Tuesday, June 2nd, Instagram users “blacked out” by the millions. This populace, comprised of primarily white and non-black people of color (POC), posted black squares to their feeds coupled by “#BlackOutTuesday” with the intention to demonstrate solidarity with Black Americans. The impact, however, did not meet their intentions — combatting racism isn’t so seamless. How can practicing anti-racism be as simple as posting a black square when several of the people who did post one have not spoken up about anti-blackness in all the time I’ve spent knowing or following them? The honest answer: it isn’t; it’s a commitment lived up to through lifelong practice. Anti-racism cannot be rewarded through likes and shares or a pat on the back. A commitment to anti-racism demonstrates the willingness to sacrifice your job, college admissions status, housing, relationships, comfortability, and, ultimately, positionality to then make space for folks who have not been afforded the same privileges.
At Promly, we believe in the power of connectedness and that communion can only take place when Black people have a seat at the table, their voices amplified. The black square fad demonstrated that more powerful and demanding action steps exist and need to be listened to and pursued. Promly’s app will serve as a platform for school-aged individuals to build safe connections through an engaging user-experience designed by peers of the same age. In order to prioritize the safety and well-being of our community, the Promly Team compiled a list of ways white and non-Black POC members can learn how to recognize their privilege, understand the importance of listening and being corrected, be a proactive bystander, and “use [their] empathy to be actively anti-racist” (Angela Arutura). It is our mission to both empower and challenge one another to take part in a solution that creates lasting social change. Black Lives Matter holds as our company truth and our navigation while we continue to grow and invest in creating connections between young people.
How to use your empathy to be actively anti-racist:
Here is a list of places you can amplify, donate to, or sign petitions for change:
Donate to any of these organizations and petitions to show support and help advance the agenda for equal representation and justice.
Sign any of these petitions to show support for change and accountability in our judicial system.
Call and Respond
Dedicate time to learn more deeply about institutionalized racism in the United States, and how to safely take action against it.
Make Mental Health Care Accessible
Lastly, let’s celebrate solidarity and beauty when we see it:
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