Last week, there was an outpouring of support for Black Lives Matter. It came from people of all colors, from all around the world, and also from tons of brands and corporations. Some of which have been called out for supporting BLM publicly, while not having the most diverse policies internally. Over the last week, I’ve followed a lot of new Black voices online. They have shaken up my Instagram feed and made me realize what a white space it had been previously. In addition to following activists and educators, I have also followed voices from my own space— mom bloggers.
One of those voices is Karen from The Mom Trotter. Karen lives with her husband and son full time in an RV. She writes about traveling on a budget, homeschooling and the specific issues that parents face while traveling with children of color. This week, like all of us, she has been posting a lot about Black Lives Matter. Yesterday, she posted a message to hold those of us newly educating ourselves on the issues accountable.
I wanted you all to read it.
You’ve followed me and other black content creators, you’ve bought books for your kids, you’ve bought some for yourself too, you’ve educated yourself, you’ve had the talk with your kids, maybe you’ve even taken them to a protest.
What happens next??
What will you do to ensure that you are doing better? What will you do to ensure that you are raising better humans? What will you do to ensure that you hold your family, the people around you, the people you work with etc. accountable?
Please remember that:
1) #BlackLivesMatter is NOT a trend.
2) Racism is NOT a trend.
3) Unjust deaths of Black people is NOT a trend.
4) My trauma is NOT a trend.
5) Fighting for what is right is not a trend.
An article on taking Aiden to a protest was shared on The Today Show and these were some of the ridiculous comments:
”Every culture at one point in history has suffered from poverty, slavery, genocide.”
“We are not helping our children by allowing them to find excuses for themselves. Why poison their young minds.”
“These parents are making these kids weak by making them feel victimized.”
“Didn’t want to hire a sitter.”
“Child Protective Services should be at your door this morning. “
This is my EVERYDAY LIFE. I don’t get to do it one day and then decide to take a break the next day. Although, now it seems to be trending for people and brands. Which is soooo annoying. Don’t follow me or share my page just because. Do it because you mean it!!
Anyways, I’m just letting y’all know right now, I expect more from you. I really do!!
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To my readers, this is our challenge. How do we make this more than a trend? What’s your next step? Please let me know in the comments.