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Some Thoughts on How to be an Ally

Through pain, we will grow. We will fight. We will heal. 

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you are fully aware of my thoughts and views on the current state of our nation. Saturday I took to my Stories to discuss how to move forward. For me that includes speaking up, educating myself, educating my family – being an ally every.single.day.

Over the last week, I’ve done a lot of self-reflection and have had a ton of awkward, difficult conversations. But I think all that is good. That’s how we grow, right? This is the time to hold each other accountable. Our stories are part of the fabric of this country. We each have so much more to offer this world, but so many of us have a dim, limited view of it. It’s time to expand that view.

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I hope we can all agree that this is not a one and done thing. Even when the movement has stopped trending, we must continue to be an ally. We must continue to hear the stories of those that are oppressed, and fight alongside them. Something that has struck me this week is that there is no one way to be an ally. For example, the thought of being in a crowd of a ton of people during a peaceful protest scares the living bejesus out of me. I don’t like large gathers (even going to the movies puts me on high alert) so protest is not my lane. And that’s fine.

Allyship for me is signing petitions, donating to causes fighting for justice, putting my money where my mouth is through supporting Black-own businesses, voting, raising my children to be anti-racist, and speaking up if/when injustice is happening right in front of me in my everyday. Because it will.

I know the subject matter of this post isn’t like my usual content, and that’s okay. Just as this blog has evolved with my life including motherhood and more, it has also evolved with what’s in my heart. As I was typing this post out and rummaging through my thoughts, I’m thinking of making this a bit of a series. I haven’t quite hashed out the logistics but as I continue to educate myself, just as I’m hoping we all are, I’m going to share what I learn here. So with that, happy Monday my friends. Here’s to the revolution!

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