If you read Monday’s blog post on moving forward, then you know I plan to use the book Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad in order to unpack my own baggage around race and racism. It’s time to look at myself and uncover my own racial biases, in order to move towards a better world.

I am not asking anyone to do this with me. But if you wish to do this on your own then you really need to get the book Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor. (I am not sharing this as an affiliate link because it’s not my place to profit from this lesson.)

The book covers 28 days of discussion and journal prompts around such subjects as white privilege, white silence, racist stereotypes, cultural appropriation, white saviorism, and other topics. Each day, one subject is covered with an explanation and real-world examples. At the end of the daily subject, there will be journal prompts to reflect upon.

I start the first week today and in next week’s Wednesday post I’ll share what I’ve learned about myself. I’m doing this because I was called out. Not personally, but in a blogging group that I’m in, it was suggested that white bloggers say they want people of color to read their blogs, but they don’t make their blogs welcoming to anyone who isn’t white.

When our posts and pictures all showcase white people and we don’t use people of color in our pins for Pinterest or our pictures for Instagram and Facebook…our we really being welcoming to a more diverse readership? Or are we sending out signals that this is a blog for white women?

And I realized…this is me. This is my blog. For over two years, I did monthly interviews with mostly middle-aged white women around how they started over in their life after an empty nest, or a move, or a new career. I featured one black business but all the interviews were with white people.

It didn’t start out as my plan to only interview white people. I asked for participants in numerous groups. But if someone who is BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) came to my blog, would they feel welcome? Would they think that I was open to having someone like them on my blog? Not if they just looked around. They’d have to work and dig around to find that out about me…but why should they have to? I should be doing the work to make them feel welcome.

And so, this is my work to look inward and uncover any hidden biases I have.