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.