Posted by SarahBird
The time to use our platforms and privilege to speak out against the deep racism that besets national societies was years ago. I regret staying silent in those moments. The next best time is now. Silence is harmful because it prioritizes the solace of those of us who benefit from racist plans at the expense of those exploited and victimized by them.
It’s not enough to simply “do no harm” or “not be racist.” That well-trodden path has rendered the same brutal results time and time again. At Moz, we’re moving to a higher standard. The created in a more merely world-wide requires us to be aloud, unceasingly anti-racist.
We must acknowledge that human rights exist beyond politics.
We must hear and substantiate the lived experiences of people of color and amplify their voices.
We must show up.
We must reinforce, aloud and often, that Black lives matter.
This is an uncomfortable speech for most of us. We’re afraid of saying the wrong thing, offending people, losing relations, tasks, clients, and in some cases physical safety. By design, white-hot domination has shaped it uncomfortable to speak out against white dominance. Fearing angry backlash for speaking out against the dangers and unfairness people of color face every single day served only a system designed to keep us silent — a structure that has been shaped over centuries to oppress and exploit people who are not white. At Moz, we will practice the heroism to be talking and show up for love and justice. Maya Angelou said wisely, “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t rule any other morality consistently.”
Today, we express solidarity with Black people mourning the losses of David McAtee, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many, many others. We share and honor the anger rippling through our country. We stand with you and we stand for justice and love.
We want to amplify the signal of invigorating people doing powerful employment. Activists like Rachel Cargle and her work on The Great Unlearn project. Assets like the Intentionalist, an online directory that allows you to discover and patronize diverse local firms in their own communities. Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race crystallizes the harsh actuality of police brutality, inequitable mass incarceration, and other lived experiences of Black people in the United Government and gives us tools to talk about race and racism. EmbraceRace is an organisation focused on helping mothers, teaches, and community leaders raise children to think and behave critically against racial injustice. Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Anti-Racist asks us to think about what an anti-racist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in structure it. Ross Gay’s poem, A Small Needful Fact, is a powerful memorial that says so much in a few beautiful words. I invite everyone to re-read or listen to Martin Luther King Jr.’s full Letter From a Birmingham Jail. His statements and questions are heartbreakingly relevant today. May you be moved beyond thought to action, as we are.
Be well and adore each other.
Editor’s note: We’re disallowing remarks on this post to make sure the focus remains on the problem at hand: the indiscriminate mistreatment and assassination of Black people in the United Country. In addition, we will be forgoing our typical publishing schedule to induce space for the most critical speeches that need to be held.
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