We need to change. Not only our way of thinking, but our actions. What we buy and who we buy it from is a political decision in itself.
Pitchfork, the music media platform, has provided a list of ways you could help fight racism. You can view them all here. And legendary guitar maker Fender has sent out an email containing a letter from their CEO stating that the world would not be the world if it wasn't for all the various cultures of the globe that make and have made music.
Moment has asked its followers, gear-users, and the learners what their community should do.
YouTube has pledged a million dollars in solidarity, which I would say isn't nearly what they should dish up. If we look at the white supremacy they're continually supporting with monetized channels, they've got a lot of work to do, and they can't keep throwing money at the problem, hoping it will vanish.
Marques Brownlee shares his thoughts at this moment.
Facebook's teams are walking out and are publicly rebelling against and because of Mark Zuckerberg's decision to keep racially discriminatory posts up, and as we know, it's the people who make a company. He pledged $10 million for fighting racial injustice. He's posted about these events, and you can read about them here and here.
What can photographers and video makers do to show they stand against racism, bigotry, and fear-mongering? Can it be a certain project or something you try to showcase in all your work? In my opinion, it's in the creative industries where culture is firstly affected. And culture affects actions, and we need to do that right now.
I am not an American citizen. I am from South Africa, a country with an unfortunate history of apartheid and racism. America has always been the place in view as the ideal, the country you aspire to be like. Now, every country has its faults, and these events showed me that South Africa is not the only country to succumb to the wrath of racism and the deep systemic and global problem it is.
Casey Neistat motivates change.
It should come as a shock, a wake-up call, and a cal to act and be different. So how can we do this? I am no expert, but respect, empowerment, and trade are the basis of any social growth.
No one wants your aid. They want your trade. Support other businesses that you know are making a difference. Be conscious of who the group is selling you the products and services. When you spend your money with them, you empower them, and they can grow their businesses.
2020 has been a year of craziness, and now, it should be us standing up to or for something. When you wake up in the morning, what will you be fighting for? Is it a sense of humanity, your culture, freedom, or peace that you want your children to experience when they go out into the world one day?