There is no “before and after” when it comes to growth. No big “I’m done! Fully formed human (or blog) here! I hope you like the finished me!!” like there is in room designs (although even that is questionable). The anti-racism work we have to do is more than just a single list of actions we need to take in our personal lives, or at this company. Creating equity here at EHD, in the design industry, and throughout our entire society will come from a conscious shift on every front, every platform, consistently, and permanently.
We are still a design blog, but we will be a better one. One that drives change, awareness, and strives towards equity in our field for Black designers and makers, and everyone else who hasn’t felt accepted or seen in the design world. We will have more Black and POC voices, designers, makers, writers and bloggers on our site and platforms, in our industry, and on our team. Diversity will be included daily and thought about consciously (but I will also be hiring a diversity consultant to guide us, because we aren’t going to be anti-racism and equity experts in just one week).
All of this is going to take daily practice, and we won’t get it right all the time but as you guys know the fear of not being perfect has NEVER held me back from talking. Being scared to make mistakes is counterproductive. Tomorrow we will continue to share design and style content, because that’s what we do, and it’s hopefully why you’re here. But we won’t go back to” business as usual” or “normal”. Ever.
This quote, from a video I saw this weekend, is what I’m now telling myself every morning: “Glad you are awake. Time to get to work” – Sonya Renee Taylor. And so we will.
Black Lives Matter.