Let me start this post by saying I have never been a very outspoken person. Throughout my life, people have asked me why I’m so quiet. In school, it was hard for me to raise my hand and share my ideas. Speaking out and speaking up just doesn’t come naturally to me at all. In college, some of my closest friends would ask me and also criticize me for not participating enough in class lecture, which, tbh, was kind of rude. Even though I write and blog all the time, I get tongue-tied. It can be even more difficult to come to the right words to express my ideas with harder, more serious issues.
That said, I’ve been wanting to use my blog for more activist/feminist things for a long time now, and today marks an important day in my blog’s history. This is a fashion post, but it carries with it a very important social message.
I feel fortunate to have been born and raised in such a diverse environment. My high school was mostly POC. My elementary school and middle school were majority Jewish. My college was pretty liberal and had a very active political climate.
Like many of you, I cried after the 2016 election. Not directly after, it took a few days for the tears to come, but I’ll never forget sitting at the desk of my on-campus job and just breaking down right in the middle of work.
After the election, I was saddened, but I didn’t do much to help. I felt very small and very powerless. Many people in my friend groups are super adamant about attending protests and rallies and calling politicians, but none of that interested me. It’s taken me a long time to figure out how I can be involved in the fight against institutional racism, hate groups, and discrimination.
Marches and protests aren’t your things? THAT’s OK.
Don’t feel comfortable making phone calls? THAT’s OK.
What’s not ok is shaming people for not being involved without suggesting ways they can get involved in this fight.
The point is, even if you are shy like me, we all have to be outspoken on the issues the U.S. is facing right now. White supremacy and discrimination should NEVER be tolerated by ANYONE.
I’ve really adopted the MTA’s slogan: if you see something, say something. Just SPEAKING UP when you see or hear something that’s clearly racist or discriminatory is EXTREMELY important. I’ve taken to calling out my family members for making statements with even the slightest hint of racism. It’s important to educate those around you about why their words are hurtful and/or hateful.
In addition, I’ve also been donating to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and various LGBTQIA+ charities through services like Sharebite and Amazon Smile. You can learn more about these services in my charity post. You can divert your resources to nonprofits who are fighting this good fight by making small, everyday purchases.
All I know is, I’m terrified to be coming into adulthood in a climate like this one. I’m scared for my fellow Jews, my trans friends, and POC friends. This post is also to let you all know that I am here for you, which brings me to the final key way to help that this post is going to mention, which is SOLIDARITY. It’s scary to think that someone right under your nose could be a white supremacist. Who are we supposed to trust these days? Let your friends know that you are there for them. Even if you don’t completely relate to or understand the complexities of the issues that marginalized people face, being there to listen and to provide support is so important!
Ok, now onto the fashion…
Another tip for the shy people of the world is that your CLOTHES can speak for you as well! I’m planning to wear the HECK out of this super rad t shirt from GreenBoxShop. Fun fact: Frank Ocean has this tee in white, so cop yours if you wanna dress like us and let the world know that you stand against sexism, transphobia, homophobia, and racism ✨
Skirt: Forever 21 (similar here)
Shoes: Juju Jellies