We haven’t posted on the blog in awhile. It’s not because we haven’t had much going on (be prepared for a lot of stories coming your way soon) but rather, we didn’t want to post until we could acknowledge what’s going on in our country and the world.
We’ve talked a little about Coronavirus and the impacts it’s had on us but what we haven’t talked about is the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality against the black community. Back in June, we muted our profile, along with many others, to listen and uplift black voices on social media. Once that week was over, so many others were able to put into words what they had learned or the introspection they had experienced during that week. However, it wasn’t something we could fully put into words. What so many acknowledged is that we, as whites, can never actually understand what it means to be black.
So here’s what we want to say. We are continuing to listen to others. We are continuing to do our research, read books, listen to those who so kindly share their experiences with us. We are continuing to have conversations with our families and our friends. In order to be an ally and be actively anti-racist, we must continue to do our part in listening, learning, and communicating. We’d be happy to share resources with anyone who wants to learn more, but honestly, the best thing you can do is to follow those on social media who are using their platforms to educate. Do your research. There is so much information out there that you can access and learn from.
Below is a list of a few starting points we used that can be beneficial to anyone actively trying to listen and learn.
“White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism”
8 Can’t Wait. (follow @campaignzero for more information)
Defund the Police.
Racial Disparities in Education.
What is White Privilege?
Follow those who want to educate on social media: @ohhappydani, @thelovelandfoundation, @rachelcargle, @blackvisionscollective, @glographics, @jessicawilson.msrd, @blackandembodied, @courtneyahndesign (& so many more)
Obviously this is a very small list, but like we noted, it’s a starting point. We are still educating ourselves and will continue to do so. We can’t act as experts on the subject and won’t try to be. We will, however, continue to do the work to be anti-racist and share information we find helpful on social media. We welcome any discussion and please, comment below with any information that you used as an education piece.
Ali + Kate