EMA Support Black Lives guide prepared by adviser, Dee Sanae:
We all witnessed the American movement of Black lives matter and how it grew at an exponential rate with global tribune as other countries joined in solidarity. It is our individual responsibility to continue the conversation, education, and activism.
I am a multi-ethnic woman of color. The different cultures of my genetic makeup have varying stereotypes on Black Lives. Despite the protests, I realize those cultures hold individual reservations regarding racism and being I check multiple boxes, has put me in the position of both observer and recipient. I understand that this topic would make one feel very uncomfortable. However, we should focus on how this movement has put the world on an internal check. If you are not accustomed to speaking out about anti-blackness, have not thought about it until now, or experienced racism yourself—this is normal. Collectively as a community and the world, we must share responsibility, wake up to change, and create an inclusive environment for future generations.
As a supporter and advisor of Electronic Music Alliance, I implore us all as creators, artists and musicians to use our platforms to be a part of the solution and advance change. Here is a list of resources that will be updated on a continuous basis:
WAYS TO HELP
Consider posting content that amplifies the black community
Post or repost from the black community - what they are experiencing, what's happening at the protests from the black community perspective, and educate and share resources about white supremacy
LISTEN AND FOLLOW BLACK DANCE MUSICIANS
Help us build the artist list by contacting us.
LEARNING MORE ABOUT BLACK HISTORY AND DO THE WORK WITH ANTI-RACISM TRAINING
AMPLIFY BLACK VOICES/ ACTIVISTS
Akala, (Rapper and Activist)
How to Be A Part of the Humanitarian Revolution: SIGN AND SUPPORT
If you have shied away from becoming active in the community, it's not too late to become an activist in your community is now. Speak up and get engaged. If you don't know the first steps the resources here are some sites and resources that I have collected that can help you in your first step:
Help the family of Ahmaud Arbery #IRunWithMaud
Know your rights when protesting and if you face police brutality
Support your local #BlackLivesMatter, take action and also sign the petition
Your VOICE is your power, so VOTE Remember to Vote on local and state levels
Showing up for Racial Justice: What exactly is White Supremacy and how are we brainwashed by it?
Message from the author, Dee Sanae:
If you see BIPOC being treated unfairly. SPEAK UP! Do not be complicit with silence. It starts with the internal healing of old ideologies or stereotypes, taking action through our behavior, and getting involved with communities other than our own. And, don't forget to VOTE IN 2020! (For all local, state, and federal elections)
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