How I’m trying to be a better ally

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This wasn’t how I intended to release my podcast. I would have done a post where I took photos with confetti and included lots of words here about how I’m so excited. 

But instead I had a podcast launch ready right when our nation erupted in protest over the violent death of yet another black life.

So appropriately, I’ve paused, sitting on it and am waiting. Focusing on me right now is not what this time is about.

That said, I do want to release this episode.

It goes over what I talked about last week on Facebook Live, and part of what I’ve been thinking about a lot. On a daily basis as a woman, an entrepreneur, a community member, and a mother, I’ve been thinking about what it means to be anti-racist. I’m doing some tough reading, literally tough in its academic writing, and actually tough in its subject matter. I’m reading Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning. It’s new, and yet it’s old. It builds on so much of what I’ve learned throughout my life, but is put into context that it is so unlike anything I’ve ever read. I can’t recommend it enough. There’s a simpler version for teens or just for someone who doesn’t want to dive into an academic book, called How to Be an Anti-Racist. I plan to read that one next.

Waiting for the day when my shirt goes out of style.

So here’s a soft launch of my podcast, if nothing more so that I can feel like I’m doing something—lending my voice and my platform to a cause that I believe in. I’m sure I didn’t get it fully right, and I welcome your input. I’m not looking for accolades— just doing what I can to show my kids what it means when something really matters.

I hope that at some point I get to launch my podcast for real. And cue the confetti. I hope to help as many people as possible in all the ways that I can. 

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Until then keep on marching forward, WM