After a wonderful and peaceful weekend with the family on a beautiful lake in Wisconsin where we enjoyed being outside riding four wheelers and wave runners, boating, swimming, barbecuing, bon-firing, we returned home and to the harsh realities of life as we know it – violence, racism, and hate, and the senseless murders that are a result of that. I felt my own privilege, that so many of my fellow Americans don’t get to experience, to no fault of their own.
To be honest I’ve been so overwhelmed with sadness, anger, and fear that I have felt sort of paralyzed to do anything but obsessively watch and read the news, which only further propels me into a state of depression and helplessness. So even though i typically only discuss style here on the blog, I feel the need to say something today, even if only to get it off my chest.
I’ve seen racism and colorism first hand my entire life, within my own community and in others. For years I brushed if off, stayed quiet, let it go, when I heard my friends and family say horrible things, when maybe they thought they were being funny or just ‘telling it like it is’. My silence, I now realize, only reinforced this kind of thinking and made it ok. I’m no longer doing that. I’ve already cut out a few friends from my life who choose not to respect and regard all human beings equally. I read a great article by Imam Khalid Latif, where he said “We do not have to be women to stand up for women’s rights, Black to stand up for Black rights, or Muslim to stand up for Muslim rights. An attack on any of us is an attack on all of us. ‘If you see something, say something’ has to mean something more than reporting a suspicious package on public transportation. If you see bigotry, say something. If you see hatred, say something. If you see racism, say something.” Read the entire article here .
Here’s to hoping and praying we can make a better tomorrow for our children.
And here’s a new outfit post wearing more of my summer staples – as always thanks for visiting and also thank you for letting me vent my frustrations 🙂 have a great weekend xx
Shoes: Thanks to M.Gemi – also available in black and cognac (use this link to get $40 off your first pair of shoes!) | Jeans: Thanks to DSTLD ($75!) (I cut and frayed the hem myself) | Vest: Thanks to Modcloth (under $40!) | Bag: Chanel | Sunglasses: via Ditto.com‘s endless eyewear program – use code LOVEZAHRA to get a free trial pair!