I'm not usually one to broadcast my political views, and on some channels such as Facebook I haven't made any statements simply because I don't historically do so; starting to use some platforms now feels uncomfortably disingenuous. But I talk a lot on Twitter and I talk a lot here, and I want to be clear: Black Lives Matter.
For all of us who aspire to the title of ally, now is the time to put our money where our mouths are, figuratively (in the form of signing petitions, protesting, etc.) and literally. If you're looking for a way to help, some organizations I have personally donated to in the last few weeks include the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the DC Legal Support Fund, and the Black Visions Collective. But there are TONS of worthy causes out there. If you're not sure where to start, I suggest looking up your local bail fund and going from there, but lead with your heart.
You can also support Black businesses (webuyblack.com is one good resource), watch Black-led shows and movies (I'm watching Self-Made because I adore Octavia Spencer!), follow Black public figures on social media (Ally Henny has been thought-provoking for me) - basically, broaden your horizons.
And if it's not already apparent, I'm not suggesting I'm the foremost authority on allyship, race relations, or any of that! These are just some ways I'm pursuing improvement and growth. I'm 100% open to additional suggestions and discourse in the comments or anywhere else.
Okay. So. Now what? Well... I don't want to say "let's get back to normal," because a) that's not happening any time soon and b) "normal" as defined by "just the same as before" needs some improvements which the populace is collectively addressing at present (see above).
That being said, I do intend to start posting my light, Disney- and running-related content again. If this is not your bag right now, that's okay! You don't have to visit my particular corner of the internet if it's not working for you. No hard feelings.
All right, that's my statement. It certainly can't to cover the depth and breadth of... everything... but it's a start.
Don't forget, you can follow FRoA on Twitter @fairestrunofall. It would thrill me extremely if you would leave a comment with any questions or thoughts. See ya real soon!