An Updated Guide to Showing Up for BLM as a Columbia Student
By Jenny Zhu on
Jun 02, 20204 Comments
Even with the many Google Docs of information out there right now, there are still some resources that fall through the cracks when it comes to supporting BLM. We’ve collected an updated list of fundraisers, readings, businesses to support, classes to take, and more – to help guide you as a Columbia student in your support.
Note: If your club currently matches donations, please reach out to us over social, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write in the comments below so we can keep this list updated.
Where to donate:
Many organizations (such as Minnesota freedom fund) have been overwhelmed with donations. Here are some smaller-scale efforts you can send money to.
Columbia ADI is matching all donations up to $1000. Send receipts of your donation to email@example.com.
Columbia Armenian Society is matching donations up to $200 to SemiColon, Chicago’s only bookstore owned by a Black woman. Send screenshots of your donation to @columbiaarmenians on Instagram or to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Facebook post linked here)
The Blue and White is matching donations up to $610 when you donate to the Justice for Breonna Taylor GoFundMe, Homeless Black Trans Women Fund, the Official George Floyd Memorial Fund, or any bail fund of your choice. Just email your receipt to email@example.com.
If you can’t donate, stream this video to support (with AdBlock off) – all the adsense money from the video goes directly to BLM. You must watch the whole video while logged in, with 50% volume at higher and at least 480p, for it to work.
Black-owned businesses and restaurants to support:
During the regular school year, we Columbia students live near and benefit from the Black communities in Harlem. Supporting BLM extends beyond just a single moment. Here are some Black-owned restaurants near Columbia to support/order takeout from regularly.
Classes at Columbia to take to better understand structural racism and its effects:
Politics of Crime & Policing, Matthew Vaz
Economics of Race, Brendan O’Flaherty
Any course with Premilla Nadasen, who specializes in race, gender, social policy, and labor and intersectional history.
Any course in the race and ethnicity department can also be informative, in particular:
Disease and Difference (a new CSER course offering, professor TBD)
Critical Approaches to Ethnicity and Race, Jennifer Lee
Speculative Fiction and Racial Justice, Sayantani DasGupta
Whiteness: Sentiment and Political Belonging, Catherine Fennell
Race and Racisms (offered in spring 2021)
General note: If you’re non-black and taking these classes, be careful to listen to Black voices, but do not rely on Black students to educate you (that’s what the professor and teaching assistants are there for). Be aware of the space you’re taking up in class; make sure you’re not denying vocalized Black experiences.
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