If the previous week made anything crystal-clear, it's that silence isn’t an option, and being an ally isn’t enough. It's also not enough to be "not racist." We all need to be actively antiracist. I want to continue to acknowledge my privilege, educate myself, show support, take action, and step up because to not do so with the platform I have would be condoning the ongoing racism and brutalization that is happening.
This week, we received hundreds of blog comments and DMs of how to best begin and how to do better, and do more, and I learned that we cannot simply look to other voices, particularly to BIPOC, and place the burden on them to educate us. We need to do the hard work ourselves.
The systemic oppression and murder of black fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters is an outrage. We will not tolerate it, and I want to be a better ally and advocate. I have a lot to learn, and unlearn. I have not done enough on this platform and I'm changing that now.
I wrote a version of this on Instagram on Saturday and need to share the message on the blog as well. We had an entire week of content photographed and planned for you, but putting careful thought into what we share here has never felt more important. We've decided to pause our scheduled content for the time being, to make space for the content that needs to be shared. There will be room for both important topics and levity in the future, but not right now.
I desperately see the need to add more POC to our team, and elevate and pay other voices on the blog, and we will be doing so. Here’s where I'm starting:
• Two of the books that were recommended most were White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad (most hardcopies are on back-order, but e-books are available at the same link), so we'll all be working through them together as a team at @shopcupcakesandcashmere. (Any affiliate revenue we earn on these books will be donated to the ACLU.)
• Incorporating BIPOC brands on our Shop
• Donating to NAACP, Color of Change, Black Visions Collective, ACLU, Black Lives Matter, and The Bail Project
• Following and supporting black journalists, creators, media outlets, leaders, and activists, like Rachel Cargle, @ckyourprivilege, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, and Ashlee Marie Preston.
• Support more BIPOC-owned businesses in our community. Here's a Google Doc of black-owned restaurants you can order from in L.A.