June 1, 2020
To my community,
First of all, I’m so glad you’re here! I know if we’ve found each other, you’re purpose-driven and deeply motivated to be a positive agent of change in the world. You’re here to make more money & create a conscious impact.
You believe in possibility, are committed to the inner work that yields the outer results, and hold yourself accountable to being true to who you are so you always move from a place of deep integrity. Everything you do is grounded in a desire for liberation; financially, emotionally, and spiritually. As an entrepreneur, you view your business as one of the most powerful vehicles to create positive change.
As a member of this community, specifically if you are White, we take these values and extend them to the work of anti-racism recognizing that true liberation only comes when there is liberation for us all; that being our highest selves and of our greatest service also includes taking a stand for injustices; that making money is one of the most profound ways we can be powerful agents for equitable change.
We explicitly encourage our internal drive for self-actualization & success to hold us in deep devotion to being awake, aware, and conscious of how we’ve been complicit in upholding systems of oppression and being actively engaged in dismantling them. Through that work, we intentionally leverage our businesses to be vehicles for change.
Therefore, we are here to build anti-racist businesses by being engaged in our own anti-racism work to create an anti-racist world.
If you're Black or a Non-Black Person of Color (NBPOC), this means that your brilliance, creativity, safety, joy, gifts, & success are a priority here as I intentionally lead this space from a place of guided equity meaning I am consistently investing in Black and NBPOC educators to help me see what I can't see so I can hold this space with the tools and wisdom that requires.
I am always open to feedback for how I can do better because there will always be ways to do better. Anti-racism work, to me, isn’t about perfection. It’s about presence & a willingness to always be learning. I am committed to be a life-long learner.
Anti-racism is also a commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI). Each of these values are robust and because of that, I want to share the actions I’m taking in regards to each within each 12-month time frame. Why a 12-month time frame? Because anti-racism work is both urgent and un-rushed if it is to be rooted from a place of authentic action.
Each year, these commitments will be assessed for growth and expanded upon to continue prioritizing DEI in the way we do business.
Because anti-racism work is life-long work, this document will grow and evolve as this work grows and evolves. Resources will be added as they are found just as commitments will be added as time goes on. As a community member, you are always welcome to add resources and suggest commitments for this space to do an even better job at upholding anti-racist beliefs, ideas, and policies.
As a Black or NBPOC community member, I am here to create a space where you know you’re valued and celebrated for the unique magic you bring to the world.
As a White, Black, and NBPOC community member, I need your help in ensuring this is the space we co-create. By being here, you're committed to staying engaged in your own anti-racism work and being willing to point out racist statements and actions when you see them, even within yourself.
“The beauty of anti-racism is you don’t have to be free of racism to be anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including within yourself. That is the only way forward.”
Being part of an anti-racist community means you are willing to be open to how to be a better anti-racist ally.
I stay engaged in this work by:
This is not an exhaustive list by any means. The work for each of us is to find our own way of being anti-racist. I am always here for conversation, feedback, and resources.
For specific anti-racist educators I follow, I encourage you to listen and learn from the following men & women:
For specific organizations, I recommend:
For resources I’ve either personally taken part in or I reference, I recommend:
BUT, along with all of the ways you can engage in being anti-racist - the way this work truly shows up is by listening and following Black and Non-Black People of Color - not because of their skin tone, but because of their brilliance. This should go without saying, but I know many of my White friends who wake up to white supremacy start to notice that their network lacks diversity. The first question is “how do I change this?” The next question is “how do I change this without tokenizing?”
And the answer to this is simple.
Make an intentional effort to find Black & NBPOC owned businesses. Seek out businesses and experts who are Black & Non-Black People of Color. Learn about their brilliance. Listen to what they have to say; their wisdom, their skillset, their craft, their perspective, their gifts, their talents, their magic.
Use your platform to elevate their work. Refer work to them. Be a person who supports their business & their dreams.
Do this from an authentic place and never stop.
The work of being an anti-racist must carry a deep urgency for change while recognizing that deep change takes time.
Be invested. Stay committed.
I believe in us and the important role we each have in building an explicit anti-racist world.
Again, I’m so glad you’re here and that you’ve intentionally chosen to be a member of this community!