I owe you all an apology. In the last few days, I’ve found myself struggling to live up to the “authentic” part of Authentically CLE. I tend to be one who measures my words carefully. That’s the lawyer in me. That’s the perfectionist in me.
I’ve found myself struggling with being a parent and accurately explaining the world to Jeffrey.
I’ve found myself struggling with the line between my personal beliefs and what I share on this platform. Sometimes I’m guilty of thinking that you all know me and therefore I don’t need to tell you where I stand. And sometimes I’m guilty of trying to exist in this space without addressing every issue.
Obviously these struggles are nothing compared to the massive and important struggles taking place in our country. But sometimes our own struggles (even those apart from current issues…especially those apart from current issues) can paralyze us.
At the end of the day, there will always be things that are off-limits here. There are pieces of my own life that don’t need to be shared. But there are also moments in time where it’s necessary to overtly share where you stand.
The staggering racial inequalities in this country can no longer stand. The police brutality, the fear, and the crushing weight of a skewed system are too much for people of color to bear.
I am a privileged white woman who is constantly learning how to be a responsible ally, how to use my platform to amplify voices of people of color, and how to address and acknowledge my own privilege.
My grandfather was a Cleveland Police Officer who worked during the riots in the 1960s in Hough and Glenville. It’s unbelievable how little has changed, how little has been accomplished in that time. I grew up with knowledge of these pieces of Cleveland history, as Jeffrey will grow up with knowledge of this piece of history.
I’m one for concrete resources and in the last few days, I’ve found these to be abundantly helpful in what to read, watch, donate to, and listen to:
The Cleveland Public Library’s list of resources for discussing race
The Anti-Racism Project list of resources of books, movies, films, and organizations
This article is a great resource on organizations to which you can donate
Black Girl in CLE’s thoughts before heading to Saturday’s protest
The political science major in me would be remiss if I didn’t encourage you to register to vote, educate yourself on candidates, and exercise your right to do so.
I truly believe “The People Make the City.” All of the people. Our strength and beauty and sustainability as a city and as a nation exist in our diversity. As I learn more, understand more, read more, and do more, I promise to also share more here, so that we can all grow and learn together.
Please feel free in the comments to share the resources, businesses, and non-profits that are speaking to you in this time.