Black women are a triple-threat right now. We tried to save this country from Trump and we succeeded in making our voices heard in Virginia and Alabama. Black women are taking back the South one politician at a time. Now it’s time for people to start supporting us. Awesomely Luvvie put together a great list of black women running for office:
What can you do? Donate to their campaigns. Volunteer your time to help them get elected. Black women have earned the right to have a seat at the table. Anyone who believes that this country is not represented by the current administration needs to find a way to support these black women so we can make real change in 2018.
Look around your communities for businesses run by black women. In 2016, black women-led small businesses outpaced every other small business. Yes, you read that right. Black women are successfully creating businesses in their communities. Where can you find them? Mandy Bowman created the Official Black Wall Street to find black-owned businesses near you. Give them your business. Spread the word about them to family and friends and support them by liking and sharing their social media pages.
Lastly, amplify the voices of black women. Tarana Burke, the founder of the Me Too Movement, runs an organization called Just Be, Inc. Started in 2006 — a full 10 years before the hashtag — it focuses on the wholeness and well-being of girls of color. Donate to her cause. She has been overshadowed by celebrities and deserves to be acknowledged as the founder of the movement.
Salon wrote Twitter is becoming the Underground Railroad of activism. People like Feminista Jones; Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi of BlackLivesMatter; and Brittney Cooper are throwing down knowledge every day. Educate yourself so you can pass on that knowledge.
We are constantly saying believe black women. If you believe us, then support black women. Support us with your money, your time and your effort.
Lecia Michelle is the founder of the anti-racism group Real Talk: WOC & Allies for Racial Justice and Anti-Oppression. The group focuses on training allies to fight racism while providing a safe space for WOC. She also is a prolific writer and an avid reader. And a dog lover.