I don’t have the answers or know the right words to say but that isn’t going to stop me from speaking up. And it shouldn’t stop you either.
I have stayed silent for too long, and for that, I am so deeply sorry. Moving forward, I promise to show up, to use my voice, and to do better.
Opening my eyes to my own white privilege and white fragility has been a journey that has forever changed who I am and the person I am committed to becoming.
In many ways, I feel ashamed at my own silence and complacency but it is vitally important to note, this isn’t about me. If you are a white or white identifying person, this isn’t about you. And so I am taking that shame and putting it into action. If you are reading this and feel similarly, you can choose to do the same.
I am committed to anti-racism work, educating myself, speaking up when I witness injustice, making my work inclusive and accessible, having difficult conversations with friends, family, and my community, actively listening, supporting, and sharing the work of BIPOC, calling representatives, and consistently donating to the causes that are fighting on the frontlines.
Knowing that I will make mistakes or say the wrong thing and that is ok. I will continue to show up every day to listen, learn, and do the very best I can. I encourage you to use your voice to do the same. Silence is not an option, this is a time for action.