How to Be White on Social Media In Five Easy Steps
1. STAY STRONG.
There’s a tremendous amount of trauma fatigue among folks of color and we need to rally hard. This is an all-hands-on-deck time.
2. SAY SOMETHING.
Even if it’s just “I AM SO UPSET AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY.” The main thing is, don’t be silent. Silence is the voice of complicity. “I don’t use social media for this type of thing” is not an acceptable response. Staying silent about racism supports racism. ALL TOOLS MUST BE USED. Again, ALL HANDS ON DECK. If you’re looking at being active on your social media accounts, make sure you’re using a password manager. Don’t leave your account in a vulnerable state. It will be an easy target once you start posting.
If you’re looking to use the platform to get your voice heard on a range of causes you believe in that you think need to be shared more widely, you could consider looking into something like an Instagram growth service to boost your influence and reach on the site. Organic growth is what you’ll want, not a service that underdelivers or offers fake followers – Nitreo can provide a way of building a hyper-engaged audience.
At the very least, you can share the link to donate to the historic black church:
3. EXAMINE THE WHITENESS OF YOUR NEWSFEED.
If it’s full of animal videos and white people doing their hobbies (wow, we really do love our hobbies don’t we), get some black voices up in there. It’s easy, just search the hashtag #blacklivesmatter and hit the FOLLOW [not friend] button. Like their stuff. It will bump it up in your friends’ newsfeeds and then other people get to hear more black perspectives.
MAY I SUGGEST THESE FINE PEOPLE:
There’s even a Facebook group for white people with Do’s and Don’ts!
4. READ UP
about structural racism and white privilege. Like a minimum of 3-5 articles this weekend. Start here:
Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack << A CLASSIC! Still stands up. Like that movie Dirty Dancing we love so much. http://soulascriptura.com/2015/06/allies-the-time-for-your-silence-has-expired/
5. COMMIT TO BEING UNCOMFORTABLE.
Do not tag out. Don’t just share that Jon Stewart clip and start your weekend. Don’t just pray. We don’t get to just pray, just like they didn’t get to just pray. We get to come back again, and again, and again, and be uncomfortable. Like the yoga we love so much. It’s time we stretch into a new shape. Respond to the friend who comments about the Confederate flag. Engage with your cousin who thinks it’s all about “mental illness” and not about white supremacy terrorism. Commit to the understanding we’re part of the problem, we cannot be absolved, and that’s ok.
This is the real work, the work that isn’t ever done. This is just for starters.