We stand with the Black community.

You matter. Your lives matter.

We hear you, we see you. 

In support of the fight for social justice and equal rights for the Black community, AEO and the AEO Foundation are proud to pledge $500,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice, seeking criminal justice reform, voting rights access, education equity, and an end to systemic bias and racism.

In addition to this pledge, AEO will match associates who also choose to donate, up to $100,000.

Below, we have shared a list of resources, curated by our own associates, that highlights the voices and work of activists, leaders, artists and creatives. Please use this to help educate, inspire and empower.

The more we understand systemic racism the more we can take action.

Not just in this moment. Always.

Sign the below petitions at
Raise the Degree
Hands Up Act
George Floyd
Breonna Taylor
Ahmaud Arbery

Send a message to your congressional representative


Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
by Reni Eddo-Lodge

The New Jim Crow
by Michelle Alexander

Me and White Supremacy
by Layla F. Saad

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
by Beverly Daniel Tatum

How to Be an Antiracist
by Ibram X. Kendi

Well-Read Black Girl
by Glory Edim

Redefining Realness
by Janet Mock

Black Feminist Thought
by Patricia Hill Collins

So You Want to Talk About Race
by Ijeoma Oluo

White Fragility
by Robin DiAngelo

Fruitvale Station | Ryan Coogler
American Son | Kenny Leon
13th | Ava DuVernay 
Dear White People | Justin Simien
When They See Us | Ava DuVernay
If Beale Street Could Talk | Barry Jenkins
The Hate You Give | George Tillman Jr.
Clemency | Chinonye Chukwu
Just Mercy | Destin Daniel Cretton
I Am Not Your Negro | Raoul Peck

1619 (New York Times)
Hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones

About Race
Hosted by Anna Holmes, Baratunde Thurston, Raquel Cepeda and Tanner Colby

Code Switch (NPR)
Hosted by Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby

The Diversity Gap
Hosted by Bethaney Wilkinson

Intersectionality Matters!
Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
Hosted by Chevon Drew and Hiba Elyass

Pod For The Cause
Hosted by Ashley Allison

Pod Save The People
Hosted by DeRay Mckesson

We have always considered ourselves REAL.

And by REAL we mean we know there’s still a lot to learn and a lot of work to do.

We are having open, raw, honest conversations with our leadership and associates about systemic bias, racism and racial violence so we can further reflect and learn more about what changes we can make as a brand. 

Not just in this moment. Always.

We know nothing will be enough until there is REAL change in our world and that starts from looking within ourselves and our brand. Together we stand with the Black community and pledge our dedication to the fight against systemic racism.

Not just in this moment. Always.

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  1. Shawna

    wow, thank you for this. I know we have a long way to go, but it is encouraging to see big name retailers like aerie, who have a large platform, speak out against racism and provide these resources. I have gotten more conscious about where I shop bc I do not want to support stores (big or small) that I find unethical or that do not even try to be ethical at all. I hope aerie continues to speak out against injustice and continues to search for solid (not performative) ways to be a force for good in this world.
    – S

  2. Anima

    Thank you Aerie for taking action and standing with us.

  3. Leslie Morris

    Thank you so much for this !!! American Eagle and Arie are my favorite places to shop….BUT….now you have taken a very real meaningful step outside your store to share how your company really feels about what is happening in the world and I applaud you for that !! I have not seen this happen before in the world retail but I always knew you are GOOD PEOPLE. Thank you so very much !!!

    1. Aerie

      Thank YOU for sharing the love, Leslie! We appreciate you being so #AerieREAL!

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