How To Be a BIPOC Ally + Support Local Black Businesses

Ed. note: Both Sarah Shiplett and Alexis Maycock collaborated on the resources found below, and CCM is grateful for these two women who partnered on such an important topic!

Identifying yourself as “not racist” isn’t enough anymore. It is time to change the narrative to be anti-racist, i.e., being informed, anti-racist citizens. If you don’t know where to start, but have an inkling it’s time to do something more to be a BIPOC ally, here are some resources to check out today.

Petition. Donate. Educate. Read. Follow. Listen. Support.

Petition.

Sign the petition for justice for George Floyd. With over 12 million signatures, this is the biggest U.S. petition of all time. Be a part of history.

Change.org

Act & Donate Today!

  • Call District Attorney Michael Freeman at (612) 324-4499 and demand all four officers be charged and convicted.
  • Contact your Congresspeople and ask them to support Reps. Ilhan Omar’s, D-Minn., and Ayanna Presley’s, D-Mass., resolution condemning police brutality.

Below are more funds, non-profits, and committees to support through monetary donations and actions you can take from home.

Awareness & Education.

Several resources on understanding how to be a BIPOC ally, how to communicate with your children on the topic of race, and much more.

Books.

A plethora of books to further increase knowledge and empathy.

Follow.

Social media is rife with activists, thought leaders, influencers, and more who all are working hard to change how black people are represented in society.

Listen.

A great list of podcasts to learn from!

Support Local Black Businesses.

Finally, it starts in our local community. Support black-owned businesses right here in Collin County.

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Alexis is a wife and mom to two amazing girls, Maylin (13) and Malia (3). She and her family are recent transplants to North Texas from Michigan. Alexis is a content writer and copywriter. She blogs over at Motherhood Menageries where she helps moms to thrive in the midst of the sometimes chaos of motherhood through positive parenting solutions. An active PTA member at her daughter’s middle school, Alexis is passionate about diversity and inclusion in education and youth advocacy. When she is not writing and spending time with her family. You can find her discovering new local restaurants and frequenting local bookstores. She also enjoys a hot cup of coffee, a classic novel, a glass of wine, and some charcuterie!

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  1. Changes start with action. Thank you for your initiative. Keep me posted on events and volunteer opportunities.

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