Black Lives Matter

"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."
- Audre Lorde

As two white women (and mothers of boys), we have been deeply moved and motivated to change by the events of the last many days. As many seem to be continuing on with business as usual, we believe this moment calls for us to pause business and acknowledge that: 

BLACK LIVES MATTER.

 

We stand in solidarity with our black brothers + sisters in their grief, anger, and demands for change.

Our intention with Solare has always been to empower women through self-care. Although there is a marked sense of consumerism and white privilege surrounding today’s version of 'self-care,' let's be clear - self-care was a response born out of oppression and lack of support for marginalized people, including black and brown communities.

The writer Evette Dionne, referring to black women, said in an interview with Bitch magazine last year, “Saying that I matter, that I come first, that what I need and what I want matters I think is a radical act, because it goes against everything that we’ve been conditioned to believe.”

In order for our country to truly heal, we must acknowledge the traumas and experiences of our black brothers and sisters, as well as the generations-long toxicities and privileges within ourselves. We must come to know wholeness and worthiness in ourselves and each other, none of which is easily attained.

As white women and business owners, we are committed to the hard work of change, to further educating ourselves and our families, and to sharing the burden of the fight. 

To our black and brown customers, we are here for you.

We want to serve you and represent you better. We're changing and we're listening.

Let us not confuse dominance with freedom.

We aren't free until we're all free.

 

 

Education is a critical component of change.
Raise your consciousness.
Apply that raised consciousness in practical ways.
And begin a long-term strategy.

Below are some ways to get started:


ENGAGE

MOVEMENT FOR BLACK LIVES
BLACK FUTURES LAB
END POLICE VIOLENCE

MOMS OF BLACK BOYS UNITED FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

TEACH

TALKING TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT RACE
ARTICLE FOR WHITE PARENTS FROM A BLACK MOTHER
RAISING ANTI-RACIST WHITE CHILDREN

25 BOOKS CELEBRATING BLACK BOYS

READ

BOOKS ON RACISM AND ANTI-RACISM
BOOKS FOR CHILDREN ON DIVERSITY
THE FIRE NEXT TIME - James Baldwin
THERE WILL BE NO MIRACLE HERE - Casey Gerald

ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY - Layla Saad
I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS - Maya Angelou
THE BLUEST EYE - Toni Morrison
BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME - Ta-Nehisi Coates
SISTER OUTSIDER - Audre Lorde
WHITE FRAGILITY -
Robin J. DiAngelo
THE 1619 PROJECT - NYT Magazine
WHY PEOPLE OF COLOR NEED SPACES WITHOUT WHITE PEOPLE - Kelsey Blackwell, Arrow Journal


FOLLOW

@BLACKLIVESMATTER
@THECONSCIOUSKID
@RACHEL.CARGLE
@THEGREATUNLEARN
@LAYLAFSAAD
@
AUSTIN CHANNING

WATCH

13TH - Ava DuVernay
FRUITVALE STATION - Ryan Coogler
THE HATE U GIVE - George Tillman Jr.
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO - James Baldwin Documentary
WHEN THEY SEE US - Ava DuVernay
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE - Justin Simien
THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975 - 
Göran Olsson

DONATE

GEORGE FLOYD MEMORIAL FUND
AUDRE LORDE PROJECT
COLOR OF CHANGE
MINNESOTA FREEDOM FUND
NAACP
RECLAIM THE BLOCK

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS CAMP
EMPOWER BLACK COMMUNITIES
BLACK VISIONS COLLECTIVE


SUPPORT BLACK-OWNED ARTISTS + BUSINESSES

LA REUNION (OK, NY)
CRYSTAL Z CAMPBELL (OK)
DOUBLE SWORDED (OK)
THE WILD MOTHER (OK)
SINCERELY TOMMY
EDAS
AGNES BADDOO
KLUR
FERTILE ALCHEMY
CASSI NAMODA


VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

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