Being a Filipinx who is cisgendered, looks ethnically ambiguous, speaks English without an accent, has a university education, works with mostly white people, has mostly white friends and has a white male partner, I am a POC that has had extraordinary privilege, and I have benefited from a system that continues to dehumanise Black & Indigenous people, making it harder for them to have the same opportunities I have had.⠀ ⠀ I have spent the last week or so writing this piece on my own experience growing up Asian in a Western world, and why I feel it is important to speak up in order to be a true ally.⠀ ⠀ I published it today, on Juneteenth, the anniversary of the day that the last enslaved African-Americans were emancipated on June 19th, 1865. ⠀ ⠀ You can read it over here (link in bio): https://camillebecoming.com/blog/2020/6/17/growing-up-asian-in-a-white-world.
It is not enough to be silent and neutral. Let us stand in solidarity with Black communities and people of colour to actively oppose a system designed to oppress and silence. It’s time to check our privilege and start being actively anti-racist. This means no longer supporting corporations & individuals who profit or benefit from the oppression and suffering of people of colour; this means supporting organisations who support and empower people of colour. This means going to vote, and not voting for politicians and leaders whose entire political campaign is about “boosting the economy”. This means loving Black people as much as we love Black culture. This means actively educating ourselves on the matter, instead of turning away because it’s too hard to look. This means looking for signs of racism within yourself, and being open to having challenging conversations about our points of view. This means calling out friends and family on racist jokes (however innocent). This means starting the journey of learning what it truly means to be an ally. For the next little while, I will be posting only to share content and resources related to this movement. I would like to make a list of resources for myself—if anyone has any books, blogs or podcasts to recommend, leave it in the comments so we can all see. #blackouttuesday
And just like that, it’s June. Grateful for the warmer days of late, distanced hikes and picnics with friends, and for all the good days yet to come.
The fruits (and/or vegetables) of our labour from last weekend happily sprouting by the windows. @beckermade_ and I (but mostly him) built the wooden planter boxes out of wood J himself salvaged from the dump in Banff. Looking forward to enjoying our lettuce, tomatoes, basil, chives, green onion, cilantro, sage and rosemary grown right here at home.
Happy due date day (but not-quite-birth-day) to these two ✨