That alone won't solve police brutality, red lining, prejudicial sentencing, or institutional ills of the like. That takes influence and influence takes $$$. I pledge to donate $100 every month to orgs fighting those battles. I hope you join me.
Who are we marketing our wine club to? Who are we hiring to sell our wine club? Whose wines are we representing? These are questions that I have never asked until now. That fact is unacceptable. I can and must do more, there's no doubt about it. Now...
Why was I uncomfortable? Because as the director of a winery portfolio, I'm a gate keeper. There isn't a single black-owned winery or black winemaker in my book. For all the progress we've made with representing women and Latinx winemakers, **** none in the black community.
I wrote a company statement yesterday and was confronted by @ninamadeleine for short arming it. I snapped at her. With 20 minutes of reflection, I rewrote it and addressed the very thing I was uncomfortable bringing up, that the wine industry doesn't reflect our communities.
Privilege doesn't make you immune from every hardship. But it shields you from some or many. We see this acutely in the justice system but also finance, real estate, and virtually every other industry. Education! So, what I guess I'm saying is, confront yourself. Right now.
Why did I assume that's what they were saying? Ego, unchecked self-consciousness. That still happens, almost every time! It's my first reaction. Until I step back and think that even with some of the things I've gone through, there is so much I've never been subjected to.
I always assumed that when people pointed out my privilege, they were trying to say that I haven't earned what I've gotten. That I haven't worked hard. That I haven't struggled and endured real, tangible hardship in my life. In reality, they weren't saying *any* of that.
To confront police brutality and systematic racism, there's a certain amount of self-reflection that must take place first. As a white man in America in particular, that often means starting with the acknowledgement of privilege, something I haven't and don't always do very well.
Enough said. Another striking image of the different world people who look like me live in compared to our neighbors.
Feels like many people are starting to realize that wall separating many issues of politics from issues of basic morality was nothing but an imaginary construct, built by those who wanted to justify their abhorrent moral code. Good.
Watching the replay of CU's win over KU back in 2013 reminded me: that was not a pretty game. Tons of missed free throws, inept 3pt shooting. So with that in mind... What was the best game of basketball you've watched CU play in the last 10 years?
Folks I have realized something that may forever change myself and I'd like you to be a part of this moment. Yes, it's true, I did just realize Bodie is in the "Never Leave You" music video. Wow, I'm glad we were together for this.
Is it really asking too much to take an appropriate tone whenever we speak about COVID and our societal reaction to it? More than 90,000 people have died in like three months. Please show even the slightest amounts of reverence and respect. FFS people.