Bloggers Stand For Black Lives #BLOGGERSFORBLACKLIVES
"I don't see you as black"
Words that are well intended but hurtful nonetheless, because ignoring my blackness doesn't make me feel any more accepted.
It is that kind of thinking that is at the base of racism. To me it reads: "I am looking past the fact that you are black and love you despite of it."
The truth is I love being black and I have no problem with it. That is why you'll see me heartbroken for my brothers and sisters needlessly gunned down.
For being followed in stores.
For the assumption that I lack education.
For the rejection of a dating relationship simply because I'm black.
I am just tired.
The disregard of a human life based on their colors is beyond what I can fathom. Being a victim of the systemic racism is truly a painful thing to endure.
It is hard to explain to people who haven't endured it, but I implore you – if you are a white American reading this, ask some questions. If you have friends that are black, ask them what it actually feels like. We are past the point of acknowledging an issue and should be moving towards understanding.
Now to circle back around to my specific industry, I can feel the effects of racial bias.
As a black style blogger, I see opportunities for the industry to grow in the area of inclusion. I'm happy to use my voice to call for action, to spark change in the way that we are represented in the fashion industry.
Below are additional thoughts from participants of #BloggersForBlackLives
I encourage you to head over to the lovely ladies above and read their thoughts as well. If you would like to join in (HIGHLY encouraged) Post an all black outfit and share your thoughts using the hashtag #BloggersForBlackLives on social media or your blog!