I haven’t mentioned anything about current events on my site in the past two weeks, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been at the forefront of my mind. Black lives matter. They’ve always mattered. I’m sorry it took me so long to say it here.
Last week opened my eyes to race in a way that has made me realize I have been in my own bubble of the exhaustion of my own life for the past few years. That I have had the white privilege of not having to paying much attention.
I thought I was doing the “right” things with diverse books and media, reading the news, making recurring donations. And all of those are good, but they are all really passive in a way that I now know is not nearly enough. And so, here are some of the steps I’m taking in both my personal life and my business.
- I am reading more and challenging the way I have been thinking. (White Fragility is where I started and it seems like it should be required reading for all white people. I also have How to be an AntiRacist in my Kindle and have found the White Families Guide to Talking About Racism to be very eye opening and helpful. I am registered for Anti-Racism for Fitness and Wellness Professionals next week.
- I am looking at where we spend our money and actively trying to support BIPOC both in our greater community and online.
- I am actively talking about race and news with our kids and with my husband. We are having a lot of open conversations about bias, why our lives look the way they do, what more we can personally be doing.
- I plan to be part of the conversation about race in our small, very white town to explore and learn how we can do better.
- I will actively link to and share content from Black bloggers and recipe creators from my website and social accounts. I know how very important those backlinks are to pageviews, income, and how Google views the authority of a site, and will use them to amplify their content. (I have long loved the Food Heaven podcast, Zayne’s Plate, Sweet Potato Soul, Grand Baby Cakes, and Hali Bey Ramdene. I have just discovered Little Eats and Things, Marisa Moore, Brown Sugar Food Blogger, The Foodie Eats, and so many more—you’ll start to see more links to their work show up here and on my social accounts.)
- I will actively look through all of my business subscriptions, services, and subcontractors and try my best to diversify who I’m working and paying with on a monthly basis.
- When I need experts, RDs, and real families, I will actively look for more diverse voices.
- When I ask for feedback on projects or my editorial plans, I will actively include diverse voices.
I am listening. I am making this—my awareness of my privilege and implicit bias, and the ways in which I can use my own voice, platform, and power it to amplify the voices, work, and businesses of Black people and people of color—a priority in my life. I will not stop paying attention again.
I want you to know that I will be working on this behind the scenes of my work in my real life and sometimes more in the forefront here. It will be happening even if you don’t always see it. Because I believe we can collectively do better. And I plan to do my best now that I am learning how to do better and exactly what to do. It won’t be perfect, but I am trying.
In posting this, I am doing my best to simply be transparent and honest, and not performative. It seems impossible to do that, but that’s my intent.
Thank you all for being here.