How Allies Can Really Help the Black Lives Matter Movement: Celebrities Using Their Platform to Support and How You Can Too

How Allies Can Really Help the Black Lives Matter Movement: Celebrities Using Their Platform to Support and How You Can Too

The fact that America is mourning the life of another black citizen is more than just a little unsettling. And the uproar of that situation all around us continues to shine light on the many injustices that those in the black community face on a day to day basis.

For the past few days, people from all walks of life and ethnicities have shown their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Multiple protests around the country, thousands of dollars put towards fundraisers, and one of the most important ways, people using their voices and their platforms to talk about things that will make a change in this cruel world we live in.

The upsetting case of George Floyd is just one of many that now has America outraged, and as sad as it is that it came to this, we are finally seeing more and more of those with a louder voice, use it, in hopes to help these injustices stop, once and for all.

Role models, idols, and inspirations are just some names that celebrities are called to those that watch them closely. And when they live up to those titles, it’s something that fans remember and take to heart.

Watching celebrities use their platforms to not only speak up about the injustices we continue to see in America toward the black community but to also see them participating in protests, donating, educating and petitioning for a change to be made makes them live up to those titles they are sometimes so easily given.

Social media has allowed for quick and easy ways to share information about #BlackLivesMatter and many with a large following are using their advantage to not only educate their followers but give them direct links to resources for them to further help the movement.

Singer/Songwriter, Halsey was making sure her voice on the subject was heard, even calling out peers and others in a position to help spread information that weren’t acting on the privilege.

She even provided her followers with a thread of tweets including links to further help the movement.

Rock band, Grayscale, sold merchandise to raise funds for George Floyd’s family as well as donated as a band to the Minnesota Freedom Fund.

The merch drop fundraiser helped rasied $16,010 for George Floyd’s family.

This is one of many social posts from rapper, Cardi B about the situation.

Harry Styles, shared a link to a petition to reach the attention of Mayor Jacob Frey and DA Mike Freeman of Minneapolis.

While fellow One Direction bandmates, both Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson‘s, posted just a singular link to the fundraiser to help support George Floyd’s family.

Actors Steve Carell and Seth Rogan have also voiced their donations on Twitter, in hopes that it motivates others to follow in their footsteps by giving to a fund that helps bail out protestors in Minneapolis.

Although these are just a few of hundreds of celebrities that have shown their solidarity with the black community and the many injustices they continue to face, it’s important to see that they aren’t letting this pass by and they are doing all they can to show their support.

Now many may argue that celebrities simply tweeting these resources aren’t going to help the movement, but leave it to the fans to find out just how big of an impact they can make.

So, if you have a platform to speak up on, use it. Now is not the time to be silent and to let the communities around you fight alone, especially if you know your voice will be heard and followed.

Do you want your voice to be heard? There are many ways you can get involved in the movement and help fight these social injustices.

Thousands of fundraisers are being set up for George Floyd’s family, groups that are supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, and even for community buildings that were destroyed in the path of many riots that have taken place around the country.

With the pandemic also occurring simultaneously, many may be unable to give monetarily, but there are always petitions that can be signed, emails that can be written and calls that can be made to help keep this problem in front of the people who can directly make a change such as government and city officials.

And the most important thing anyone can do on this subject is to educate themselves, even if you think you know all about Black history, we’re sure there’s a plethora of information you have yet to discover. Knowing why black communities are hurting, mourning and outraged can help to put perspective on the demonstrations that continue to happen in the name of George Floyd and the hundreds of other black citizens that have been a victim to these unfair deaths.

Want to know where you can go to donate, sign a petition or find the information to contact those in charge? Check out our extensive list here.


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