Like many of you, I read about the inhumane murder of George Floyd and Amy Cooper’s abuse of privilege last week. With this latest injustice coming on the heels of the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others over the years, my emotions have ranged from anger to sadness.
In the same week the US was able to send two astronauts into outer space, we also witnessed some of the worst behavior of our humanity, showcasing two ends of our human capabilities.
To all of those hurting, especially those in the Black community, know that we at Peau De Loup stand with you and support your right to be seen and heard. I won't pretend to fully understand or even speculate what you're going through, including the injustice you may face daily.
Instead, as the leader of a company whose mission is to empower equality in the form of liberating menswear, I believe that we also have a responsibility to take action toward creating what we want to see realized in the communities around us.
Silence and inaction equal consent, so we commit to speaking up and taking action to fight injustice, inequality, and discrimination. But I also know how important it is to listen and learn when people with lived experiences are speaking. We must do both in order to truly do the work to make this week, and every week that comes after it, better.
On the immediate we will be donating 10% of sales to queer black organizations in need starting with the trans and queer led social justice organization and legal fund based in the USA.
As a company we are pausing, listening, learning, protesting, donating and supporting the movement.
It’s our turn to hold space, show up and demand change.
There is not pride for some of us without liberation for all of us.
FILMS TO WATCH:
American Son (Netflix)
When They See Us (Netflix)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Hulu)
Fruitvale Station (Rent)
I Am Not Your Negro (Rent)
Just Mercy (Rent)
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (Rent)
If you have the funds to spare, consider donating to organizations that specifically benefit black LGBTQ+ people.
Transgender Law Center offers legal resources to advance the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming people.
The Marsha P. Johnson Institute’s mission is to protect and defend the human rights of black transgender people.
The National Center for Black Equity connects members of the black LGBTQ+ community with information and resources to empower their fight for equity and access.
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