Those of you who follow us on social media may have noticed that we were mostly quiet online this past week. During that time, I and my staff were in conversation about how to best support the Black community in an ongoing and real way. I admit to a lifelong fear of failure that almost paralyzed me as I tried to find a path forward in work that guarantees I will be unable to execute it perfectly. I'm thankful for the many leaders, activists and writers whose posts, articles, podcasts, books, etc. helped me realize the goal shouldn't be to NOT fail but instead to "fail forward": listen, act, regroup and then take the next right step.
As a white women-run business, whose customer and vendor list consists mainly of other white women, it took only a moment of self-reflection to see that I have a lot of work to do make Noun the welcoming place I thought it was. As a first step toward fostering a more representational community at NOUN and expanding our education on the anti-racist movement, I have committed to the following actions:
1. Provide anti-racist readings and courses for staff.
2. Pay our new-found teachers* for this education and engage with groups that work towards racial equality and anti-racist policies.3. Source and stock the work of BIPoC across all categories we carry (jewelry, stationery, decor).
4. Highlight the poetry of BIPoC in future sound installations and actively source BIPoC literature for our library.
I hope you'll join us as we learn (and unlearn!) and let us know when we can do better.
*If you're interested in the current resources we are using, here is a list:
Learning: Spiritual Activism 101 & 102 by Rachel Ricketts