Black Lives Matter
If you've visited my cottage to pick up candles then you've seen this sign. #blacklivesmatter
And yet I haven't spoken publicly on my online business platform in support of black lives like I should have. I prioritized my comfort and compartmentalized my beliefs as a human being from my secondary role as a creative business person.
I put maintaining my business ahead of speaking truth to power because I preferred to avoid the potential backlash--which at worst is some financial loss that is survivable--instead of rightfully interrupting this cheerful online space with words like white supremacy, oppression, systemic racism, white privilege and police brutality.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Today marks the end of that practice for me.
In response to the grief and rage so many of us feel about the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery (and the heartbreakingly many before them), in the coming days, I'll be sharing teachers, authors, thinkers, books, frameworks and approaches that have helped during my (previously private) journey of antiracism work. This will happen on the Harmony Farm Candles Instagram page.
The goal is to create space for an ongoing, long-term conversation around racial justice for the white folks here who want to be more in touch with their humanity and ensure the full humanity of people color.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
On social media alone, there are so many voices to listen to, learn from and do better because of. It's an incredible gift for us white people who want racial justice. The depth and breadth of wisdom from black and indigenous people of color is readily available right now if we're willing to humbly open ourselves to it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Forward together with right hearts,⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
P.S. Before I start posting, if you want to share any teachers or books you've learned from, please share in the comments below.