That Conversation You’re Avoiding? It’s Time to Have It!
Hey there, gorgeous!
I hope this email is finding you well after a tragic and violent week here in the US.
If you’re following me on social media, you may have noticed that I’ve refrained from commenting on these events.
As a former independent school educator and diversity and inclusion practitioner, I’ve had many a conversation about injustice - and not just racial injustice.
However, while facilitating difficult conversations about diversity can certainly be rewarding at times, it can also be unbelievably frustrating.
There have been times when I just gave up on sharing my viewpoint because I felt like I was being perceived as just another bitter and self-serving woman of color.
My heart breaks for all the victims from last week’s shootings - Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and the five Dallas police officers. I refuse to buy into the narrative that you can’t be pro-black and pro-police.
However, as sad as I am about recent events, I’ve been here before. Many of us have been here before. However, some of us refuse to acknowledge what’s right in front us.
Some of us live with the daily threat of violence and injustice. So many have lost their lives unnecessarily. How many people have to die before we address the issues plaguing our country in a meaningful way?
I hate to admit it, but I haven’t shed any tears over this. I’m not sure I have any tears left. I am pretty numb. Tired. Exasperated. I haven’t wanted to speak out because it sometimes feels like such a waste of time.
If only people could be curious about the experiences of people who are unlike them, instead of getting defensive. It’s only from this place that we can have real conversations that lead to creative solutions.
If you’d like to learn more about building better relationships with diverse groups of people, please check out this award-winning article I wrote for Holistic Fashionista magazine here.
Sending love and hugs to all of you during this difficult time. However, in the words of Mahatma Ghandi, “you must be the change you want to see in the world.” It’s time to wake up, folks.
If you’re seeking support in processing any emotions that have come up for you over these recent events, I warmly invite you to book a FREE 30-Minute coaching session with me here.
I hope this serves you.
All my love and gratitude,
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