Over the last two months, America and the world has seen an unprecedented, but necessary movement and wave of support for Black Lives Matter after the murder of George Floyd by police brutality. Members of the A32 community have been sharing support and resources with our followers on our personal accounts but accept that we must do more. We have always aimed and vowed to use our platform in an inclusive way that elevates all voices.
We have donated to a variety of resources supporting the Black community over the last few months. If you would like to join us, here are some of our recommendations for organizations to donate to:
Our Editor-in-Chief, Liv Fitzsimons, and Lifestyle Director, Elham Mohamud, had a conversation with the community on their podcast Can We Be Real With You? about social media responsibility and activism. We encourage you to listen and to share your thoughts on what we, and all social media users, can do to better push for racial equality worldwide.
This upcoming month, we have chosen The Vanishing Half as our read of the month. The novel delves into and explores the racial identities of two sisters who live completely different lives. We hope you’ll join us in diversifying your reading selection to include Black authors and to discuss the book with us on July 31st on Instagram.
Most importantly, continue to use your social media presence to share resources, voices, funds, and petitions that will make a difference. Have that vital conversation with your family and friends who are ignoring what’s right in front of us. Everyone needs to use their voice to address the racial injustice that has plagued our country since its beginnings. We hope to contribute to the conversation and to continue as a safe space for creatives and a source for using your voice.