If you follow me on Twitter, you probably would have seen me tweet an email that I received from a so-called “reader” of my blog yesterday. You guys are all probably aware of the devastating news that recently took place in Charleston, South Carolina this week, and the email I received was in response to my tweets regarding the heinous, racist and senseless killings:
The email above reeks of undiluted bullshit, self-entitlement and privilege, however what I wanted to highlight today is the issue of social justice/issues and blogging. I have always been someone who’s never been shy to discuss things that need to be discussed and debated and the fact that I am a beauty and style blogger makes absolutely no difference to how I project my thoughts and feelings on issues that happen on the outside.
As bloggers, we have this amazing platform to talk about and promote anything we want, whether it be clothes, music, gadgets or makeup. When you have a following like that, I think it’s incredibly important to also talk about issues that you feel are close to your heart, or issues that you feel are important to spread the word as much as possible. This INCLUDES race. I’ve been someone who has always spoken out about racial inequality in all sectors, whether it be regarding police brutality, employment, or the lack of ethnic diversity within blogging and modelling. As the story broke this week regarding the Charleston massacre, I was saddened when I noticed that a lot of bloggers were noticeably quiet, as opposed to tweeting like mad if the subject were on Feminism, sexism, non-white terrrorism or weight discrimination. I think a lot of people feel like a) this isn’t their problem and b) they don’t want to appear too socially aware for fear brands may stop working with them. This is absolute bullshit and I’m sick and tired of it.
I am more than just blogging about the hottest new lipstick or fashion designer in town. I am a woman. A black woman, whose people are being (and have been) senselessly killed, attacked, judged, bullied and harassed and I’ll be damned if I am ever going to not voice my frustration over this because of how I feel it would affect my blog and brand. Now I don’t know about the type of brands others work with, but the brands and companies I work with know that I am a passionate person who is not scared to stand up in the causes I believe in. The whole point of having a blog is to talk and have an opinion on whatever I want, no? Racial discrimination is important to me and should be important to everyone. People don’t seem to have a problem when I’m talking about body confidence and positivity, however when race is thrown into the mix, suddenly it’s controversial and uncomfortable? Nine people have just lost their lives, yet YOU’RE uncomfortable??
I refuse to be silent about the things that matter.
I refuse to simply “stay in my lane” whatever that means.
I refuse to tolerate racism.
I refuse to avoid talking about the issues that matter because it does not fit in with your comfort level.
I refuse to prioritise your privileged feelings over thousands of black lives.
I refuse to indulge and be apart of this fake ‘blog’ culture where everything is rainbows and unicorns and ‘oh let’s only talk about issues that are relevant to me and my race’.
I refuse to be silenced by anyone. And I implore more of you to to feel this way, because the silence by some is deafening right now.
I totally did not expect the email to blow up as it did, however I am happy as it gives us, bloggers as well as non-bloggers, a chance and an avenue to talk about issues such as this. It has highlighted the bigoted, racist, white privilege filled opinions shared by millions of people all over the world. It gives us a chance to debate and air our frustration, and pain, but most importantly, it gives us an opportunity to learn.
But..ya’know. I’m just a blogger. What do I know, right?