Inclusivity is a core value of my business and I mean it in the broadest sense of the word. However, because there are specific marginalized groups that continue to face exclusion in very real ways each and every day, it is important that I affirm my commitment to building an inclusive business for clients, partners, and followers of all races, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, religions, and body types.
At the same time, I know that inclusivity isn’t enough to dismantle anti-Black racism. Fighting for racial justice and being an active anti-racist requires actions and commitments. It’s simply not an option to ‘not mix business and politics.”
So although I am just one small-business owner, I pledge to:
- Collaborate with clients, vendors, and business owners of all backgrounds.
- Create a space where clients, partners, and followers from all backgrounds feel welcome, represented, and respected.
- Support and amplify the work of BIPOC creatives and business owners.
- Remain engaged in learning about anti-racism to better inform my actions, unseat my own biases, and allow me to share anti-racist messages more effectively; AND compensate Black educators who I have learned from.
- Build anti-racist work and learning into my schedule as a business owner.
- Not let my fear of making mistakes prevent me from taking action; to learn from mistakes I make.
- Be willing to engage in uncomfortable conversations, be held accountable, and hold others accountable.
- Donate 5% of sales to Got Green, a South Seattle-based grassroots organization that fights for environmental, racial, and economic justice.