The murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Aubrey, added to the previous murders of so many other black people, have rocked us and made us see how woefully inadequate our understanding is of the lives of our friends and family and colleagues in the black community.
Here's what we know --we need to listen, and even more we need to actively believe and lift up the stories we hear that are being told of what it is like to be African American in the United States.
If you have anything to say and you choose to share it here, we are committed to listening and believing. This group is for everyone – all are welcome at Mama’s table.
Now is the time for all of us to take a stand. We cannot be quietly non-racist – we must stand up, buck up, and get to work being vocal and actively anti-racist. If you need resources to help you, here is one of many websites that has collected a number of articles, books, and videos https://www.dismantlecollective.org/resources/
During this time it can feel silly to focus on business since it seems so less important. Maybe that is true. And, on the flip side, maybe one of the important things we can do is to keep making this healthy food to fuel all of us to do this important work and to make the changes that must be made.
MamaSezz Black Lives Matter.
--Meg & Lisa, co-founders of MamaSezz
We will keep the conversation going.
COMMENT TO MAMASEZZ ON SOCIAL MEDIA :
It's important to understand the life of a black person, since so much wrong has happened due to overt prejudice in this country. It's equally important to understand that violent protests and stealing from businesses is wrong. Plain wrong. A violent, wrong deed which is done for the "right" reason still equates to wrong. You can't make something right by doing wrong. It's an oxymoron and completely illogical
Thank you so much for engaging on this topic. I had a few thoughts. One is that I have been a business owner for many years and I know how much blood, sweat and tears, and savings and unpaid labor go into our companies, and to see them destroyed or looted is heartbreaking and unfair and illegal. Another thought that is also present is that protests, by their very nature, are messy and energetic and loud and angry and disturbing to the status quo. That frustration for the protestors about what they are protesting, sometimes gets expressed in destructive ways – including the Boston Tea Party that is part of our founding story here in the USA. I completely agree with you in saying that both things are true. The interesting part to observe is the priority of how we phrase both. It is very different to say “It’s horrible that an innocent black man was killed, but destroying property has to stop” vs. “It’s horrible that property is being destroyed, but killing innocent black men has to stop.” Both statements are addressing the two issues, but the second one gets my priorities expressed