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OTR business owner offers ways to help aid protests, African American community

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Posted at 6:25 AM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 10:15:33-04

CINCINNATI — As protests over the death of George Floyd continue across the country, a business owner in Over-the-Rhine is helping customers find ways to support the protests, as well as the African American community.

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A boarded-up window to the store Idlewild Woman on Vine Street reads, "Racism is real. Silence is compliance." Right next to the sign are sheets of paper labeled "Resources," which people are encouraged to take.

The resources include ways to donate to bail and legal funds for protesters arrested across the country, a list of black-owned businesses in Cincinnati you can support and an anti-racism "crash course."

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Tessa Clark, the manager of Idlewild Woman, said she recognizes her privilege as a white woman, and she wants to bring attention to some of the problems the African American community faces, locally and nationally.

"And we knew that we could not be silent," Clark said. "There are bigger issues happening… we feel strongly about the black people in our community."

You can visit this website to view a digital version of the list of resources available outside of Idlewild Woman.

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▪️Email template for officials
▪️List of black-owned businesses
▪️Anti-Racism Crash Course

... and more.

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