Say his name: Jordan Edwards (2002-2017) #blacklivesmatter
We can’t afford to get numb to this. He was a human being. A son, a brother, a friend, a teammate. Unarmed, 15 years old. Shot by the police in Texas this week. There is a human being behind each one of these strange little photo boxes we observe each other through, and it’s our collective responsibility to reaffirm out loud, with extra fortitude, the right of communities of color, our friends and neighbors, to live without fear for their safety and the safety of their children.
Imagine what radical change we could make if we recognized taking care of our planet, taking care of each other and taking care of ourselves all as inseparable parts of the practice of being alive. If we could bring these elements into balance. I’ve been thinking a lot right now about where those intersections are in my own work and life, and I’ve been talking about a lot of things on my social media that probably seem unrelated to botanical skincare. I believe these three care-taking practices cannot be unlinked from each other, there is no way to separate them. So I’m going to keep talking about about balancing the responsibilities we have to our planet, to our communities (especially our most marginalized and vulnerable), and to ourselves. I’m a human being. I run a tiny business. I’m going to keep talking out loud about racial, gender, environmental, and economic justice. And I hope you will, too, no matter your reason for being here.