Educate Yourself Through Your Feed – BLQK
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Educate Yourself Through Your Feed

Meet our series where we share Instagram accounts to follow as we educate ourselves about racial and social justice.

Why is educating ourselves so important?

One of the best ways to be an ally to the racial justice movement (or any movement for justice) is to get good at educating yourself. Like brewing the perfect cup of coffee, educating ourselves takes time and practice (but it’s always worth it).

Before any of us can be useful in supporting racial justice efforts, we need to learn some basics of how we can help, and how we can continue growing and learning to become more helpful over time.

If people don’t learn about systemic racism and injustice, they can’t help end it.

 

coffee ritual

 

For hundreds of years, marginalized people who have worked hard to end systemic racism have written, sung, spoken, and demonstrated with the goal of teaching the rest of society what the problems are and how we can all come together to fix them.

Most of these voices have been ignored, or worse, silenced. Systemic racism is threatened by the power of these voices, so it is designed to ensure that they are not heard. 

But this is 2020, and it’s getting harder to silence these voices now that we have incredible new ways to communicate and share them.

If we all use the resources available to us to learn about systemic racism and injustice, for the first time, we can truly work together to make the world more just. One of the easiest ways to start learning is by following a variety of activists, organizers, thinkers and creatives on social media.

 

masked protest

 

Once a week, BLQK will be sharing an instagram account that we recommend following as we work to educate ourselves through curating our feed.

We think of this as a part of our ritual, just like our morning coffee or our exercise regimen. Educating ourselves isn’t a crash course that we can rush through and be done with. It is something we can integrate into our daily rituals.

This is not about being educated - it is about staying educated.

No matter who we are, we are all learning, and we can all benefit from hearing voices that are often overlooked.

It’s important to note that there’s a lot of overlap between the people who are most affected by systemic injustice, and the people who are working hardest to end it. It is hard, emotional work that they don’t get to go home from at the end of the day. It is work that is directly related to the most personal parts of their lives. So, when they speak about their work to make this world a better place, they deserve to be heard.

 

See our first featured account in this series.

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