black lives matter. period.
So much has been said on this topic. So much is yet to be said still. Where does one begin with such a loaded, layered, heartbreaking subject?
First, we want to take a moment and acknowledge our (majority) white privilege. We say majority because Do Good Co. is an organization primarily made of white women. We have one board member who is a Black man. We have one board member who is an Asian woman.
Before going into any sort of question posing, we want to take a moment and humble ourselves by acknowledging we will never truly know what it's like to be black. We will never truly know your fears, your struggles, your experiences.
We want to apologize that, no matter how hard we try or how badly we want to, it is not a possibility to put ourselves in your shoes and walk a mile. We cannot fully know that which we cannot experience.
From the depths of our souls, we apologize. We see you. We raise our hands with yours. Our hearts break with yours. Our tears fall with yours.
Rather than taking up more space to express the outrage that we, too, feel, we want to instead direct our energy towards holding space for our Black friends and their experiences without placing the expectation on them to educate us.
Rather than attempting to communicate an experience that we are unlikely to ever know, we want to direct the spotlight to individuals, organizations, and businesses who are enacting positive change and engaging in educational conversations.
Rather than relying on our Black friends and neighbors to repeatedly share their experience and truth with us, we want to find ways to educate and inform ourselves that do not include draining them mentally and emotionally.
Rather than simply sharing our emotional reaction to yet another tragic murder at the hands of corrupt police officers, we want to share ways that we can all truly create lasting change.
Emotions are valid and necessary and part of the human experience, but to create lasting impact means to continue acting once the fervor quiets down again, as it unfortunately and inevitably does between tragedies.
Do Good Co. was born from the desire to advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves, regardless of why that may be. Our charity partners advocate for animals, who do not have a voice, and children, who do not have a voice, but our hearts extend far beyond our official partnerships.
Do Good Co. exists solely to do good for and by others, which means we equally serve people from all different backgrounds and races.
If you feel silenced, we are here to hand you the megaphone.
If you feel put down, we are here to lift you up.
If you feel judged, we are here to advocate for you.
We cannot promise perfection because we are constantly learning, but we can promise that we will always try to do better than the day before. We can promise that we will always do right by you.
Together, we will dismantle white supremacy. Together, we will end racism.
To the Black community: we stand with you. We stand beside you. We lift you up.
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