The conversations are finally changing. We are finally starting to see massive shifts in social norms and in peoples’ support for critical movements and necessary change. As a result, we are seeing brands, celebrities and influencers who are stepping up to support what they view as just.
One brand that has been unapologetically vocal about all social justice movements, is none other than Ben & Jerry’s. Since 2005 this ice cream brand has been speaking out about everything from oil drilling in the Arctic to Occupy Wall Street to peaceful resistance against the Trump administration. Just the same, Ben and Jerry’s has been extremely vocal against the injustices that our Black community faces. With clear messages all over their website and social pages such as “We Must Dismantle White Supremacy” and “Silence is NOT an Option” we know exactly where this brand stands.
Even celebrities are gaining more and more momentum with their public support against the atrocities created by police brutality. In a recent interview with Billboard magazine Parton relayed how she took out the word “Dixie” from the Civil-War themed dinner attraction in her theme park in Tennessee and Missouri. “As soon as you realize that something is a problem, you should fix it. Don't be a dumbass.” In the interview, she also stated, “of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little White asses are the only ones that matter? No!"
Lastly, social media influencers have also been making more social justice waves than ever before. The Aura Weaver, who travels through different cities and all around Atlanta taking images of our community’s auras, has dedicated her platform to spreading awareness for the Black Lives Matter movement. She has posted aura images of Breonna Taylor, Oluwatoyin Salau, George Floyd, and other innocent victims who were murdered at the hands of our corrupt system. These powerful tributes are helping to spread the messages even further.
We have to keep amplifying our words as powerfully as we can and for as long as we can. This violent system was not built overnight and it will not go under overnight. It will require each and every one of us to stand up for what we believe in. We have to be unapologetic, unfiltered, and blatant in our stance. Silence is violence. Keep protesting, keep having uncomfortable conversations, keep donating, keep amplifying, and most importantly keep going.
Image Credit: Charlie Watts: AURA Weaver
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