la première méthode

The first method is action.  Action is thought put in motion.  You can take action in so many ways.  There are a great deal of things one can do to support the BLM movement and other people you care about in your community, other than handing over fistfuls of cash (which, while always nice, isn’t always the most ethical or practical method of charity for many people who live modestly).

I try to put my money where my mouth is.  And when I don’t have a whole bunch of disposable income (for whatever reason—high electric bill that month, need new tires, have to take a vacation to Belize for 5 years…whatever) I try to use my actions.  

A popular action, and a rather easy and doable one for most people, is social media.  I know, I know.  Cringe.  Yuck.  You may be thinking eff Zuckerburg and Bezos and all those people…I get it.  Trust me, I get that.  It may seem frivolous or hopeless to use this medium to stand for something other than the selfie or the occasional sharing of an article, but hear me out.

Tonight, on social media, I came across a list of black-owned restaurants in my hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia.  And if you know what’s been going on there since Thomas Jefferson’s days–more specifically since August 12, 2017–this a great opportunity to show your solidarity and support to these businesses and to patronize in any way.  To my local friends: you can order from many of them through their websites or on GrubHub, DoorDash, Uber Eats, etc. (Directly from the source is always the best, though, as many other third parties charge delivery fees and don’t always pay their employees fair wage.)   I am in the midst of going through the list and following them on various social media accounts and “liking/sharing” their posts.  Why does this matter?  For a small business this makes all the difference.  Beating the algorithm and getting good reviews is the new “word of mouth,” which, everyone knows is the best advertising method there is for a business.  .    I guess, sharing really is caring, after all.  

So, tonight, as the first method to damn The Man, and Save the Empire go research African American owned businesses in your locality and buy from them, share their products, gift their products, tip them extra, donate anonymously, etc, etc.  Like them on Facebook.  Comment on Instagram.  Retweet them on Twitter.  You get the picture.  Take some action.  And bonus points if you got my reference to Empire Records.

xx km

  • Excuse my French.  Literally.  la première méthode means the first method.  I’m brushing up on my kindergarten level french via Duolingo (funny story…I work right next door to them!  It’s Pittsburgh based.) and am trying to use ma langue francaise mal compétences (that translates to “my French language bad skills” if that gives you an idea of what I mean) as much as possible, so yeah…deal with it.

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