans and black people worldwide. Under the #blackouttuesday hashtag you can find millions of black squares that symbolise solidarity and the push for equality.
While posting on social media is an important first step, there is much more that you can do to support the movement. In this article, we have compiled a list of links to petitions you can sign and organisations you can donate to.
Please note that these links are just recommendations. We encourage everybody to do their own research into the topic and make their own decisions about which initiatives they really stand behind and would like to support.
The blacklivesmatter.com website provides information about the various forms of inequality and offers numerous petitions that fight against it. This link provides an overview of several of these petitions:
Unfortunately, African-Americans are still being killed by police officers due to systemic racism. The following links lead to petitions that strive to hold these officers accountable for their actions:
Reclaim the Block is an initiative that works to ensure that state funds are spent on making real improvements to the safety of the Minneapolis community, instead of just putting more police officers on the streets. It demands more investment in violence prevention, housing and treatment for people with mental health conditions or drug addiction.
If you would like to go a step further, here are some organisations you can donate to.
Credit: We found some of these links on the @thesydneylynn Instagram account. We too would like to point out that this is a non-exhaustive list. Feel free to send us more initiatives that deal with the topics of racism and inequality. We will continue to add more links to this article.