You likely already know that Like Minds Communications is a Jewish and white-owned business based in Houston, Texas, the hometown of George “Big” Floyd, who was murdered on May 25, 2020. You also likely know that we (Jenny and Melina) are not shy about our views and our all too frequent condemnation of antisemitism, racism, anti-LGBTQIA+ rhetoric, Islamophobia, xenophobia, misogyny and hate, in general. And we want you to know that we are with you. Even if our voice trembles, even if we say the wrong thing. We are outraged, and we want more for our country and for our black neighbors.
As diligently and passionately as we try to stand up to hate, intolerance and unchecked biases, we are often unsuccessful and unwelcome. We’ve seen the eye rolls and have heard the “okay snowflake”-type remarks...from our own professional networks, friends and family members. They don’t want to talk about race, confront their privilege or acknowledge the microaggressions they commit regularly, let alone hear the term used. They don’t want to be reminded that their “barely racist” remark was in fact extremely racist...or that their implicitly biased word choices (you know the ones: retarded, gay, hood...the list goes on and on) are problematic for far more reasons than being politically incorrect. They don’t want to have to give up their privilege or acknowledge their (our) part in the systemic racism that makes America a mostly great place for white folks (the authors included)...but not for people of color.