These weeks we have been thinking. We tried to do better at listening, reflecting, watching and reading anything we could get our hands on. Our company culture and our values sit at the core of what we do. While a small decentralised team now, we strive to grow with values of equality and justice, representing many nationalities, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations and walks of life.
As founders and as a team, we are committed to taking the following actions, we might not succeed from the start but we’ll keep trying to get better.
Acknowledge and speak up when someone is being discriminated or is threatened. Actively listen, learn and educate ourselves about other’s experiences. Challenge our own biases, categorising and stereotyping is never the answer. Challenge others’ biases. The tough conversations sometimes happen over family gatherings or when we pop in for dinner over a friend of a friend. Educate ourselves from alternative sources of history books or from books/ films/ essays written by the minorities — they might have a different angle than what we’ve been taught.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race — by Reni Eddo-Lodge
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism — by Robin J. DiAngelo
When They Call You a Terrorist: Black Lives Matter Memoir — by Patrisse Cullors-Brignac
Me and White Supremacy — by Layla Thee Ancestress
On Race, Identity and Belonging — by Afua Hirsch
Girl, Woman, Other — by Bernadine Evaristo (!)
Work by Rachael Elizabeth Cargle, writer building an intellectual legacy through teaching, storytelling & critical discourse.
Notes of a Native Son — by James Baldwin
Films & Series
13 (Netflix UK)
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (iTunes)
When They See Us (Netflix UK)
Sitting in Limbo (BBC iPlayer)
12 Years of Slave (Netflix UK)
I am not your negro (iTunes)
The Pursuit of Happyness (Netflix UK)
A couple of snaps from both NYC and London, where safely and respectfully, we stood in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. We look forward to growing personally and professionally in unity and equality and every day to make the world a little less unjust.