After the brutal and tragic murder of George Floyd and other innocent black lives such as Breonna Taylor, many were sick and tired of the oppression the black people of our world have had and continue to face.
And thus, the Black Lives Matter movement was back in action after its founding in 2013. BLM campaigns against brutality and systemic racism towards black people. It is a chance to speak out against violence, brutality, and oppression towards the black community.
The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter was used on social media platforms as a way to spread awareness. There have been numerous protests all over the globe speaking out on these injustices, specifically against police brutality. We at United By Pop stand with BLM and the black community and encourage everyone with a platform to speak up. We’ve gathered a list of some of our favorite celebrities and what they have done for BLM — and what YOU can do, as well.
Some celebrities who have been actively using their platform to spread awareness, include Halsey, Yungblud, Billie Eilish, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande, Elijah Daniel, Melanie Martinez, Sierra Deaton, Sabrina Carpenter, and many others.
Halsey, Yungblud, and Ariana have been spreading awareness and speaking out from the moment this began. All of them have been actively present on social media by posting petitions, educating those around them, and attending multiple protests.
talk about this in your homes. Talk to your friends and family. Show them photos. Say his name. If your loved ones have the privilege to “stay away from that kind of news” take that fucking privilege away. #BlackLivesMatter #GeorgeFloyd
— h (@halsey) May 28, 2020
united are voices
united are the screams
united are the colours
not just in our dreams
this is a moment to ourselves we must see.
this is a moment to ourselves we must speak. #BLACK_LIVES_MATTER 🖤 pic.twitter.com/IAR0hFndcl
— YUNGBLUD’s on mars (@yungblud) May 31, 2020
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again, i ask my followers to please keep signing these petitions, making donations if u are able to, continue having conversations w family and friends about racism (overt and covert) and the senseless acts of murder that happen in this country far too often, please keep reading up, following accounts on here (i will recommend some!) to keep u updated and learning and sharing links and resources.. our black friends need us to show up and to be better and to be vocal. now more than ever. online. offline even more so. this is more than a post. we have to show up. there is work that needs to be done and it is absolutely on us to do it. #blacklivesmatter here are some accounts i’ve followed that have helped me understand more about my privilege and how to use it to help others. @privtoprog @rachel.cargle @thegreatunlearn @blklivesmatter please feel free to recommend some more as well in my comments.
Each of the members of 5 Seconds of Summer has spoken out, providing resources to donate to, petitions to sign, and what fans can do as non-black/POC allies. Calum and Michael took to Twitter to post threads including petitions and information while Ashton and Luke continued to share resources and threads on their Twitter/Instagram pages. The boys are also close with activist Kenidra Woods (who we 110% recommend you check out, as her words are incredibly powerful and moving) and even did a live stream with her to help amplify her voice.
Here is a thread put together in which helped me pinpoint and isolate my privilege from a white & socioeconomic standpoint. To gain more knowledge on the root of ingrained systemic racism. Better helping one understand how they can use their voice and actions more effectively–
— Calum Hood (@Calum5SOS) June 1, 2020
— michael clifford (@Michael5SOS) May 30, 2020
Elijah has probably been the most prominent in speaking out and spreading awareness, slamming the racists, and being online 25/8 to share information. His whole Twitter page is enough said, and we applaud him for that.
So now that you’ve seen what some of the people you look up to have done, what can you do too? How are you going to take initiative and follow in their footsteps towards greater change?
Well for starters, going through each of the listed celebs’ feeds will definitely give you some important information to educate yourself on as well as numerous donation links and petitions to sign. Educating yourself on the topic and using that knowledge to speak out is incredibly important.
Don’t stay silent; If you have a platform, then use it. Stand with your black friends and community. Spread awareness.
One of the best places you can look to for information on BLM, protests, petitions, and places to donate is the Ways To Help carrd. It includes resources on everything you need to know and is updated regularly. Another amazing source is the official Black Lives Matter website that has amazing information on everything BLM stands for and ways you can help.
And of course, social media. Now, usually social media isn’t a reliable source people turn to for factual resources, but lately, it’s been the place to find accounts of real experiences by real people.
Try and take the conversation off of social media by talking about it with your family, friends, etc. Make sure people are getting trustworthy, real, and relevant information. And with that, keep voicing your beliefs, and keep fighting for what you believe in. Always.
We stand with the BLM movement, and we will fight for as long as it takes — and you should too.