I’m Black. Everyday. All day. Every second of the day.
I’ve come to my blog to write because the overload of commentary on Facebook and Instagram has been much. However, I am grateful that more voices are being added to the conversation. I just felt so drowned.
The murder of George Floyd seems to be the straw that broke the camel’s back. I know it felt that way with me. Why? Because this is nothing new, but it was like “When is this going to stop?” I spoke with friends and family. We went through so many emotions. Rage. Anger. Sadness. Hopelessness. Despair. Fear.
I’m from a predominantly Black town in southern USA; yet, the state is fraught with racial tensions. We were taught our history heavily by our Black teachers, leaders, and family. It is for that reason that I know the injustices against Blacks in this country go so far back. Very far. But, for the sake of time I’ll say Emmet Till’s horrific death led to the Civil Rights Movement. More would die. Are still dying. George Floyd’s death has re-energized the movement as we boldly state, “Black Lives Matter!”
Yet…it makes me so sad that my mother who turns 70 on July 26 is asking me and others where the protests are being held because she wants to join. She’s been going through this her entire life. She shouldn’t have to. It makes me sad that my nieces and nephews are joining in the movement and don’t have the luxury to just be children. Yet…it also gives me courage because they are willing to fight for a better future. That is hope.
How does this connect with the fiber arts? As the first statement of this post states, I’m Black. I don’t have the luxury to escape into my knitting, sewing, etc. Even when I’m creating something that brings me joy, I’m simultaneously aware of the injustice. When people come to my platforms and find inspiration from my crafts that makes me so happy. The appreciation and unity we have for the arts has always brought me such joy.
Now, I’ve been getting an influx of followers due to this unrest. I’ll admit I don’t know how I feel about this. I have NEVER wanted to be the token black girl. Please don’t make me a token.
ETA: Although I appreciate people wanting to support a Black crafter, I hope that people are here for my creative content. This will be the main focus of the page. However, I will share resources for racial justice from time to time.