These last couple of weeks have left me reeling if I’m totally honest.
I feel like I just woke up after a lifelong slumber afforded to me thanks to my white privilege, and that my ignorance around #blacklivesmatter and anti-racism is unforgivable.
I feel things deeply and I am especially saddened that I did not use my voice or platform when it was needed most to support this movement, but realistically the entire time I’ve had one.
So I’m doing what I know I can do well right now, being a student of life, being open to learning and educating myself on how having white privilege, white exceptionalism, white apathy, and white fragility to name a few, has benefited me greatly in my life.
This work is beyond necessary, especially as an entrepreneur and a coach, to be able to create real change in this world. And to be able to dismantle the systemic racism that has existed for centuries for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC).
If you’re a white person who, like me, has been feeling uncomfortable, scared, apathetic, confused, hurt, in shock, surprised, pissed off, guilty, ashamed – basically all the feels, I get it.
I urge you to read Me and White Supremacy book by Layla Saad and do the journaling prompts – this is helping me to truly understand and learn and deal with all of those feelings.
This will open your eyes and help you realise that this is part of unpacking your white privilege.
I encourage you to invest in black people for their work, and pay them for all the free content they’re putting out in order to educate us.
When you listen to a podcast or read an article that really moves you…reach out, thank that person, and offer a donation for the education you received from them.
In the meantime, you can listen to this episode as I share some emerging learnings, thoughts, and awakenings I’m having on my commitment to equity, diversity and anti-racism.
I am sitting in so much hope of the change that we can see in this world, and the conversations and education that are happening all over the world, so that we can move forward together now, and create the equitable future and change we want to see in the world.
In this Episode You’ll Learn:
- Why my ignorance around #blacklivesmatter ends now
- The education I’m undertaking to be part of the solution, not part of the problem
- What five things I’m starting with changing in my business to create more equity and diversity
- How I am showing up to be an ally as an entrepreneur, business coach, leading learner and friend
Podcast Resources + Useful Links:
Book: Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad
Book: White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism by Robin Diangelo
Book: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi
YouTube: Uncomfortable Conversations with a black man and this episode – so open and honest and helpful.
Workshop: Show up and Serve by Trudi LeBron
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