If you’ve been following the news, you know the death of George Floyd has served as a catalyst putting the issues of racism and White Supremacy in many of our faces for the first time. I feel a strong calling to the fight against social injustice. I cannot call myself a Christian and knowingly stand by while others are hurting…over something I can help dismantle and make better by using my voice and standing as an ally.
What does this mean for the blog?
To be honest, I’m not 100% sure. I do know I intend to use my space on the interweb for good. I also know, I have so much to learn. For now, a few things are going to change.
- I am committed to seeking my own resources for education on issues of racism, white supremacy, social injustice, and how to be an ally to the Black community.
- Amplifying the voices and work of Black influencers, Black-owned businesses, brands, etc will continue on my page.
- As I learn and find valuable resources I will form new blog posts or pages within the website to share this information with others.
- Will I go back to posting about skincare, my favorite trends, books, etc? Yes. Yes, I fully intend to. However, I will be more intentional about brand partnerships. I will do extra due diligence in reviewing a company, what they stand for, and support before I suggest a product of theirs. And last, I will be amplifying Black voices in each of the topics on the blog.
I have seen a few comments floating around social media, that people are ready for their lives to “go back to normal,” they’re tired of COVID, tired of seeing #BLM. And I get it. It’s a lot to take on, especially considering just a few weeks ago we were all a united front glued to our TVs watching a man who calls himself the Tiger King. (Again, welcome to 2020…you can’t make this stuff up). If you have found yourself thinking this, I want to ask “normal for who?” I hope we do not go back to normal because normal wasn’t working for all of us. This pandemic has shown massive flaws in our healthcare systems and economy. And I cannot unlearn what I now know about racism and White Supremacy and how it is ingrained in all of our government systems. No, I don’t want to go back to normal, I want to create a new “normal,” where everyone has an equal opportunity and where Black Lives Matter.
I understand I may lose some of you as this was not the content you “signed up for.” And that’s ok. For those of you who stick around, I’m grateful. Even more, I’m hopeful we can join together, learn, and turn our awareness into action – whatever action looks like for each of us.
A journal prompt to think about
My pastor started a new series. He laid the groundwork for how we, as a church need to take action. He also acknowledged that this will be a marathon, not a sprint. The groundwork we are doing is paving the way for a better future for future generations. Some of us may not all of the fruits of this labor in our lifetime. So, keeping that in mind – use this journal prompt to search your heart. Are you willing to work for a better future, if you personally may not see it come to reality?