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Happy Sunday folks. We hope you are taking care and listening to the voices that need to be heard right now. As a company we are continuing our commitment to amplify Black voices not just for right now, but indefinitely. We thank you for keeping us accountable and choosing to go on this journey with us.

From Emily: My daily motivation the last two weeks (thank you Sonya Renee Taylor – you can read more in this post I wrote) is “Glad you woke up, now get to work”. Like a lot of us right now I’m learning/unlearning so much and trying to consume everything I can to get educated enough to be a permanent anti-racist ally. I know we recommended information before and you might know of SO MANY OTHERS, but the following list (from me) is what I’ve actually listened to, watched, and read (or am in the middle of reading) during these last two weeks to get more educated on both our history and what is happening currently in our country (and our industry). If you are having a hard time understanding what is happening right now, or if you’re just searching for more information, these are great resources to help open all our eyes: 

1. 1619 is a podcast that I’m sure you’ve heard of, but if you haven’t given it a listen yet and you want to get more informed on how slavery shaped our country in so many ways, listen to this. It’s informative, educational, gripping, personal and you guys, we NEED to learn our real history in order to be able to take responsibility and enact real change. Not only does it touch on history, but also topics like cultural appropriation. It is VERY, VERY GOOD. 

2. This Armchair Expert episode with Heather McGhee explains the history of police brutality, and how they have both over-policed and under-policed Black communities. And I really appreciated how Dax and Monica asked the questions that I would have wanted to ask. 

3. Listen to the Armchair Expert episode with Ibram X. Kendi if you want to better understand the difference between non-racist and anti-racist ideas, before you read his book How To Be Antiracist. (I’m very excited to get his new book Antiracist Baby that I pre-ordered today).

4. Designer Gail Davis hosts a podcast called Design Perspectives, where she normally discusses design and interviews others in the design industry. But over the past week, she’s released three episodes specifically about racism (episodes 16, 17, and 18). The episodes are very personal and honest, and only about 20 minutes long each. I really recommend giving them a listen.

5. This past Thursday, Gail also moderated a panel of Black designers on everything from what their own experiences have been to how they want to see the design industry change. Spoiler alert: There need to be some big shifts in the interior design industry. But there were a lot of good lessons for us as a blog, too. A big thank you to Mikel Welch, Breegan Jane, Laura Hodges, and Carmeon Hamilton for speaking on the panel.

6. Oprah recently hosted a 2-part special, called Where Do We Go From Here? A Conversation Led By Oprah, to discuss this movement in a very frank and off the cuff way. I took so many notes while watching. Also, Oprah for president. 

7. I watched Ava DuVernay’s 13th, which is a powerful and gripping documentary. It’s an hour and 45 minutes of your life that will open your eyes big and fast. If you are wondering why we need a revolution, watch this asap. Our mass incarceration of Black men is criminal. I had no idea how culpable liberal democrats were, and are, in that system.

8. If you want to better understand systemic racism, or don’t believe in the fact that we have systemically oppressed Black people, read The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It’s a 6-year-old article that I just read, but it’s still relevant today. As many others are saying “the system isn’t failing, it’s doing exactly what it was built to do.” Therefore yes, the system HAS to be dismantled and rebuilt in order for our country to ever reach true racial equity and justice. 

9. I’ve started Me And White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad, and I’m currently working through the 28-days of journal prompts outlined in the book. I’m starting to get more comfortable in my discomfort thanks to this book. 

10. I also started The People’s History of the United States, which I read in college as a history major, but it’s an incredible reminder of the ugly history of our country. If you were on the fence about celebrating Columbus Day, you won’t be after reading the first chapter. This book reminded me of another major blindspot of mine – our indigenous population. Stay tuned for more conversations about this and cultural appropriation in the design world. 

If you are disagreeing at all with the current revolution, are upset about the looting, or are continuing to say “All Lives Matter” I really urge you to read, watch, and listen to any or all of the above. And please! Let me know what YOU have read, listened, and watched this week to help continue opening your eyes to our country’s (and our own) systemic racism. I have a big list for this weekend and next week. And as a reminder to myself and anyone else working to be an effective ally – Educating ourselves is an important step! But it needs to be followed by action (like calling and emailing representatives, donating when possible, and VOTING) to truly make change possible. xx

And now we have just a few more Sunday link up links for your clicking pleasure . . .

Get ready to fall in love with Leyden Lewis’ home as much as we did. It’s modern, colorful, peaceful, and entirely inspiring. Also, read this Instagram post.

From Jess: We should all be aware of Cristina Martinez’s art because it’s both beautiful and impactful. And speaking of impactful, this print that she made in support of Black Lives Matter will help to support both Campaign Zero and New Leaders. Yep, 100% of the proceeds will go between these two amazing organizations. It’s a win-win. Incredible art that looks great in your home and is great for the world.

From Julie: My Instagram friend and fellow PCT thru-hiker, Mike (@fraudfix), is an amazing LA-based photographer who recently took some drone photos of the BLM protests here in LA. Last Friday we did a story on Emily’s Instagram sharing that he is selling 11″x14″ prints of this amazing photograph for $100. It’s a good amount of money that is going to an even greater cause. He will be donating all of the proceeds (after printing + shipping costs) to @blmlosangeles, which will be a total of $24k. The prints are limited, and 200 out of 300 copies have already sold. But he said that if more orders keep coming in he wants to up it to 350 prints! If you would like to get on the list to buy a print please email him at [email protected]. Emily bought one on Friday!

From Mallory: Someone DM’ed us this AWESOME earring company last week called Bobbi Made This and I’m officially obsessed. I bought these blue speckled earrings (I AM SO EXCITED FOR THEM TO ARRIVE). But you should also know it was a tough decision between these and these . . . they’re all lightweight, handmade, and they’re pretty affordable. Enjoy!

From Ryann: In addition to watching the documentary 13th, I implore every single White person to watch The Kalief Browder Story on Netflix. It is a heartbreaking true story that unveils the horrors and injustices that occur throughout every part of our criminal justice system. To put it simply, everything that is wrong with the system is in his story and all Americans need to listen.

From Sara: Transgender people face horrifying violence in our country, both from police and civilians in their own communities. Black transgender women specifically are disproportionately affected by violence. In the past two weeks alone, two Black transgender women (Riah Milton and Dominique “Rem’Mie” Fells) were killed. And this past week, on the anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub mass shooting, the president revoked healthcare protections for Trans Americans. If you’re financially able, one of the best ways you can directly support the Trans community right now is to donate. Two trans organization doing really great work is G.L.I.T.S. and the Transgender Law Center. And if you’re looking for something to watch this weekend, I highly suggest The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson or binging seasons 1 and 2 of POSE – all three available on Netflix.

From Caitlin: I love reading and this week I discovered bookshop.org, which lets you buy online from local bookstores. (I’m sorry if you’re also an avid reader and like, “hey dummy, way to be late to the party!!!” — I am a little late to the party but I’m super excited to finally have a resource to buy books online from small businesses!) ANYWAY — last week, my copy of The Vanishing Half arrived and BOY, it is TIMELY. I’m not a huge fiction person but I loved Brit Bennett’s last book, The Mothers, and had arbitrarily pre-ordered this one without knowing what it was about, just because I love the way she writes. GUYS. I haven’t been able to put it down — it follows two twins, Desiree and Stella, born in a Louisiana town of light-skinned Black people. After fleeing their home, one sister marries a Black man and returns to her small town, while one begins passing for white as she starts a new life with a wealthy white husband in Los Angeles. Y’ALL, I cannot believe that this book came out LAST WEEK. It couldn’t be more relevant. IT’S SO GOOD, please read it so we can talk about it!!! Is it time for an EHD book club???

That is all for today! Thanks for joining us, and we hope you have a safe Sunday.

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Kristina Gordon

Can’t wait to read the Vanishing Half! Thanks for these suggestions.

Jessica

My copy of Vanishing Half arrived a few days ago! And YES to an EHD book club!!

Michelle

Thanks for sharing these resources and for your personal commitment. I too am pushing myself to do more and am going to order How to be an anti-racist. But wanted to recommend Selma, which is available for free on Amazon Prime right now (you do need an account). Its super relevant history about what ‘peaceful protesting’ actually looks like for those who typically judge from home. It’s also a reminder that racism isn’t a “black” problem, its a white problem. And if we aren’t holding white people in power accountable than we are complicit in all of the actions done, even if we disagree with them.

Roberta Davis

Wow! So much here to check out! I will be reading and watching! Thank you!

Emma

Emily, are you not upset about the looting? Looting is not ok.

Emma

I am a long-time follower and one of the things I love most about you is your open-mindedness. I am trying to be open-minded here, can you please explain why looting (and harming innocent business owners) is justifiable?

Rusty

I don’t think for a hot second that Emily suggested it was justifiable. Maybe it’s about understanding how it could or might happen, e.g. cause and effect?
I know that when I’m angry, I do and say things I shouldn’t and there’s no justifiable answer.

Anger is a reasonable response to oppression.

IMHO, looting isn’t justifiable, but by looking at it from another perspective, I can see why it might happen. I’m learning to think in new ways.

Emma, that comment made me pause also. Yes I am upset over the looting and reading these sources will not change that, and they shouldn’t. The looting and destroying of businesses and more lives is not the way to bring about change. The looting needs to be stopped, it is evil and nothing good can come from evil. I read the news stories about how these businesses were already hurting because of the Covid-19 quarantine and now they are having to deal with this. Some will never recover because of the looting, for some it will be the straw that broke the camels back. Emily surely you didn’t mean you support the destroying of innocent peoples livelihood? The voice of those who want real positive change is being lost. Peaceful protesting is our constitutional right, looting and destruction are not.

Courtney Tait

Curious ~ are you as vocal about the murders as you are about the looting?

Emily H

Happened on “Africa and Britain; A Forgotten History” on Amazon Prime Video last night. Fresh, new BBC documentary with a very cool Black male narrator researching the history of Black people in Britain.

As in bones of a female found in the English countryside from 105 AD which were determined to be an African woman. White Britains learning their villages used to be inhabited by Roman soldiers and their families. Also that not all Roman soldiers were Italian; they could have been from any of the conquered countries or from Africa.

As a British historian put it, “The conquering Romans could be very cruel, but racism was not an issue with them. They simply did not care about your skin color. Hopefully, we can return to that way of thinking.”

Oh, and the ACTUAL very endearing short letter a Black musician wrote to Henry the VIII asking that he be given equal pay as his white counterparts at court. With the signature of Henry approving the pay raise!

Serious stuff presented in a honest, open way that gives you hope for a better future.

I want to watch this. thank you so much for the recommendation!

Yes I am. If you look at later posts you will see I made a short list of people who all have been murdered during the riots. Their lives matter and the families are left to mourn.

Courtney Tait

Ah, you must have misunderstood. I was referring to the murders of black people by police, which is the cause of the primarily peaceful protests that sometimes lead to looting. Are you vocal about those murders?

Jen

I live in Minneapolis, not too far where some recent destruction occurred. Here’s what I have challenged myself and my loved ones with: 1) I think it’s important to ask WHY rather than just reacting on impulse, 2) once we understand some of the WHY (see Emily’s recommendations above), I think the natural next step is to STOP focusing on the looting, and START focusing on how to work on the injustices that are at the root of why people are so understandably angry, and MOST IMPORTANTLY 3) I think we always have to keep perspective — if we’re talking more about property being destroyed than people being killed, there’s a problem. Anytime someone starts talking to me about looting or buildings burning, I just start talking about George Floyd. Because people are more important than things and I want every word out of my mouth to reflect that priority.

Gigi

Oh my goodness, God bless you! my hands are trembling as I type this. As a woman of color, I don’t delight in the businesses lost but my mind is boggled at the amount of people who were quick to stand up to defend businesses but sat silent over loss of life. Businesses have a CHANCE to be brought back, the lost lives are gone forever. Thank you for taking the time to analyze that. What I feel is all the people who are focusing on the looting are just distracting themselves from the real work of looking within. I just ask that you use that same energy to be outraged about systemic racism, loss of life etc. “I and the public know, what all school children learn, those to whom evil is done, do evil in return.”- W.H. Auden You are all focused on the reaction and you can’t tell someone how to respond to trauma especially when you’ve never experienced it.

Samantha

Gigi, thank you for sharing your voice. This is it right here. Much love.

Jen

ANY reactions that have ever occurred are MILD in comparison to the traumas that have been inflicted. I agree with you — I believe it is very uncomfortable for us white people to sit with the knowledge of all the traumas, all the unbelievable injustices. And so, people start deflecting — in so many ways, but focusing on the looting is a big one. But, like you said, I think it’s to avoid going within, to avoid sitting with the uncomfortable truths, to avoid the pain that comes with seeing the never-ending, appalling harms we’ve inflicted as a white-dominant society. To avoid dealing with the overwhelming task that is dismantling our racist systems. But for any white person going through this, PLEASE stick with it, please sit with discomfort. It is the ONLY way forward to more equity. This really is OURS to resolve; it’s toxic for us all, we will all benefit from more true equity.

Here’s a poem (written by a white woman) — maybe this kind of empathy is a good starting point for anyone talking about property destruction:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CA3GaU6FT_G/

Thank you, Gigi. I 100% agree. We need to be analyzing the WHYS before we judge the act. And exactly, “You are all focused on the reaction and you can’t tell someone how to respond to trauma especially when you’ve never experienced it.” Thank you for taking the time to respond. I sure just wish people would read the articles that I linked up – they are so educational and can change perspective. xx

isabelle

EXACTLY. So many people not speaking up until precious PROPERTY gets damaged, while they didn’t say a word about the loss of human life on an unspeakable scale. Black people have been doing anti-racism work for centuries. When they try to do it peacefully people still put them down or don’t listen. Remember when a bunch of idiots boycotted Nike because Colin Kaepernick simply took a knee? I don’t promote violence, but I certainly understand why these circumstances have resulted in violence. If I had been dealing with this my entire life and my family was getting murdered in the street, with their killers walking free, I would be lighting the city on fire. It’s also worth acknowledging that some of the looting/violence is done by individuals who are just taking advantage of the situation, whether for their own gain or to make the protesters look more violent than they are (hello, Proud Boys currently infiltrating protests in my city!) If you are upset about looting you should take a step back and realize the circumstances that led to looting, and why you yourself have been safe from feeling as though acting out in violence is your only option. Is… Read more »

Lee

In the early days after George Floyd’s murder, all I heard from everyone I knew on every end of the political spectrum was how horrifying his death was. People were NOT silent about that.

I am amazed how, in your rush to judge and accuse and find fault, you couldn’t hear the wave of empathy that resulted. Instead you are just using his death to point fingers at people who aren’t reacting the way YOU want them to react. But if you had bothered to listen, there were very very very few people who hadn’t condemned Floyd’s murder.

People DID speak up about his death. AND people spoke up about the looting. It’s possible to be concerned about BOTH. Perhaps you should put down your scale trying to measure people’s reactions so that you can lecture and preach, and instead do some listening, too.

Brittany

Firstly, I agree with the comments about empathy and understanding that have been made already. No one is arguing that it’s the *best* response. But, imagine how angry you would be if the government-funded organization that was supposed to protect you was killing you instead. Also, imagine how little you’d care about an Apple Store if the world was systematically designed to keep you from owning anything of your own. It also seems like you’re conflating protest with looting, which might hint at your internal bias. Protest is a constitutional right responsible for some of the most important changes in our history. Also, those who participate in looting during the night rarely overlap with those who march peacefully as protestors during the day. Reporters on scene have made this clear. Maybe you should ask yourself why your first thought is about the looters and not the countless black Americans that have been murdered by the police? Where is your indignation about that? Where is your indignation that black women are more likely to be ignored by their doctors and die in childbirth? When you only address the looters, you suggest that this is your first priority, not human life. That… Read more »

Lori

You said this so much better than I could have, thank you!

ellen

I agree you said it exactly how it is and how I can’t put it in words. Thank you !

In response to all the people saying lives over businesses matter, of course they do. Here is a list of people killed as a result of rioting and looting. My heart breaks for everyone of them and their families who have been left behind to mourn.
David Dorn, St. Louis, Mo.
David Mctee, Louisville,Ky.
David Underwood, Oakland, Ca.
Chris Beaty, Indianapolis, Ind.
Italia Kelly, Davenport, Ia.
The killing of these people is useless and will not bring positive change.

Jen

Since you’re concerned about loss of life, I assume you can easily rattle off all of the names of unarmed Black people killed by police? Since the murder of George Floyd was the most recent, but by no means the only, prompt for much of the anger we see…

So your saying their deaths don’t matter. Did you look up these people? They are all Black or POC. They did not deserve to die! Google the name of Italia Kelly, only 22 yrs old, and see the heartache of her family for yourself.

Jen

Please look back at my comment. Did I say they don’t matter? I did not; please do not put words in my mouth. Of course they matter. Since you did not answer my question, I will assume you cannot name the unarmed Black people killed by police. I hope you will research those deaths like you have these, share your empathy, and express your outrage equally.

I have followed the death of black people killed by police and am just as outraged. The issue that was being discussed is can you justify the looting?
My answer is no because it has lead to not only the destruction of business but more importantly lives. For me this is never acceptable, no matter the cause.

Dee

there are more unarmed white people killed by police but we can’t talk about that. It’s a fact, look it up. The problem is poorly trained police who make tragic errors in a very difficult environment. Look up the name Tony Timpa. Oh, you don’t know that name? He’s a white man who was killed by police in the same way that George Floyd was killed. They kneeled on his back, cracking jokes until he died.

Gain some perspective people. Educate yourselves. Look up the facts on police killings via the Washington Post.

Nancy

Overall, yes, there are more unarmed white people killed by police than blacks. But because white people make up far more of the population than blacks, black people are 2.5 times more likely than whites to be killed by police. Those are the facts via the Washington Post database and that’s the issue being addressed here.

Dee

yes, that’s true, black people are 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police but that doesn’t necessarily point towards racism when you consider the socioeconomic gap between blacks and whites. Police are more often called to poor neighborhoods which have higher crime rates. More encounters with the police means a greater liklihood of encounters going bad. Yes, some police officers are probably racist but the data doesn’t show that white cops are killing black people because of their skin color.

Brittany

Socio-economic gaps along racial lines ARE indicative of racism and racist systems. This is not an either/or. This is an and/also. If you believe otherwise, you’d have to believe that minorities are disproportionally underachieving by nature, and I sure hope that’s not the case.

AJ

Totally agree. But the socioeconomic gap caused by racism and racist systems is a huge factor in the fact that blacks cause 50% of the homicides and 60% of the robberies. (I feel like the crimes are committed largely bc they are poor so are in gangs, steal, etc, and they are largely poor bc of systemic racism). So it makes sense that they would be shot at more often, per capita, than white people, by police. No?

AJ

I 100% agree with the BLM movement and agree that systemic racism is real and we all need to work to abolish it. However, I read today that 50% of homicides and 60% of robberies are committed by black people. (Black people make up 13% of the population). So it makes sense that they would get shot at more often, per capita, than white people. Please correct me if I’m wrong in my thinking. I’m trying to learn.

From a WSJ article by Heather Mac Donald:
“the more frequently officers encounter violent suspects from any given racial group, the greater the chance that a member of that group will be fatally shot by a police officer”

Nancy

You’re conflating a lot of different things here:

Dorn, a retired black officer killed by a black looter;

McAtee, a black restaurant owner killed by a member of the National Guard, identity not released and no arrests made;

Underwood, a white federal officer killed by a white member of the military who is suspected of targeting law enforcement;

Beaty, a black man shot while protests were ongoing but police unclear if connected to the riots, no arrests made;

Kelly, a biracial woman shot in the back while leaving a protest, no arrests made.

We should mourn them as we mourn the far more numerous black victims of police violence. But to somehow use these people as an argument for why the protests are wrong is both inaccurate and distracting from the very real work we need to do to improve inequity in our country.

Nancy

I apologize for my error – Oakland was a black male; the other cop believed to have been killed by the same suspect is white.

Peaceful protest are not the issue. Violent rioting and looting that has taken over those peaceful protest is and they are not justifiable, no matter the race of the murder victim. By the way Google Angela Underwood Jacobs, the sister Of David Patrick Underwood, and her address to the House Judiciary Committee where she states, “I’m wondering, where is the outrage for a fallen officer that also happens to be African American.” She also calls for Americans to stop giving in to
“anger and hate” and learn to resolve conflicts with “kindness and love”
This is my hope also.

Brittany

“Conflicts” (although that word seems far too limiting) like this have NEVER been solved with “kindness and love.” They are systemic. They have been going on for centuries. Why should someone who has been denied their human rights be expected to respond with “kindness and love.” We cheer when protesters fight back against their oppressors in other countries. Why can’t we extend our understanding to our own country? Instead, “kindness and love” is used as a silencing tactic. Those who rightly express their moral outrage are told that they’re being unkind or impolite. It’s also a facade that allows politicians and the public to pretend to care while maintaining the status quo. Disruption has changed the world for the better time and time again. Again, NO ONE in these comments (or on the EHD) team believes that loves lost in looting situations aren’t important or don’t matter. It is important to note the previous commenter’s point, however, that many of the instances you pointed out weren’t at the hands of looters. Emily merely suggested that there are resources out there to understand why it happens. Have you read them? Have you taken the time to understand and practice that “kindness… Read more »

Trly

On point! Thank you.

Lee

Brittany, so is it justifiable to “rightly express one’s moral outrage” by looting?

AJ

Nancy they are not an argument for why the protests are wrong (the protests are VERY right); they are an argument for why looting is wrong.

Jen

Love every bit of this post — on the path with you guys, thanks for sharing!

Samantha

Guys thank you!! These recommendations are great. I’m trying to pace myself, but it’s hard when you realize how much there is to learn/unlearn.

Jenn

Thank you for being a guiding light.

It’s so important that as white people we hold onto this momentum and keep continuing the work to create lasting change. Creating a space to learn and grow as humans is true inspiration.

I began looking at this blog to make my home more beautiful and now I’m learning how to dismantle the things that aren’t working in myself and my country to make them more beautiful.

So grateful to your team and readers for these conversations.

thank you, Jenn. Very much.

Courtney Tait

Best Sunday link up in EHD history. Thank you.

Emily, as a longtime fan (who has sometimes cringed at the lack of awareness shown in certain wording and content choices ~ such as not clearly addressing or updating the Alison Roman recommendation a few weeks ago, despite multiple readers pointing it out), I am heartened to see this shift in your consciousness and the actions you are taking on this platform. I look forward to this continued evolution. Thank you for being transparent about your unlearning process, I know it will help compel your readers to do the same going forward.

Lee

“Thank you for agreeing with everything I think Emily because my way of thinking is the only way of thinking, and I need everyone to parrot what I think or I fall into a rage.”

Claire

Lee, why are you so offended and upset by all these comments? What is the point of challenging all of them? You know you can just look away right? Surely you have something better to do with your time than troll a comments page, no?

Jana

Love this!! I love that you’re one of the few designers continuing to walk the walk and not just paying lip service to learning and sharing about white supremacy!

Bo

I just knew Howard Zinn would turn up here. Those young white destructive antifa types grew up on a diet of Zinn and see only the bad about their country. He’s the perfect diet for cynical adolescents but at some point it’s time to grow up and see all sides. If you’re reading Zinn in college I’d get your parents to ask for their money back.

allison

Bo, take a deep breathe. If getting an accurate view of history and the players involved make people feel bad about their country, it means they have a conscious. I implore you to find yours, read a few books (perhaps more Zinn because clearly he makes you uncomfortable) and realize white washing history does not make it true and only adds to the problems of today. I wholeheartedly wish you the best in your journey to educate yourself. You’ll be a more productive citizen of this country when you understand her history.

Bo

Bo here – not a citizen, by the way. It’s about balance – seeing the good and the bad. Lies do indeed make me uncomfortable and Zinn told some half-truths about Columbus. Let’s celebrate our commonality: we both want accuracy. I want mine free of political correctness and virtue signalling.

Nancy

I’m not sure half-truths about Columbus are terribly relevant here; it’s just another distraction like the “black on black crime” or “all lives matter” responses that whites use so they can brush off their discomfort with the issue. The same is true with the idea of “balance” – but when the evidence is overwhelming that the white majority has created systemic racism that oppresses blacks and other minorities, no amount of “but what about … ” can balance that out.

Bo

Bo here – I believe your intentions are good but I see the big picture being an outsider while you see what’s before you. I mentioned Columbus because that’s an area where I have knowledge and that knowledge showed up Zinn as a phony. Truth didn’t serve his cause so he manipulated the facts and did not give an honest and detached appraisal, so he is suspect in all areas when he plays dirty to advance his cause. Commitment to the cause is greater than his commitment to the truth. Do you really believe everything you read without a critical appraisal.

Meg

If you’re worried about the Zinn suggestion, why not suggest something else? I’m guessing you aren’t really trying to help people learn here, but if you are, that would be more useful.

Bo

You are asking me to do a monumental task for which I do not have the time nor the inclination and at the same time you and others are baiting me with with verbal slights, nevertheless since I started with Zinn I will end with him. Two recent books might illuminate the problem: Debunking Howard Zinn and The War on History. I haven’t read either one yet but they are a place to start, if you have any interest.

Brittany

LOL to “I haven’t read either yet.” So, you’re assuming accuracy from the title? Looks like a confirmation bias to me.

Bo

…but I have read articles by each author and found them to be sound. Again, it’s about critical appraisal and restraining feelings in favor of facts. In any case, I’m only doing what Emily’s Caitlin did several postings above and that is recommending a book based on the author’s previous work (or in this case articles) or if you have a problem with me you also have a problem with Emily’s Caitlin which is having a problem with Emily. (See below)

Jennifer

Yes: EHD Book Club!!! I am also just starting to read The Vanishing Half and would love a book club 🙂

Jan

I’ve followed you for years—since Design Star. I’m trying to remember when, up until the last two or three weeks, I have ever seen black people, or people of any color, on your pages, except for exceptionally rarely. Your list if everything you are reading and doing seems performative and more than a little self-congratulatory. I’m glad you’re now mentioning black designers, but I’d prefer to see actual actions and results rather than lists and promises of what you’re going to do.

Amber

I love what you guys are doing here, but it is strangely juxtaposed against a whole bunch of ads for Trump fighting Antifa. I am not that familiar with how these ad networks work, but I thought you could set filters against political ads?

Hiya!! Filters are up on so many websites, including ours, that the campaign is intentionally mislabeling ads to get impressions. If anyone sees a political ad (from anyone), please email me a screenshot (if you can take one!) to [email protected] so our ad network can do an image search and ban it.

Amber

Thanks for the tip! Fortunately, everything seems normal again today :).

This is an embarrassing question to ask, but is it okay for me to have artwork OF black people in my home? There have been several I’ve loved over the years (and I do have one of a black girl blowing a big pink bubble), but I’m not sure if it’s good that I’m promoting good art of all subjects, or bad that I’m culturally appropriating black people. If there are any black artists in the comments, or if the EHD team could talk to black artists, I would love to hear their perspective.

kiki

I struggle with the same thing, thank you so much for asking! I’m seeing so many beautiful things (jewelry, artwork, textiles, etc), but I don’t think I should purchase it because I’m afraid of partaking in cultural appropriation. What should we do?

Trly

Huh?!? Appreciating and buying Black art isn’t cultural appropriation. It is simply supporting beautiful art. Personally, I would only view cultural appropriation in art as a someone taking something from another culture and presenting it as their own without even acknowledging the culture that created it. But, I don’t make up the rules. Not really sure who does.

Bottom line, if you love buy. Supporting Black people includes supporting their artists!

We are actually planning this post because honestly I don’t totally know either. I know what definitely to NOT do but there are some gray areas that I’d love to have experts weigh in on. We are researching to find the right people to ask now. xx

Thank you!

Meg

Hi all – I’ve been getting Nicole Cardoza’s Anti-Racism Daily newsletter: https://www.nicoleacardoza.com/anti-racism-daily. It focuses on an action everyday, paired with info to educate yourself. Recommended!

I’m really enjoying the new links to creators and designers I haven’t heard of before. Yes, to a more inclusive EHD not just because it’s more just but also because it is more exciting and interesting.

Sandi Smith

Just finished listening to 1619 podcast. So informative and well written.

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