Resources, Explainers and Advice: #BLM Social Activism highlights

A new, powerful wave of anti-racism is surging sharply across the world, with a renewed intensity, passion and ardor to suggest a lasting impact for the movement.

For most, the idea that they are ‘not racist’ had previously been considered adequate. As long as someone wasn’t contributing to, or partaking in overt racism, they weren’t a problem. But it is testament to the current crusade, that many who subscribed to this train of thought, are now waking up to the idea that this is simply not enough.

As Ibram X. Kendi says in his book How to be An Antiracist, “One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti-racist. There is no in-between safe space of ‘not racist.” 

As previously discussed, this arousal in attention for the cause of anti-racism has undoubtedly been aided by social media activism, with a huge number of people publicly declaring their support. This has encouraged others to become more involved in the discussion, and assisted in educating people on useful accounts and organisations to follow such as Black Lives Matter, Color of Change and NAACP.

But what about the rest of the social media community?

There has been an enormous amount of knowledge sharing, resource recommendations, explanations, advice and tips on how each and every person can get involved, with Instagram providing a unique, aesthetically pleasing and simple way for communicating these helping hands.

Resource Recommendations

From donation pages and petitions, to books, films and podcasts, below are posts suggesting great resources to help grow your understanding and get immersed in the ideals of anti-racism.

How To’s and Explainers

Doing further reading and research is great, but getting simple answers and information straight from the Instagram posts is also extremely useful. Here are a few examples of these:

To Do’s and General Advice

From ensuring your posts and activism activity is appropriate and sensitive to people’s lived experiences, to advice on how to ensure the momentum of the movement doesn’t let up after the media attention as moved on, here are a few stand-out posts: