My 12-year-old son and I created ILoveABlackMan.com because we were sick and tired of seeing Black men get killed, while feeling like, at any moment, one of us could be next. My name is Colin — I'm a proud Jamaican-American, Yale graduate, MIT graduate, inventor with 4 patents, small-business entrepreneur, and father of two amazing boys. Do I matter?
The fact is, Black Americans (especially young Black men) are several times more likely to be killed by police and live in poverty than White Americans, according to a Harvard study and a Congressional report; and unfortunately these racial disparities seem to have increased during the coronavirus pandemic. For years, my son and I have watched countless news clips of unarmed, young Black men being killed by bad people, unjustifiably and discompassionately. And, in 2020, we winced at vivid footage of the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks (to name a few) that sparked nationwide protests.
What could we do? You may have asked yourself the same question. ILoveABlackMan.com aims to bridge the racial divide by making it easier for everyone to get to know African American men — our unique life stories, cultural differences, personalities, values, interests, dreams, and struggles — and to show them kindness by sending uplifting care packages.
Watching those videos of so many Black men being killed made me want to 'flip the script,' defy the negative stereotypes, and show my son that we can do great things; do something good and positive, in order to make millions of African American men and boys feel like they matter... like we matter. We were yearning for a way to feature Black men in a positive light; a way for others to get to know Black men, understand us, and realize that we are not all superhuman. We are just human, and we deserve to live, to thrive, and to be happy.
Most importantly, we wanted to give people an easy way to show some love and kindness to a Black man; not just say Black lives matter, but show it. Comedian Dave Chappelle explains it eloquently: ❝It's called the kindness conspiracy — random acts of kindness for Black people. Do something nice for a Black person just because they're Black... The same way, all them years, they did terrible things to Black people just because they're Black, and they didn't deserve it.❞
With ILoveABlackMan.com, now it's easy to do random acts of kindness, send an uplifting care package, make a difference in someone's life, and feel great about it. Here's how it works...
Being kind has huge benefits, and there's science to prove it. Watch this short video for more info:
Watch this funny clip by Dave Chappelle to learn all about his kindness conspiracy concept:
Yes, absolutely. We welcome all people, including White people and non-Black people of color, to join us and perform random acts of kindness for Black people. As an ally for Black lives, you can make a difference. Send a care package now.
Create a private Facebook event on your computer, and invite your friends to a "kindness party" at your home or online, where you can celebrate the random acts of kindness that you and your friends have done for others.
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Here are 10 examples in no particular order. Choose your top 3 recipients:
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