The first six months of 2020 have brought about overwhelming levels of pain, fear and exhaustion to the black community.
In addition to experiencing disproportionately high levels of death from Covid-19 , black Americans are continuing to deal with traumatizing acts of racism and injustice across the country.
In the past few months, there have been protests and demands for Ahmaud Arbery , a 25-year-old unarmed black man who was killed in a Georgia neighborhood by two armed white residents; Breonna Taylor , an unarmed 26-year-old African-American emergency technician who was killed in her Kentucky home by police; and George Floyd , an unarmed 46-year-old black man who died while a Minnesota police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
People across the country expressed outrage and demanded accountability when birdwatcher Christian Cooper , a black man, was falsely accused of threatening a white woman’s life when she called the police on him because he asked her to leash her dog in Central Park. Though these incidents have made national headlines within the past few months thanks to social media, they are nothing new. Black people have been fighting for decades to get justice from an unjust system and quite frankly, the emotional and mental toll is exhausting.
As we deal with ongoing acts of racism amid a global pandemic, conversations around allyship have come to the forefront as it will take people of all races and backgrounds to stand in support of marginalized groups who are continuously shortchanged by justice. Here are five ways in which white people and non-black people of color can stand in support of the black community now and moving forward.