Mondays are usually my list of distractions but it felt wildly inappropriate to post anything meant to be distracting at all today. Distractions are just not the point right now. So today we’re going to talk a little, and next Monday you’ll get double the distractions.
A Few Thoughts
Like many of you, I spent the weekend feeling sad and heartbroken (and helpless!) over George Floyd’s murder. I spent a lot of yesterday thinking about ways that I can help. I thought a lot about the words “ally” and “advocate,” and what they mean and how I can do a better job at being both of those things to people of color. I’ve been spending a lot of time researching organizations to support, small Black-owned businesses, Black authors, anti-racist books, Black artists, and so on and so forth. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing posts about all of those things. Some of these posts may take me a little while; as you may notice (like with beauty products for example) I like to do my research and be really thoughtful about anything I post here. But they’re coming.
In the meantime, here are four things I’m implementing immediately. I am not perfect, I’m still learning every day, but I know these things will add up. You will notice this list is concrete; I wanted to set some hard, actionable goals for myself (and my readers, hoping you will join me for some of these!) I posted an instagram yesterday but want to share a bit more detail here.
one // I will use my blog as a place to highlight more people of color.
Especially Black women. I’ll highlight my favorite authors, small businesses, artists. etc. This week you’ll see a list of my favorite books by women of color and a guide to my favorite Black-owned small businesses. Next week you’ll see a list of anti-racist books and a roundup of incredible Black artists.
Beyond these lists I will actively work to ensure that all organic content is always diverse. An example of this could be something as simple as a “follow Friday” list on Instagram or a gift guide on the blog… or even a list of my favorite wines.
two // I will push my advertising partners to do better.
I will ask them if they are including women of color in the campaign. If it’s all white women, partnering will be a no for me. This is an easy thing to ask of brands. The term “inclusivity rider” has been thrown around a lot on Instagram this week and I really like that.
three // For the next 12 months, I will read (at least) 1 anti-racist book/month.
I will talk about what I learn on the blog. I know that I am not racist, but that’s not enough. “Not racist” and actively “anti-racist” are two very different things (I loved this post from Cup of Jo, if you haven’t already read it – I’ve now read it three times.)
Reading books has always been an escape for me but I want to use my love of reading to help myself and others learn. I’m starting with So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Let me know if you want to read it with me. I will be sharing what I learn here as I read. My copy is on its way to me, more to come once I dive in.
I’ll also have a list of anti-racist books to share with you sometime this week or next. We can work our way through the list this year.
four // For the next 12 months, I will donate $1,000 to support POC.
I will be spending some time this week researching the best orgs to donate who need it the most. I’m open to your suggestions here, and will share the organization I choose for June as soon as I make my donation.
This month, I donated to Campaign Zero. I chose them as I admire the work they’re doing to end police violence using research-based policy solutions. Every month I will share which organization I support.
Please let me know what’s on your mind, what you are doing to help, what you are reading. I’d love to know and I think it’s really important to have a healthy conversation about this stuff.