Where’s Your Voice?

Where’s your voice? No, I am not talking about your brand’s or your company’s voice. I am talking about your actual, individual voice. The one you use every day. The one that’s as gravely as chain-smoker and slowly skids across those rocks to greet your family in the morning. The one that every so often, has to nervously stand up and say, “hi, I’m Ted” to a room full of future acquaintances, only to be met with open arms and a collective bear hug. The one that is quick to play philosophical mind monopoly when having conversations that are “nuanced”. Those conversations dealing with racism and systemic oppression in America aren’t easy and our voice is important.

Can you use your voice to amplify what others are saying? Can you use your voice to combat overt and subtle aggression towards BIPOC? Can you use your voice to teach the people around you-your family and friends-that the way we arrived here isn’t some new phenomena? We’ve been here for thousands of years.

More importantly, can you use your voice by silencing it to listen? Can you open your ears, mind, and heart to the words, pleas, and education of those whose voices should have never been stifled in the first place? Can you refrain from over-explaining, providing your defense, detailing your intent, or otherwise trampling over the lived experiences of entire generations?

The following pieces are amazing opportunities to learn and listen so that you can use your voice to amplify and support the authors:

Laura Witt

https://wearyourvoicemag.com/identities/race/need-white-allies-white-supremacists-virginia

Jagger Blaec

https://theestablishment.co/the-kkk-rally-in-charlottesville-proves-why-noconfederate-is-needed-2b02d1ec4dd5

Natalie Degraffinried

http://verysmartbrothas.theroot.com/white-people-ain-t-nothing-funny-about-white-supremacy-1797787831

Safety Pin Box

https://www.safetypinbox.com/black-women-being/

 

The Noble Pen is committed to using our voice to spread the reach of others’ voices and also using it to take a seat. So, with that, seat taken.

With Love,

TNP, H.H

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