I’ll be donating 100% of profits from my poetry book “Loving Yourself Into Being” (amazon.com/dp/1734614307) to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund for all of June. NAACP LDF “seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice” (www.naacpldf.org) and has had a fantastic track record in creating change in this space.
I’ve been reflecting and feeling the weight of my own privileges as an Asian-American—that I don’t face the same multi-faceted discrimination as other POC, that I have the space, safety and resources to educate myself on how to be anti-racist and un-learn old biases. I hesitated on sharing this post because I feared diluting the Black Lives Matter movement and felt that I wasn’t helping “enough” or in the “right” way. But then I was reminded that we can all contribute to social change in our own way—by speaking out with our art, passion and livelihood—which is better than being silent out of fear of being criticized or mis-judged. It is important that we be courageous by sharing what’s on our minds, and equally important to be open to constructive feedback—this is how we learn and grow. The commitment of this post is just one step of many in supporting change that is long overdue.
I believe these poems can help bring us back to our own humanity, back to ourselves, and back to the beauty and love that is innate within each and every one of us. May they recharge and heal you so that you have greater energy to contribute to a better, united, more just and loving world.