George Floyd’s death and the protests that quickly followed are reminders that injustice prevails.
By Jackie B. Peterson
Protesters are making their voices heard – once again – because equity has not been achieved. COVID-19 has already disproportionately affected the black community’s health, and the resultant economic downturn impacted it even more (read this article in TIME about how black-owned businesses have been impacted). There is much work to be done. One thing that people – white people – can do, is listening to the black community. And learn. Visit the Black Lives Matter main website for important information. Visit Black Lives Matter PDX to check out the forum.
Black PDX: Guide to black-owned businesses, non-profit organizations
Supporting black-owned businesses
Patronizing black-owned businesses is certainly a step in the right direction. Here’s a sample of black-owned businesses in Portland, Oregon:
Oregon Women’s Health Network – Della Rae, owner. Produces topic-driven events that empower women.
Insure-EZ – Henri Cross, owner. Health Insurance broker.
Junk It – Michelle & Dupree Carter, owners. Waste management, environmental services.
Aeon Visual – Creative Company
Abby Creek Winery – Earth to Glass Winery
FC Hurdle Consulting – Strategic consulting and coaching for private and public institutions.
Non-profits that help people of color in Portland
A partial list of organizations focused on helping the Portland black community are listed below.
Africa House (part of IRCO) – Helps immigrants and refugees from African countries.
My Word is My Bond – Builds strong relationships between Black men and law enforcement.
Black Parent Initiative – Helping families achieve financial, educational, and spiritual success.
Listening and Learning
White people, nurture your diverse friendships. Ask meaningful questions and listen and learn. One to one conversations can be valuable. Here’s a list of resources (from the New York Times) white parents can use to raise non-prejudiced children:
Make fighting racism a part of your daily life
Many people have been taking action before George Floyd’s death. People of color face racism, and have faced this, every day of their lives for the last 400 years. It’s important to keep conversations going, stay aware, and speak up when needed.
No justice, no peace.
Co-written with Michelle Walch, Wellness/Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Copywriter www.michellewalch.com Thank you Michelle Barrows Carter for information about the non-profits.