It’s Black Friday, or the day after the Thanksgiving holiday. While yesterday was a #NationalDayOfMourning for many, today is often a chance for people who celebrate the day to dive into left-overs, relax with family, and for many of us, shop ’til we drop. While we are buying presents for loved ones and ourselves, whether we are overjoyed or overwhelmed, let us keep in mind a few ways that we can #StayBlack amidst the holiday hoopla and the political tension that has been mounting in this country for months.
1. When you buy, #BuyBlack
There are so many ways to make sure the gifts you give empower the black community. Check out these 45 black owned Etsy stores to stuff stockings and share cute trinkets with loved ones. Also, EBONY has a great list to help you support Black businesses. Gift giving can ultimately feel empty if you know your money is just going to corporations, so fight the power and buy from black entrepreneurs this year.
2. Give With Intention
Instead of focusing on material things, you can also put your money to good use by giving back to the community through donations or by spending time volunteering. The holidays can be a tough time for many people, so consider giving your time and money to those in need.
You can start by supporting the Sacred Stone Camp, for water protectors at the Dakota Access Pipeline site, via their Amazon wishlist. Or, give to activists and organizers like Black Youth Project 100. Donate to a local food pantry, prepare meals for those who cannot spend a holiday with their families, and compile baskets of toys for kids in need.
3. Spend Time with Your Family
We all need to be reminded that we have family (and/or chosen family) that loves us and wants to spend time with us. This is especially important for LGBTQIA+ folx who are too often isolated from their families and excluded from mainstream notions of love.
To push back against this, go see your grandma, hug your dad, let your friends know that you care about them and are happy to see them this holiday season. Black families matter (of all kinds), so make sure to build up your kinfolk and your skinfolk.
4. Love Yourself
Being black in America can be really tiring and discouraging, especially if you feel you are continually fighting the powers that be. This holiday season, do not forget yourself in your quest to help others. Spend some time with yourself and reconnect with who you are and what you want in life. (This includes focusing on self-care and mental health). Think about what empowers you, and what gives you hope. Then get back out there and always #StayBlack.