What Comes Next?

It has been a heavy two weeks, but the listening, learning, and educating has just begun. 

I’m never going to get things right, but as the social media and news coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement becomes fleeting (as with any movement), I sure as hell am going to do everything I possibly can to educate myself, have those hard conversations, and take action against racism so I can be a better ally. 

As I commit to use my privilege for good and continue this lifelong journey of learning and being an ally, I wanted to share how I will be taking action moving forward, both in my personal life and on the blog. 

How I’m Taking Action

I promise to be more conscious of the brands I support // These last two weeks have been a wake-up call regarding the brands I have been shopping and supporting for years, or have added items to my wishlist from. There are so many that do not support Black lives and starting immediately, I will not be supporting them. Moving forward, I will be more conscious of the brands that I support and doing my research before making a purchase. I will also be more conscious of supporting Black-owned businesses and cannot wait to share the list I am working on with you!

I promise to continue to listen and learn // If there is one thing I’ve heard in the last two weeks, it’s that I still have a lot to learn. And thanks to social media, there have been so many incredible resources shared so we call all become better allies. 

It can be overwhelming figuring out where to start, but this list of resources is incredible, I just started the 1619 podcast by the New York Times, I’ve ordered several books to read (sharing more on these in the next few weeks!) and I am also continuing to share other resources I’ve found on Instagram. 

I promise to share more diverse content on my blog // I’ll be the first person to admit that the content I share on my blog isn’t diverse. It’s about me, it’s about brands that highlight women that look like me, and that’s not okay. I should be sharing content that highlights brands and individuals from diverse backgrounds. Heck, my social feeds should be more diverse as well. As I plan out content for the future, I’m working on incorporating diverse brands and creators into that content. I’m taking a hard look at the brands and creators I’m following on social media and am diversifying the content I take in when scrolling. Some of my favorite black content creators to follow? @gabbywhiten, @ayanagabriellelage, @ruthieridley, and @venitaaspen!

I promise to make donations and sign petitions // In addition to learning, I will also be continuing to support the organizations that are fighting for change in this country. I’ve committed to making monthly donations to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and also supporting organizations such as Black Lives Matter, ACLU, and Color Of Change.

If you cannot make monetary donations, signing petitions is such a great way to support Black lives. A few I’ve already sign include  Justice for Breonna Taylor, Justice for George Floyd, Justice for Regis, and National Action Against Police Brutality.

Please let me know what you are doing to help, what you are reading, and how you’re being a better ally. Having these conversations and listening to your thoughts is very important to me.

Hello, Her is a Boston-based life and style blog by Rachel Martin covering topics including style, beauty, travel, and everything in between.

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17 Comments

  1. Acknowledging and learning is the first step. I am glad a lot of us are taking that direction. I hope some long term change and progress comes out of this upheaval.

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    Posted 6.10.20 Reply
    • Rachel wrote:

      Yes, I agree!

      Posted 6.11.20 Reply
  2. Rach wrote:

    Definitely has been a learning experience and really glad that people can now acknowledge and talk about race and racism. From my experience, whenever I try to, it felt so taboo So hopefully we all can learn and move forward and be part of the change.

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    Posted 6.10.20 Reply
    • Rachel wrote:

      YES! I have been trying to strike up conversations about what’s going on any time I have the chance so that I can continue my education and support anti-racism.

      Posted 6.11.20 Reply
  3. Thank you for taking the time to reflect and take action on how you can be more impactful with your content and purchasing power. Have recently been highlighting black owned small businesses and resources but all is still a work in progress! xoxo, Sarah

    Posted 6.11.20 Reply
    • Rachel wrote:

      We’re all working on using our privilege to help support the Black community and I’m so glad that we are able to educate ourselves, and support our peers!

      Posted 6.11.20 Reply
  4. Laura Leigh wrote:

    Yes, yes, yes to all of this! Absolutely love this post gal and your plans moving forward!

    xo Laura Leigh
    https://louellareese.com

    Posted 6.11.20 Reply
    • Rachel wrote:

      Thanks Laura Leigh!

      Posted 6.11.20 Reply
  5. Lizzie wrote:

    Thank you for sharing this. I think it’s important that we keep up the momentum.

    Lizzie
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    Posted 6.11.20 Reply
    • Rachel wrote:

      Yes, I agree!

      Posted 6.11.20 Reply
  6. rebecca wrote:

    definitely going to be doing these things as well! I am looking forward to sharing more content from businesses of color and have discovered so many great new men and women to follow!

    Posted 6.11.20 Reply
    • Rachel wrote:

      Can’t wait to see what types of content you push out!

      Posted 6.11.20 Reply
  7. Stephanie wrote:

    It’s been such an incredible season for unlearning and relearning what I’ve known throughout my life. I’m grateful for the vocal individuals putting out information that was crucial for me to expand my knowledge. I’ve always been grateful that I was raised in an anti-racist home, with a diverse group of friends, and the encouragement to learn beyond what was just in history textbooks. This made me want to continue that journey all the more! My Gmail inbox has just been filled with petition confirmations and such for days now, and I’m going to continue with that and so much more!

    Posted 6.11.20 Reply
    • Rachel wrote:

      It’s been such a weird time, but I’m so glad we are able to easily access the resources to continue our education.

      Posted 6.11.20 Reply
  8. Greta wrote:

    I’ve been listening to White Fragility on audio and Ruthie Ridley’s podcast. Those have been two great things to listen to while I continue to research and learn.

    Posted 6.11.20 Reply
    • Rachel wrote:

      I ordered White Fragility a few weeks ago and can’t wait to read it! Ruthie Ridley’s podcast (and her in general!) is GOLD!

      Posted 6.11.20 Reply
  9. Kristina wrote:

    Thank you for sharing- such a strange time for our country but hopefully things will change soon!

    Posted 6.26.20 Reply