Hi Modern Rebels,
We’re outraged by George Floyd's murder and the countless Black lives that have been lost while America continues to ignore its own white supremacy.
Celebrating love and partnership is impossible if people do not feel safe and celebrated as individuals and even outside the context of partnership - lives are at stake, we cannot be silent.
Modern Rebel has always sought to be a voice for change in the wedding industry but it’s clear there is so much further to go to be an actively anti-racist company and an anti-racist wedding industry. As a white CEO, I have failed to show up on many occasions. Business owners have such opportunity to embed ethical and inclusive policies into the fabric of their businesses - so, we start there:
By publicly proclaiming on our social channels and personal lives: Black lives matter. Period. And we do this long after the hashtag is trending, too.
Additionally, we want to make sure our non-Black couples feel encouraged to be in an anti-racist partnership and throw anti-racist love parties. To make sure your events are a part of the solution - not the problem, here are some thoughts + actions worth considering:
In addition, we want to make sure we are open to feedback from our clients and couples - so, we are here if/when you want to have a dialogue with us about ways we can be better. But we do not ask this of you - we need to do the work. We are reading, listening, and trying each day to be better. This resource list has been a great place to start in the un-learning + learning process behind closed doors - in our homes and our communities.
Let’s keep the revolution going,
Amy Shack Egan, Founder + CEO of Modern Rebel
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