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Note from Ryan: I don’t often use the space in this blog to talk about my personal life, and I know that a business-oriented blog like mine is an imperfect means of conveying that message – but I’ve had the opportunity to interact with a lot of people here … so I want them to be seen by as many of my readers as possible.
I want to share with you today’s thoughts:
It’s been a month that feels like a whole year has passed (especially here in the US). The last few weeks have been marked for me by a lot of personal reflection, education, awkward conversations with friends and family – and taking steps to create the change we need in our country (and around the world).
Taking a position on human rights in ways that have never happened before, and using my platform to express the relevance of the challenges we face in the United States, with a centuries-old history of systemic racism,, police violenceand widespread subtle superstitions and unconscious biases at the individual level.
The enormity of my own privilege as a white man who grew up in a middle-class family in California has not lost me. The experience was a massive initiative simply because of the color of my skin, the circumstances of my upbringing and all the opportunities that were still provided as a result. I have an incredible amount for which I am grateful and willing to deploy the resources I need to help others. It seems to me that it is always catching up, but the only thing I can do is start acting now– And promise never to stop.
I ask you to join me in supporting the Black Lives Matter movement through these actions and strange organizations (many of whom can participate for free). Here are some worthy reasons donated over the past couple of weeks:
And if you want to step up your donations, take a look this is a cool tool which shows you an up-to-date list of people, companies and organizations that match donations (simply by tweeting or emailing them donation receipts) right now.
In addition to self-awareness, having difficult conversations, confronting awkward past thoughts and actions, strengthening black voices and business on your social media channels, making donations … you can and should take as much action as possible.
Silence, when other people’s rights are oppressed, is such an accomplice in such behavior.
- Stretch out after reading a few many wonderful books studying systemic racism and white domination
- Come out and protest (here map upcoming protests around the world)
- If you live in or near San Francisco, scold me and come to me for these events
- Call the elected officials (here catalog how to contact with them)
- Support for black businesses (here more than 4300+ of them around the US)
- Vote for anti-racist candidates in every upcoming election
I know it’s been a departure from our regular scheduled programming here on my blog, but if we’ve learned anything in the last few weeks … it’s a nationwide issue that we all need to address.
Collected still learn and grow here as well.
If you have questions about how you can be most sympathetic to you right now, please ask in the comments below. Bad reaction and will guide you as best you can ✊