Five years ago, I began this blog as a platform to share my love for fashion and along the way, it helped me (and many other women) in finding that confidence to look our best, particularly after life altering experiences like post baby and post break-ups, that has led to weight gain and ultimately, a new body. As I shared with you all my tips on shopping plus size as well as where to shop, I also made great connections with women across the globe, crazy.
Not once did I ever feel that the color of my skin would stop me from inspiring women to aim for their personal best, both physically and otherwise. Not once did I view the color of my skin as a deterrent in establishing my brand. Now, a week after the disgustingly racist and vile acts of the Charlottesville rally, I’m questioning the perceptions of strangers I’ve come across.A question that was relevant say 50 yrs ago, but surely not in 2017, right?
The day before the Charlottesville white supremacists rally, my family and I did our annual pilgrimage to Savannah, Georgia on route to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. I’ve been coming to Savannah for four years now and find it to be such a charming city, filled with great eats, southern hospitality and history-both good and bad.
While in Savannah, we attended a showing at an old theatre called the Lucas. Before the show, I manage to get a few pictures in, and it wasn’t until I downloaded the pictures days later did I notice that the very site where I was posing and smizing were the historic stomping grounds of the Civil Rights Movement. This resonated with me on so many levels particularly during the aftermath of Charlottesville. Being in an inter-racial relationship, ultimately having an inter-racial baby, but living under the presidential leadership of a racist bigot, I’m faced with the question of, how can we solve the problem of racism and sexism with the very same mind set that created it? If the actions of the white supremacists did anything, it for sure confirmed the very message that movements like #BLACKLIVESMATTER was trying to convey-the injustices black people face in America (unwarranted death, racism, status quo, etc)
In this century of knowledge, being racist only proves how low in society you really are. For many, this post can come as a detour from the norm but as an influencer; with that title comes an added responsibility to acknowledge what’s going on in the world, good and bad; beautiful and ugly. I wouldn’t be true to myself if I just kept silent and continue on with the charade. I know it’s tiring and hard to discuss issues of oppression, but please be aware that if you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for everything.
In reference to the racism our country is currently facing, I leave you all with this quote from Nelson Mandela,