We are in the year 2020 and currently still fighting for racial equity. A fight that never stopped for our Black community.
This fight affects us all. Whatever color you may be, the pain and suffering of one is the pain and suffering of all. And we’ve failed to see that.
We have a duty— to uplift, amplify, and be actively anti-racist every single day.
Here at Sotela, I’ve been thinking about our steps moving forward. How do we integrate our anti-racist work in everything we do? How can we show up to be a profound ally for the long haul?
From day one, diversity and inclusion has been at the heart of this company. However, there is so much more we can do to be truly diverse and inclusive. I’m sorry for not seeing it or doing more sooner. I’ve lived for too long in the comfort of my privilege. Now I’m awake, and can’t sit idle any longer.
Originally, I laid out a few action items for Sotela in this post. I believed that is what I needed to do to take a stance as a founder and as a company.
But there was something that didn’t feel right.
I felt like I was hastily putting together an action plan so that I can show how Sotela can and will be an ally. It felt slightly performative to talk action when I’ve only come to this awareness a week ago.
Before we take the next step in defining an action plan, I need to analyze how I’ve benefited from a system that was born out of white supremacy.
It will take more learning, unlearning, and self-reflection before I get there as a person and as a company.
Thank you for holding us as a company, and me as a founder, accountable. If Sotela doesn’t feel like a safe place for all, I’ve failed in my vision for the company. I’ll continue to listen and to do better, and my door (or inbox) is always open if you’d like to share how we can improve. I’d love to continue the conversation with you.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of anti-racism resources that I have turned to during this time of awareness:
- Actionable steps of where to donate and how to facilitate conversations
- Anti-racist book list
- Books for children featuring Black heroes and characters
- 10 Steps to Non-Optical Allyship