What can we say about 2020 that hasn’t already been said? While we all know that this wasn’t the year anyone had hoped for, we were relieved to see moments where the turmoil, isolation, and fear began to turn toward learning, reaching out, and action. This is clearest when we look at the increased attention and support of the Black Lives Matter movements, mutual aid networks, and the rush of anti-racism related books back to the top of the best-sellers list. We can also see it when we look at the top viewed posts published on the She+ Geeks Out blog this year. People were looking to hear that there was support, there was community, there was something they could do to make a difference. They were looking for outlets for joy and for their tears. They were looking for art, for ideas, and for peace. Below, we invite you to revisit the top posts of 2020.
5. Our Feminism is Intersectional. Black Lives Matter
Silence is complicity. Silence is not an option for us. Inaction is not an option either; we are actively anti-racist. On the first day of Pride month, we also remember and recognize that Pride commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Riots, which were started by Black trans women and Black drag queens.
4. Microaggressions in the Virtual World
Microaggressions can happen any time, at any place. And the truth is, we don’t necessarily have to be in the same physical space to witness or commit a microaggression. In this short video, I want to talk about how microaggressions can show up in the virtual world and how we can respond to them when we see or witness them.
3. An Open Letter to Black People Wanting to Find Peace in the Midst of Grieving
You know the feeling you get when there’s a scream or cry stuck in the back of your throat? That’s probably how many of us have felt as we collectively grieve over Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Muhlaysia Booker, and most recently George Floyd and Tony McDade. The thing about being Black is that you can’t wholeheartedly ignore what’s happening to people who are being affected in your community. There is a shared pain going around because we know that deep down these atrocities have either happened or could happen to someone close to us. Someone we love.
2. 30 Incredible Black Womxn Artists to Follow on Instagram
If there’s anything we love at She+ Geeks Out, it’s a good Instagram account. Bonus points for feeds featuring visual art by awesome womxn. We’ve rounded up 30 of our favorite accounts of Black womxn for you to follow. We’ve committed to sharing more of their work on our own accounts, but we encourage you to go directly to the source and show some love. Hint hint: many of these folks have prints available for purchase or commissions open.
1. Intent vs. Impact: 5 examples of how your support for Black lives (or lack thereof) may be causing harm
In light of recent events, I’ve seen how the intention of companies to support Black lives, understand racism, and ultimately work towards dismantling racism have led to increased awareness and hopefully what will be sustainable change in the workplace and beyond. I’ve also seen how similar intentions have had the opposite effect, and unfortunately caused more harm than good.