This post is part of my response to the George Floyd protests.
Here in the U.S. where $$$ all too often matters more than other concerns, we can vote with our wallets as well as at the ballot box. Below are a few links I’ve found helpful.
- The Black Wallet exists to promote, educate, and inspire Black businesses, their owners and the Black community at-large. Find Black-owned businesses with their app.
- Copycat Chic has a list of design, home goods, cosmetics etc. businesses owned by Blacks.
- Emily Henderson’s design blog created a list of Black-owned home décor businesses.
- Etsy has highlighted some Black-owned shops on their platform.
- Nora Jemisin (who’s my favorite living author, by the way) started a tweet thread of Black published speculative fiction authors.
- Literary Hub has a list of Black-owned independent bookstores across U.S. and a few online-only ones. Note: I haven’t checked all of the stores, but so far I’ve found SFFnal titles at Kizzy’s Books & More and Books and Crannies. Followup: I’ve now ordered twice from Books & Crannies. No problems whatsoever; orders have taken 9-16 days to arrive, which isn’t too bad for warehouse fulfils (i.e., something you don’t have on the premises) during a pandemic. A+, will be ordering again.
- NILE is a another list of Black-owned businesses, founded and owned by a Black woman.
- This tweet thread by the Sirens conference lists just some Black female, trans and non-binary SFF authors to support.
- The folks at Young House Love have collected a long list of Black-owned businesses (cosmetics, jewelry, clothing, homewares, textiles, art, services, food, etc.).
One more thing to note, though, for maximizing your effect: consistency.
We all know that long-term attention is a factor in getting the best results. Make supporting someone as easy as possible for you: use a calendar, app, membership platform, shopping club, whatever might work best for you. And keep at it.
Finally, here’s a non-shopping-related bonus entry from the Southern Poverty Law Center: a long list of circumstances with clear, concise examples (once you narrow down to a specific situation) for responding to bigotry in everyday situations.
Anything else you’d add? Please share! There are plenty of lists out there depending on your interests.
Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.