Black Lives Matter: Here’s what you can do to help

Yes, this is another Black Lives Matter article.

Since you’re on GamesRadar, I assume you came here for the games. Maybe you are a fan of the cinema section. Either way, you were looking for escape, and instead you found the opposite.

But here’s why: On May 25, George Floyd was killed by police officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. On March 13, Breonna Taylor died after being shot eight times by police, who illegally raided the wrong house. On February 23, Ahmaud Arbery was shot while jogging by two white men. Despite a clear video of the murder, it took 74 days to arrest his killers.

Something has to change.

Of course, dealing with such a huge problem can feel overwhelming. It’s easy to assume there’s not much one person can do to address deep-rooted systemic racism, when in fact there’s a huge range of practical steps you can take, and all of them make a difference. – even reading this article. So here’s your guide to fighting racism, supporting the black community, and resisting police brutality. It’s not as fun as Modern Warfare Season 4 or a PS5 reveal, but let’s face it, it’s a lot more important.

Daily activities

Daily activities

You may be feeling paralyzed by the news lately and not sure what to do next. That’s why I’m starting with a few simple ideas that anyone can incorporate into their everyday life – no excuses.

1. Social media support

Something simple that anyone can do is post support for Black Lives Matter on social media. It may not seem like much, but public support helps black people know they’re not fighting alone, reminds racists that others oppose them, and inspires government officials to make a change. If you don’t know what to say, you can just say it or share helpful resources instead – actions speak louder than words.

2. Sign petitions

Another easy way to help is to sign or start relevant petitions. It only takes a few seconds, but with enough voices, you can send a powerful statement to power. Here are some important petitions currently open:

Justice for George Floyd
George Floyd was killed by police officer Derek Chauvin, after a routine call to investigate a fake banknote. Legally, the police were simply required to question the bearer, to try to trace the source of the note; instead, Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes. This petition successfully pushed for the filing of charges against Chauvin, and now calls for the same for the other three officers involved.

https://www.change.org/p/mayor-jacob-frey-justice-for-george-floyd

Justice for Breonna Taylor
On March 13, Kentucky nurse Breonna Taylor was killed by Louisville police as they illegally executed a middle-of-the-night drug raid at the wrong address, despite having already arrested the correct person more early in the day. So far no police officers have been fired and the investigation has been slow – this petition aims to change that.

https://www.standwithbre.com

Start your own petition
In the UK you can also start your own petition to the UK government; if it reaches 10,000 signatures, the government is required to respond, and if it reaches 100,000 signatures, your petition will be considered for debate in Parliament.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/new

Be aware of UK government consultations

Likewise, keep an eye out for UK government consultations, especially those labeled ‘Police Powers’, or relating to issues affecting black people. These consultations are the government’s way of gauging public opinion, so take the time to send in a response.

https://www.gov.uk/search/policy-papers-and-consultations?content_store_document_type=open_consultations&page=1

3. Confront racism on a daily basis

If you witness racism in your daily life, speak up calmly and carefully. If it’s happening in public and you don’t feel safe to speak up, document it with your phone and, most importantly, offer your help afterwards. One of the hardest things about hearing racist comments or being mistreated in public is watching the people around you pretend you’re not. Yes, it might feel awkward to confront your friends and family about racist language or views, but if you’ve ever experienced a surprise sex scene with your parents in the room, you may face a conversation. uncomfortable. After all, if you let racist behavior go unchecked, you let it flourish.

4. Pay attention to content

Graphic videos and photos of slain black people are shared so frequently that many people of color are traumatized; psychologists have documented an increase in PTSD symptoms, including anxiety, feelings of dread, and depression. If you share explicit content, such as a police shooting, be sure to post a clear warning, so people can choose not to watch. Likewise, be careful in conversation – not everyone can bear to talk about police brutality, so don’t dive straight into painful details. Most importantly, check in with the black people in your life. There’s a steady stream of incredibly upsetting content out there right now, so reach out and let them know you’re there if they need any help.

To give

Where to donate

How to hold the police accountable

How can I hold the police accountable?

Want to protest?

Want to protest?

Learn more

You want to know more ?

Black support

Where can black people find support?

It’s a particularly trying time for black people right now, and many people of color will be under intense stress. So whether you need help or want to be able to offer help, here is a list of self-care resources. However, when Black Lives Matter is no longer a trending topic, remember that black people experience this level of racism and dehumanization every day, so don’t stop educating yourself.

First, if you need immediate help with suicidal thoughts, here is a list of worldwide numbers you can call for urgent help: faq.whatsapp.com/en/28030010

Next, turn off autoplay videos on Twitter. You don’t need to be repeatedly bombarded with graphic depictions of black death or police brutality, and continued exposure is linked to poor mental health: www.help.twitter.com/en/using-twitter/twitter-videos

In the UK, black people can take advantage of free therapy services, as well as a network of BAME therapists: www.baatn.org.uk/free-services/

There is also a free meditation app called Release, specially designed by and for people of color. It’s the perfect way to disconnect, with guided sessions on all aspects of the black experience.

Additionally, online organizations like HealHaus and Ethel’s Club offer free online sessions for black people, exploring topics such as grief, meditation and healing.

Finally, if you want to learn more about how racial trauma can affect you physically and mentally, PBS has this room deepand The Conversation have compiled a list of eight things you should do to support yourself.


More information about Black Lives Matter: Here’s what you can do to help

Yes, this is another Black Lives Matter article. 
Given that you’re on GamesRadar, I’m going to guess that you came here for the games. Maybe, you’re a fan of the film section. Either way, you were looking for escapism, and instead, you found the opposite.
But here’s why: on May 25, George Floyd was killed by police officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. On March 13, Breonna Taylor died after being shot eight times by police, who had illegally raided the wrong house. On February 23, Ahmaud Arbery was shot dead while jogging, by two white men. Despite clear video of the killing, it took 74 days to arrest his murderers.
Something needs to change.
Of course, facing such a huge issue can feel overwhelming. It’s easy to assume that one person can’t do much to tackle deep-rooted, systemic racism, when in fact, there’s a huge range of practical steps you can take, and all of them make a difference – even reading this article. So, here’s your guide to fighting racism, supporting the black community, and standing up to police brutality. It’s not quite as much fun as Modern Warfare season 4, or a PS5 reveal, but let’s face it – it’s a lot more important.
Everyday Activities
Everyday activities 
You might be feeling paralysed by the news lately, and unsure of what to do next. That’s why I’m starting with a few straightforward ideas that everyone can incorporate into their day-to-day life – no excuses.
1. Social media support
Something simple anybody can do is post support for Black Lives Matter on social media. It might not seem like much, but public support helps black people know they aren’t fighting alone, reminds racists that others oppose them, and pushes government officials to make a change. If you’re not sure what to say, it’s okay to just say that, or share helpful resources instead – actions speak louder than words.
2. Sign petitions
Another easy way to help is to sign, or start, relevant petitions. It only takes a few seconds, but with enough voices, you can send a powerful statement to power. Here are some important petitions currently open: 
Justice for George FloydGeorge Floyd was killed by police officer Derek Chauvin, after a routine call to investigate a counterfeit banknote. Legally, the police were simply required to question the holder, to try and trace the source of the note; instead, Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes. This petition successfully pushed for charges to be filed against Chauvin, and now seeks the same for the three other officers involved.
https://www.change.org/p/mayor-jacob-frey-justice-for-george-floyd
Justice for Breonna TaylorOn March 13, Kentucky nurse Breonna Taylor was killed by Louisville police as they illegally executed a drug raid in the middle of the night at the wrong address, despite having already arrested the correct individual earlier that day. So far, no police officers have been fired, and investigation has been slow – this petition aims to change that. 
https://www.standwithbre.com
Start your own petitionIn the United Kingdom, you can also start your own petition to the UK Government; if it reaches 10,000 signatures, the government is required to respond, and if it reaches 100,000 signatures, your petition will be considered for a debate in Parliament.
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/new
Be aware of UK government consultations
Similarly, keep an eye on UK government consultations, particularly those labelled “Police powers”, or to do with issues affecting black people. These consultations are how the government weighs up public opinion, so take the time to send in a response.
https://www.gov.uk/search/policy-papers-and-consultations?content_store_document_type=open_consultations&page=1
3. Confront everyday racism
If you witness racism in your daily life, calmly and carefully speak up. If it’s happening in public and you don’t feel safe to step in, document it with your phone, and crucially, offer help afterwards. One of the hardest things about hearing racist comments, or being abused in public, is watching the people around you pretend it isn’t happening. Yes, it can feel awkward to confront friends and family about racist language or opinions, but if you’ve ever suffered through a surprise sex scene with your parents in the room, you can cope with an uncomfortable conversation. After all, if you let racist behaviour go unchecked, you’re allowing it flourish.
4. Be careful about content
Graphic videos and photos of black people being killed are shared so frequently that many people of colour are traumatised; psychologists have documented a rise in PTSD symptoms, including anxiety, feelings of dread, and depression. If you’re sharing explicit content, like a police shooting, make sure you post a clear warning, so people can choose not to watch. Similarly, be careful in conversation – not everyone can cope with talking about police brutality, so don’t dive straight in with distressing details. Most importantly, check in with the black people in your life. There’s a constant stream of incredibly upsetting content right now, so reach out and let them know you’re there if they need support.
Donate
Where to donate

How to hold the police accountable
How can I hold the police accountable? 

Want to protest?
Want to protest?

Learn more
Want to learn more? 

Support for Black people
Where can black people find support? 
It’s a particularly distressing time for black people at the moment, and many people of colour will be under intense stress. So, whether you need help, or want to be able to offer help, here’s a list of self-care resources. However, when Black Lives Matter is no longer a trending topic, please don’t forget that black people experience this level of racism and dehumanisation every single day, so don’t stop checking in.
Firstly, if you need immediate support with suicidal thoughts, here’s a list of global numbers you can call for urgent help: faq.whatsapp.com/en/28030010
Next, turn off video autoplay on Twitter. You don’t need to be repeatedly bombarded with graphic depictions of black death, or police brutality, and continual exposure is linked to poor mental health: www.help.twitter.com/en/using-twitter/twitter-videos
In the UK, black people can take advantage of free therapy services, as well as a network of BAME therapists: www.baatn.org.uk/free-services/
There’s also a free meditation app called Liberate, which has been specifically designed by and for people of colour. It’s the ideal way to switch off, with guided sessions on every aspect of the black experience. 
In addition, online organisations like HealHaus and Ethel’s Club are offering free online sessions for black people, exploring topics like grief, meditation, and healing.
Finally, if you want to understand more about how racial trauma can affect you physically and mentally, PBS has this in-depth piece, and The Conversation put together a list of eight things you should do to support yourself.

#Black #Lives #Matter #Heres


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