Now is Not the Time to Set It Down - Black Lives Matter

Now is Not the Time to Set It Down- Black Lives Matter

 

Now is not the time to Set It Down.

Now is not the time to be silent.

Now is not the time to turn off the news.

Now is not the time to go on with our day and think that racial injustice is a problem for someone else to address.

 

 

Now is the time to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

It is the time to understand and to stand up for those that have been silenced.

It is the time educated our-selves on systemic racism and the discrimination against Blacks, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)

It is the time to support and amplify marginalized voices.

It is the time to donate to organizations that support BIPOC and the fight against racial injustice.

It is the time to rally for racial justice.

It is the time to watch documentaries on racial inequality, the Civil Rights movement, and race in America.

It is the time to read books about systemic racism and institutionalized oppression as well as books on Black achievements and resilience throughout American History.

It is the time to support BIPOC owned businesses.

It is the time to turn our businesses into a real change agent.

 

Set It Down has taken a pause this past week to listen and reflect. We, along with many others, are recognizing our frustration due to the unfair treatment of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Black Lives Matter. We are listening and having the very needed and uncomfortable conversations with friends and family. Systemic Racism needs to be acknowledged, challenged, and changed. Set It Down is committed to building an equitable business and be part of the solution.

 

Since the beginning, Set It Down has been motivated to help individuals. We strive to create a business that contributes to being an agent of change in our homes, the country, and the world. We are committed to the inclusion of all BIPOC individuals and creating racial justice.

 

How will we do this?

 

We will be reviewing our business over the next couple of weeks. In it, we will be looking into our business policies and practices and make sure that our future operations will not contribute to any greater systems that perpetuate inequality. We will also be donating to various organizations that are committed to ending racism and injustice. Set It Down events will be inclusive of all BIPOC and we will make sure that events are serving minority areas throughout the country. That is just the beginning.

 

Now is not the time to set it down. Now is the time to use our devices to educate, donate, and to amplify the voices of those that have been silenced.

Now is Not the Time to Set It Down- Black Lives Matter.

 

Anti-Racism Resources:

Award-Winning Initiative by New York Times Magazine's, The 1619 Project.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness  by Michelle Alexander

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Just Mercy, a film on Bryan Stevenson’s work as a civil rights lawyer on death row in Alabama.

13th, a documentary about the criminal justice system and the racial inequality and discrimination within it. Watch on Netflix.

When they See Us, a series on the Central Park Five. Watch on Netflix.

Code Switch, a podcast by NPR on race.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Antiracist Book Club, an Instagram book club focused on BIPOC authors.

 

Places to Donate:

NAACP, the National Association of Advancement for Colored People organization committed to ending racial injustice and discrimination in the major areas of education, politics, social, and economics.

National Bail Fund Network, an organization "producing tools and resources for organizers using community justice tactics to creatively tackle multiple drivers of criminalization and incarceration— including, but not limited to, money bail, court fees and fines, probation and parole, pretrial detention & supervision, and immigration detention & supervision."