By Christina Kanu @MissKanu
The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter is problematic to me. It is problematic not because it is not true. Black Lives do matter. However, why did it have to take death for the hashtag to evolve ?
#EmmettTill. #Trayvon Martin. #Michael Brown. #Tamir Rice. #Jordan Davis. #Kendrick Johnson. And the list goes on and on. It is devastating that these black brothers lost their lives. These brothers were young. We have to continue to fight in order to make sure that the world knows that black lives matter.
What happens when the hashtags fade ? Will #BlackLives still matter ? Imprint these names not only on your Instagram or Twitter but on your heart. Do not let these names be forgotten.
There are ways to show that #BlackLivesMatter on an everyday basis. I have compiled a list of five.
Celebrate One Another
When something good happens congratulate someone else. Post a picture of the accomplishments of those in your circle. We have to celebrate and encourage people while they are still alive. Encouragement from people you love or even strangers goes a long way.
There are many communities that could use a helping hand. Spend some time going into your local community. It does not matter how you help as long as you are helping. It could be as simple as volunteering at an elementary school or feeding those who are less fortunate.
Mentor someone younger than you
I encourage everyone to immediately find a mentee. Take time out of your life to speak life into someone else. There are so many teenagers who need someone to talk to. Share your life experiences with them and steer them in the right direction.
Watch your Language
Words have power. When you say negative things to people it hurts. Phrases such as“You are being really LIGHT SKINNED” or “You are pretty for a DARK SKINNED girl” can be taken offensively. Think before you say, tweet, or post anything.
Throughout the year there are so many service projects, initiatives, or causes to support. These causes have a direct influence within the African American community. Find out who the change makers are in your community and link up with them. Something as simple as picking up school supplies to donate. Or donate money to the local youth athletic teams. It might not seem like a lot but it is investing into the lives of young people.
In order to show that #BlackLivesMatter people will collectively have to do many things. It is not enough just to march. It is not enough just to post a picture with a quote from a civil rights leader. It is not enough to just be angry.
Show that #BlackLivesMatter by rolling up your sleeves and taking a stand within your community. That is how #BlackLiveswillMatter Everyday.
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