As you may have read on our social media accounts, this week we’re taking a pause from ‘business as usual’ here on The Mom Edit. After this weekend, our hearts are heavy, our minds are tired. We’re on day three of citywide curfews in response to the riots, and the last thing any of us are able to focus on is fashion.
And yet: there’s work to be done.
So this next week will look a little different. Over the weekend, The Mom Edit committed to increasing our coverage of black-owned business to 15% to be better representative of our country. This commitment will last long past this week. But to start, we’re creating a Mom Edit resource guide of our favorite black-owned brands and retailers, as well as highlighting our favorite products resulting from that research. We’re also dedicating our “Oooo…THIS” section of our daily newsletter to featuring drool-worthy products from black-owned businesses.
We’re also going to be sharing some resources that we’ve personally found helpful in this journey to not only be actively anti-racist, but to raise actively anti-racist kids.
To kick things off, here are six powerful messages to read or watch. These are the ones we encountered over the weekend that deepened our understanding and challenged us to stay in this very uncomfortable space, looking inward and confronting our own biases.
Do the work.
1. This Speech From Rapper Killer Mike
Now more than ever, we need good leaders. And Killer Mike’s speech in Atlanta brought me to tears. “We don’t want to see Targets burning. We want to see the system that sets up for systemic racism burnt to the ground.“
2. Trevor Noah Talking About the Protests
This is almost 20 min. long, but totally worth the watch. Trevor Noah has a way of navigating through complicated situations to allow for deeper understandings. This one will challenge you to think. I watched it twice: once by myself, and then again with the kids.
3. 75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice
This Medium post from Corinne Shutack about what white people can actually do — like, right now — was sent over to us from many readers. It’s a really solid compilation and a good place to start.
4. 5 Racist Anti-Racism Responses “Good” White Women Give To Viral Posts
Hoo, boy. This post on five things that “good” white women say (that are actually racist) from writer Katie Anthony is a must-read. It’s funny (#notallsharks), well-written, and should be taken to heart. I do have one bone to pick, however. In the article, Katie states that all white women are racist. I personally would tweak that sentiment to read that all white women, because we live in a racist society, have all engaged in racist behavior. Still, totally worth a read.
5. Today’s Brian Lehrer Show
This was Lex’s top pick — she loved how the three segments of the show really contextualized the week’s events and where we are as a nation in regards to the protests and anti-racism. She highly recommends listening to all three segments because the people who call in — including white moms trying to raise anti-racist sons — help to provide a fuller picture of what’s happening. The first segment with Jamil Smith, senior editor of Rolling Stone, puts the uprisings into context nationwide; the second is with Brooklyn Borough president Eric Adams (22 previous years as NYPD) about police behavior and protesting this weekend; and the third segment We Want to Talk About Race, features Ijeoma Oluo author of So You Want to Talk About Race discussing how Americans can have honest conversations about these killings, race, racism and white supremacy. “Altogether,” Lex says, “the show ties up where we are right now and why, in case it’s just all a big jumble in your head”. Yup. This is next on my list.
6. Remember, No One Is Coming to Save Us
This is thought-provoking read from the Times’ Roxanne Gay. The ultimate reminder that this fundamental system of systemic racism, aka our current “normal” is to blame: “The rest of the world yearns to get back to normal. For black people, normal is the very thing from which we yearn to be free.”