While this may not be a topic you'd expect to find on a lifestyle/fashion blog, this isn't a typical time in our country.
It is astonishing (and sad) to me how many bloggers and influencers with platforms much bigger than my own shy away from topics like this - while I understand to a certain extent wanting to give people a place to take a breather, enjoy something more lighthearted and fun than politics, in this moment in America, these aren't even politics anymore. While it would be nice to keep these "politics" separate from fun stuff like my outfit of the day or the matcha latte I had this morning, not having to talk about these daily happenings is a privilege because for many, it effects their everyday lives (and has for a very long time.)
I know a lot of people are feeling a lot about the current situation in America and the events in Charlottesville last weekend, but aren't sure how to approach it the right way or deal with it in a productive manner. Well, I'll tell you one thing that I know for sure - staying silent is not productive. It is the most comfortable, but it is not the road to change. Right now is the time, especially for those in positions of power (i.e. benefiting from white privilege) to speak out, to share, to educate and to have uncomfortable conversations. Talk to Aunt Becky about her use of the #AllLivesMatter hashtag. Help grandma understand why the confederate flag is a racist symbol. Do your part, and if you don't know the answers - Google them. Educate yourself. Watch a documentary. Make an effort to understand, don't just chalk it up to "being over your head." If you have a strong social media presence, use your platform for good. Are we tired of seeing the news, and do we just want to get on Instagram and tune it all out for a while? Sure we do. But I see plenty of bloggers who don't even think twice about sharing their religious views without it being a center focus of their blog. Why do we hesitate to share our beliefs about current events? Do we really want future generations to see we were on the wrong side of history? That while people were dying under the hand of an insane ruler that our country elected, grandma was busy using her reach to only discuss rompers and coconut butter and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? I sure don't. It's not to say we can't post those things too - obviously that's why I started a lifestyle blog, and that is a damn good sale. But it's just that right now, in this moment, there needs to be a balance.
(Just to clarify, this is not to throw any shade at anyone in the blogging community - just a little encouragement to speak out and let them know they won't be the only ones doing it.)
If you know you want to help but you're not sure where to start, check out this list of anti-racist charities, (although beware this list does include the ACLU which has always used resources to defend hate groups in court in to protect their "free speech" and actually did defend the rights of the the white nationalists to demonstrate in Charlottesville) as well as my Etsy shop. I'm selling this "If You're Not Outraged" shirt with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the Charlottesville chapter of Black Lives Matter. Buy it, post it on Instagram, share the word. Wear it to your next family gathering to open up that uncomfy conversation with your racist relatives. Use your privilege to do your part. Punch a nazi, hug your black and brown friends. The only way to fight this is to be active in the fight.
Contribute to Black Lives Matter Charlottesville by buying my shirt here.
Note: The shirt in the photo below doesn't have an apostrophe in the second "you're" because it was made it a hurry - but any shirt you order will definitely have one!