"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: