To our Blood + Milk community,
Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. The senseless murders of these human beings and countless more of our Black community have consumed our thoughts and hearts this week. We live in a country that for too long has created systems of oppression meant to minimize Black voices and take away Black lives without consequence. At Blood + Milk and Cora we do not tolerate hate, prejudice, or racism of any kind.
We acknowledge that as an editorial platform, we must do better not only to amplify Black voices but to dismantle the racist foundations and systems that have suppressed them in the first place. Black Lives Matter.
In 2017, we spoke to a great awakening that we were feeling in our country. We said: Blood + Milk is a community and resource for the awakening womxn. We exist to help every womxn wake up to a new reality: that oppression of any kind can no longer be tolerated in silence. We have been living in a nightmare, but collectively we are waking up.
What we failed to mention is that this oppression—this nightmare—is not as simple as a shared experience among womxn. That, to wake up from womxn’s oppression, we must acknowledge the pervasive racist and even murderous systems that persecute Black women specifically.
We have never been intimidated by difficult conversations, and our pledge to you is that we won’t shy away from this one—not this week, nor in the years to come. We don’t have all the answers today, but we pledge to use our platform to amplify Black voices and stories, continue to listen and learn, share antiracism tools and resources, and to more consistently check in with you, the members of our community, to be held accountable to lasting change.
We won’t always get it right, and we invite you to reach out to our team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you see areas where we can improve. We are listening.
Molly Hayward, Editor in Chief
Megan Lierley, Managing Editor