As we head into the last weekend of June we can’t help but to reflect on the events that have transpired over the last month. With a three-month build-up of social distancing and a culture of fear, June hit us with some harsh realities, leaving us all experiencing the growing pains that come with necessary, history-making change.
We cannot grow in our comfort zones – our disenfranchised BIPOC neighbours, friends, and family know this without ever having been explicitly told. The changes that have been fought for this month – and that will continue to be fought for – have brought to light aspects of our society that many of us have chosen in the past to turn a blind eye to.
But June has guaranteed that the world is watching, listening, pushing for what is right – BIPOC have carried the weight of the world’s eyes on them throughout this movement, and the burdens on their backs will be remembered in our history books for generations to come. To our BIPOC followers, friends, family, acquaintances, colleagues, neighbours, and strangers alike – we see you. We hear you. We continue to stand with you in the fight against systemic racism.
We encourage our followers to continue to educate themselves on the terminology and situations they’ve heard about this month. ‘White privilege’, ‘systemic racism’, ‘microaggressions’ – these are all great places to start, and the resources are endless. Read the stories of Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, George Floyd, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice – read about the mothers, sisters, children, friends, and communities reeling from the injustices of their deaths. To our Canadian followers – open your eyes to the failings in our own backyard; the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada is riddled with deep-rooted, systemic violence that continues today.
Remain uncomfortable. Sit with that discomfort and let it teach you something. Unpack it from the box within your brain you’ve locked it in and examine it in the daylight. Failure is our greatest teacher – look long and hard at your own failings and let them guide you to becoming a better ally.
We all have a role to play in this narrative – be open to the possibility that you have been wrong. Be ready to hear how you have failed your BIPOC friends and family. Be committed to unlearning the racial prejudices’ that are ingrained in our culture. To our BIPOC communities – don’t feel guilty for needing time to rest, recover, and restore after a month-long battle on the front lines of change. We hope you are taking care of yourselves.
At KC, we remain committed to uplifting BIPOC creators, designers, makers, and game changers in the fashion narrative. We will continue to take responsibility for our part in this narrative, and continue this conversation. Our inboxes are open @kclifestyling on Instagram or email us at [email protected].