“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
We all say we want to change. It’s easy to post memes about change, share pictures of other people being involved, and to follow the latest trending hashtag about change. Those are the easy steps. Those make us feel (and look) good.
But then the news cycles into the next big story, and our attention span switches to something else. Anything else.
Except that for those actually NEEDING the change to occur. Their attention span can’t switch from their everyday reality. Cute memes and shared posts don’t bring much change to their daily lives.
“Be the change you want to see in the world,’ by Mahatma Gandhi, is one of our favorite quotes. It’s one of those shared memes. We feel better when we share that quote. It adds a mental checkmark to our List of Ways to Feel (and Look) Better On Social Media.
But here at Evy’s Tree, we don’t want to just post memes or hashtag our social guilt away. We are sickened at the poison that threatens our family, friends, and the ET community of women that we have worked hard to lift up and empower over the years of our existence. Another cutesy quote that actually applies here is the one about how you’re only as strong as your weakest link. Well, if some of our community of ladies are weakened, threatened, marginalized or discounted, then we are all weakened. Lately at ET we have paused all of our much-needed sales (we are a business after all), to focus on a much more needed topic; actually DOING something to BE the change we all want to see in our world.
We reached out to black women in our sphere to gather some helpful resources that will help us all challenge ourselves and educate not only ourselves, but our children. These women live the truth of racism, and friends, if we really truly care about shaping the next generation and improving our country, our charge right now is to listen, get uncomfortable, and learn. America CAN be better, do better, treat each other better. It will take us, fellow ET ladies, but we can do it. We HAVE to do it.
When They See Us (Netflix)
Just Mercy (Netflix)
American Son (Netflix)
Dear White People (Netflix)
Pod for the Cause
Pod Save the People
White Homework (language)
A Therapist Walks into a Bar: Episode 1 – Seeing White (language)
Books for Kids
Books for young adults
Where to donate:
https://girlsforachange.org/ – Girls for Change
https://ncbwinclac.org/ – National Congress of Black Women
www.blacklivesmatter.com – Black Lives Matter
www.aclu.org – American Civil Liberties Union
http://attolloprep.org/ – At Tollo
www.naacp.org – National Association for Advancing Colored People
We will not be silent.
Diversify your feed, learn from those who lead.