2020: A Year of Absolutes
2020 has been a year of uncertainty, of unparalleled change, of pivoting like crazy, of unlearning... but mostly, it's been a year of absolutes.
With Covid-19 spreading quickly across the globe, we absolutely learned the value of strong leadership. We saw the death & destruction that followed (& still continues) in other parts of the world where strong leadership is lacking or completely devoid.
With lockdowns, shelter-in-place orders, & businesses being thrown into unchartered territories, we learned that we can absolutely change the way we interact & engage. We learned that there’s no “going back” to business as usual.
And, with the #BlackLivesMatter movement swinging into quick & decisive action after the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, & George Floyd, we no know with absolute clarity that we must all be actively anti-racist at work, at play, at home.
These are only some of our new "absolutes." We must listen. We must lace up our boots.
We must listen.
We must march.
We must listen. We must shout.
We must listen.
We must write. We must listen.
We must learn. We must listen. We must educate. We must listen. We must whisper to our children. We must listen. We must talk to our friends, openly & without fear of f*cking up. We must listen. We must have conversations with our parents. We must listen. And, we must actively do more to rid the world of racism & the systematic & inbuilt oppression of black people & people of colour the world over.
With all of these absolutes swirling we thought that, even as a small company just starting on our own journey, one thing that we can do moving forward (other than LISTENING TO BLACK PEOPLE) is to share resources. To pool resources. To gather information & curate caring compassion. So, this is our start. Our commitment is ongoing, eternal, forever.
If you, like us, are committed to being actively anti-racist - we thank you. If you aren't as yet committed to being actively anti-racist - we'd like to help you get there.
As such, if you like us, have information or links to share - please do so on your own channels, or send through anything we can share to us to we can spread the word.
We are in this together.
Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com
Anti-racism resources compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein, May 2020: bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES
First, Listen. Then, Learn: Anti-Racism Resources For White People: https://www.forbes.com/sites/juliawuench/2020/06/02/first-listen-then-learn-anti-racism-resources-for-white-people/#6bd3a83c16ee
Anti-Racism books for kids: https://www.insider.com/anti-racism-books-for-young-children-and-parents-2020-6
75 Black Owned Businesses (mostly American): https://www.forbes.com/sites/elisabethbrier/2020/06/05/75-black-owned-businesses-to-support/#a267e663814f