Nazis are bad. While Trump may not be able to vocalize this sentiment when it matters most, there’s TONS of people who understand the (obvious) need to fight back against white nationalists and their agenda. It can be discouraging to see the news stories about the domestic terror attacks by racist groups in Charlottesville, Va., which resulted in a number of injuries as well as the death of activist Heather Heyer. However, despite that, there are ways to take a stand — and no, eating cake and doing nothing is not an option, Tina Fey. Below, I’ve listed a few ways to take action to support victims in Charlottesville and the larger fight against racists groups.
For me, personally, I find right now that it’s important to be as educated as possible about current events and U.S. history. This requires a lot of reading, listening, and acknowledging any privilege I may have prior to speaking. There’s a lot of really great online resources I’ve been referencing to stay educated about the attacks that took place and the white nationalist movement in America. I’ve found a lot of value in “What Just Happened? Charlottesville,” (Bitch magazine); “Here’s How You Can Help Victims Of The Charlottesville White Nationalist Rally,” (Refinery 29); and “Charlottesville: Race and Terror,” (Vice). It can also be really helpful to speak with friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, etc. about issues that matter to you. While there’s a lot of shitty people in the world, you never know who you can learn from.
Show Your Support
While I know that a T-shirt or a lipstick will not make a difference in the grand scheme of things, it can be a great starting point for engaging in conversations about racism and race relations in the U.S. Think about it — if you’re applying a new coat of lipstick from a Lipslut tube that reads “F*ck Trump” you’re bound to get a few comments or questions. I truly believe that style not only makes a statement, but it helps you visually showcase what you value and believe in. Along with sharing your thoughts on social media, standing up against racists in your community, and correcting a family member when they say something completely out of touch, all of the items pictured above help you show your support for Charlottesville and the fight against racism. Plus, at least a portion of the proceeds from these items benefit charitable organizations dedicated to improving the lives of minorities in the U.S., so…
Attending events (protests, marches, letter-writing parties, etc.) is a great way to be involved in causes you care about. Any time I’ve attended an event like this, I’ve met really great, forward-thinking people I probably wouldn’t know otherwise, and I’ve learned a lot about my community. As satisfying as it would be to travel half-way across the country to punch a Nazi in the face in Virginia, it’s super important to be involved at the local level and help make as many changes as possible in your own neighborhood. Aside from physically joining events, also consider donating either your money to groups dedicated to supporting minorities and fighting racist groups, such as Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP, C-ville Victim Relief, and Solidarity Cville Anti-Racist Legal Fund. These organizations do great work, and they need support more now than ever.
The suggestions in this post are solely based off of my experience; things I’ve learned through school, attending events, and speaking with those around me; and research I’ve done. I am 1,000 percent opening to listening to what you think! So, please, if you have anything you’d like to add — an article that encapsulates your views about this topic, a great nonprofit that could use donations, a story about your own experience with racism in this country — share your thoughts in the comment section below.