Each time these incidents happen, many of us are left wondering what we can do to support our African-American friends beyond anguished online posts — and in real, meaningful ways.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are some ways that you can support marginalized communities.
Offer support and comfort.
Check up on your friends who don’t look like you when a high-profile tragedy or incident takes place. Affirm that you are there for them in whatever ways they need.
Educate yourself and others
Do your research.
Do what you can to educate yourself before you ask others to explain things to you. There are a wealth of resources available to you online. Google is your friend.
Ask questions when needed.
We’re all learning, and it’s OK to ask questions.
It’s best if the person you’re asking is someone you already have a solid relationship with. And be prepared to accept that some people may not want to discuss those things with you.
Brush up on history.