The time to make use of our platforms and privilege to talk out in opposition to the deep racism that plagues our society was years in the past. I remorse staying silent in these moments. The subsequent finest time is now. Silence is dangerous as a result of it prioritizes the consolation of these of us who profit from racist insurance policies on the expense of these exploited and victimized by them.
It’s not sufficient to easily “do no harm” or “not be racist.” That effectively-trodden path has produced the identical brutal outcomes repeatedly. At Moz, we’re shifting to the next normal. The creation of a extra simply world requires us to be loudly, unceasingly anti-racist.
We should acknowledge that human rights exist past politics.
We should hear and validate the lived experiences of individuals of shade and amplify their voices.
We should present up.
We should reinforce, loudly and infrequently, that Black lives matter.
This is an uncomfortable dialog for many of us. We’re afraid of claiming the flawed factor, offending folks, shedding relationships, jobs, clients, and in some circumstances bodily security. By design, white supremacy has made it uncomfortable to talk out in opposition to white supremacy. Fearing offended backlash for talking out in opposition to the dangers and injustices folks of shade face each single day solely serves a system designed to maintain us silent — a system that has been formed over centuries to oppress and exploit people who find themselves not white. At Moz, we are going to apply the braveness to talk out and present up for love and justice. Maya Angelou stated properly, “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
Today, we categorical solidarity with Black folks grieving the losses of David McAtee, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and lots of, many others. We share and honor the outrage rippling via our nation. We stand with you and we stand for justice and love.
We wish to amplify the sign of inspiring folks doing highly effective work. Activists like Rachel Cargle and her work on The Great Unlearn venture. Resources just like the Intentionalist, an internet listing that means that you can uncover and patronize numerous native companies in your neighborhood. Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race illuminates the cruel actuality of police brutality, inequitable mass incarceration, and different lived experiences of Black folks within the United States and provides us instruments to speak about race and racism. EmbraceRace is a company targeted on serving to dad and mom, academics, and neighborhood leaders increase youngsters to assume and act critically in opposition to racial injustice. Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Anti-Racist asks us to consider what an anti-racist society would possibly seem like, and the way we will play an lively position in constructing it. Ross Gay’s poem, A Small Needful Fact, is a robust memorial that claims a lot in a couple of stunning phrases. I invite everybody to re-learn or hearken to Martin Luther King Jr.’s full Letter From a Birmingham Jail. His statements and questions are heartbreakingly related at the moment. May you be moved past thought to motion, as we’re.
Be effectively and love one another.
Editor’s be aware: We’re disallowing feedback on this publish to verify the main target stays on the issue at hand: the indiscriminate mistreatment and homicide of Black folks within the United States. In addition, we might be forgoing our typical publishing schedule to create space for the extra crucial conversations that must be held.