Why is it so hard to talk about racism? Or to acknowledge that it really exists.
Before George Floyd’s death and the ongoing protests against police brutality and racial injustice, our team here at Detroit Mom had already started having the discussion. How do we bring real conversations to our community and offer a safe space to have them? How do we encourage black and white women to come together to discuss racism, offer their personal views, and get raw and real enough to share how issues of race and privilege impact their daily lives?
From those conversations was born the series we are launching today called Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable: Real Talk of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This series will happen weekly on Detroit Mom’s Facebook Live and include different topics, prominent people and a place to keep it real. Educating ourselves and reaching out to connect the members of our diverse community has always been core to Detroit Mom since the beginning, and we are thrilled to begin offering this additional series at this most important time.
We understand that joining these conversations can be difficult. Sometimes we’re afraid, feel uncomfortable, or are worried we will say the wrong thing. But when we don’t open ourselves up to listen, the conversation fall on deaf ears, we remain uneducated, and change never happens.
For White people, we are privileged enough to carry on with our daily lives and choose whether or not we think about the systemic racism in our country. For the Black community, it’s an every day reality. One in which they don’t get to flip a switch on. They simply do not get the privilege of choosing.
So we decided it was time to step up and start talking.
Here at Detroit Mom we’ve had the honor of welcoming some pretty incredible black women onto our team. Women who have shared their truth and their pain. Women who have been present even though so many other women don’t look like them. They show up. They show up because they believe in what Detroit Mom can do for the community. They believe in change.
We will continue to do everything we can to bring more Black voices to the Detroit Mom community. We will give a space to share Black women’s stories. We represent a community that has been underrepresented for far too long. And we will continue to work for that community because we have hope. So join us as we work to bring Black and White women together. To find ways to understand each other and move forward with love.
Take a minute and leave us a topic you’d like to talk about this. Your response is completely anonymous. It will help us understand what conversations our audience needs to have the most.