Conflicted

Dear reader,

If you'd asked me last week what this week's newsletter would be about, I'd probably say moving flats (don't you all want to know what happened to the bookcase?!). But it's Sunday and I only have a few hours left to write this and I don't feel comfortable talking about the small things that happened this past week when so many of the discussions happening on the internet right now are about George Floyd. Because it's not just about George Floyd, it's about racism and systemic inequality, something that unfortunately pervades all western societies.

I usually shy away from politics online (which is something that I'm aware of and want to tackle) but I cannot write something and not mention what's going on in the US. Keeping quiet on the subject might send the message that I'm not affected or interested in what's going on. Worse, it might take attention away from the voices that really need to heard right now (not that many people read this newsletter, but still!).

The truth is I am interested in what's going on but I'm not sure what to do or what to say. While I figure that out, this is what I'm doing:

  • amplifying the voices of those that need to be heard (which currently translates to retweeting or liking tweets)

  • educating myself on the topic of systemic racism. The next book I'll be reading is Why I No Longer Talk To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge.

If you have suggestions on what you think I should be doing to support #BlackLivesMatter I'm all ears.

Best,
Alicia

PS. Maybe I'll share some updates on the move next week :)