In her wonderful book So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo empathetically assures well-meaning white people who want to wade into the waters of race and all they touch: “You are going to screw this up.”
Hence the blog. I’ve titled it as such to get the reality of screwing things up acknowledged in writing up front and out of the way.
Race is a big deal for me. So are a lot of other things. As an emerging creative writer, I hope to keep up this blog as a cross-functional, intersectional running commentary on these big ticket items in my mind and heart, through the lens of writing. The writing life, the environment, climate change, politics, culture, gender, economics, power: I am interested in it all, and promise to screw it all up for you here.
Here are some conversational norms that I deeply respect, created by and used in my current workplace. I will abide by these, and if you choose to comment (I thank you in advance) so will you.
I proactively seek and consider diverse voices, ideas and perspectives.
I seek first to understand and then to be understood.
I embrace a mindset that promotes my own and others’ learning.
I address conflict directly, productively, and with compassion.
I seek opportunities to show gratitude and celebration.