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  • Last night's episode of Seth Meyers included a segment with @amberruffin that was so many layers of important (click the link above for the full video). In the segment she took Seth into her Safe Space room which was a place where she could feel safe and secure to not hear or experience anything that made her feel unsafe. Seth couldn't say the word "Nazi" or try to touch her hair. The walls were filled with beautiful portraits of black women in government, film, TV, music and more. I'm sure it will seem like just a funny moment to some, but that clip cut straight to the core of why these issues (racism, inclusivity, representation and safe spaces) are so important for the home and lifestyle community. The homes and lives we talk about mean different things to different people and what we see in those homes and who lives in them sends a message. We've been spending most of our time for the past few years (and we should have been from the very beginning) examining these issues in relation to home and that will continue to deepen and become more specific as we post this year. We don't live in a world where we can afford to discuss style and home and art and design without considering and examining the way in which all people would feel in those spaces or what their access to them (and representation in them) would be. If you have any topics or issues related to home youd like to see discussed on DS, please feel free to leave those requests below. I'm going to be reaching out to people to contribute their personal stories as well as pieces from our team.
  • I removed the previous post because most major news sources have updated their transcripts to remove the word "us" from Trump's press conference today. Do I feel any differently? No. But I also don't like spreading information that is inaccurate. I think the gist of his speech is still the same and I'm ashamed he's our president and that so many people in America have to live with a president who openly devalues their lives and safety. 📷 by @o_suzannah card by @lafamiliagreen
  • For the past seven days @IonutRadulescu has been sharing colorful digital downloads with us at DS. Today's final design resonated with me the most and reminds me of the reason I struggle with posting vs. not posting about deeper issues on social media. So many of the moments and battles and lessons I've worked through happen offline, away from laptops and screens. And that's been a really important change for me. Remembering to not take pictures or feel the need to turn something into content, and instead live in real life and feel feelings and frustration and discomfort has been a powerful tool for personal change. So I'm thankful to @IonutRadulescu for creating these digital moments that remind me to unplug, love, focus on what matters and live in the moment. If you'd like to download any of Ionut's seven designs (Thank you, Ionut), just click the link in my profile above or swipe up in stories...
  • It doesn't feel right to go back to work as normal today. This is a feeling that has become all too familiar over the past few years. I struggle with saying nothing and saying something because I don't want a lack of speaking up to be perceived as not caring. But sometimes words and hashtags and online sentiment feel empty when it feels like actions are what is needed. But I know both/all are important. 
Lately I've focused more on talking less and listening more, specifically to POC, fellow members of the LGBTQ community and people who experience oppression on a regular basis every day. No single person represents the entirety of one group of people or identity and so, for me, it's felt more important to spend more time doing work that connects me to people with different backgrounds and identities and stories that I haven't yet heard. Not so I can "understand and be done", but so that I can continue to learn more about different people's experiences, histories and points of view. This learning will never be done, ever. 
And in that learning I'm struggling with finding a balance between speaking up and realizing that my voice and my opinion have occupied more than enough space already. I'm struggling with people in my own community who feel that this weekend's racism and hatred and bigotry and anti-semitism are new or shocking or "not us". They've always been a part of my state's history and my culture's history. I think we might notice these things more now or these people are being emboldened to show their faces more openly, but they've always been here. 
I grew up with friends who attended UVA who were assaulted by locals for being black and simply existing among communities of people that don't value them as equal. And I've been spending most of my weekend thinking about one of those attacks and how little I did to support my friend other than express my "shock" and shake my head. I've grown up with layers of privilege and unraveling them and examining them (including how I use this platform at DS) has been a necessary part of realizing what my evolving responsibilities are as a business and as a human being. (CONTINUED IN COMMENTS BELOW)