We feel saddened, we feel outraged, we feel devastated, we feel sick.
George Floyd was brutally murdered by the police in broad daylight. An innocent life was taken and this is not the first time this is happening. The conversation around systemic racism is louder than ever and it’s important for all of us to listen, to learn, and to speak up.
Being part of the fashion industry, we can’t allow ourselves to avoid the conversation around systemic racism in our industry. This industry was built on injustice, exploitation, and greed for power. We need to acknowledge that we all have an obligation to do better.
We are a female-led, independent brand and from day one, our agenda was to change and disrupt the status quo of this industry. We can’t talk about sustainability and not talk about inclusivity. We can’t talk about feminism and not talk about diversity. We need to stop choosing between the agendas of activism and pick the ones that feel most comfortable to us.
In the last few days, our team spent time listening, learning, and gathering sources that will help us all to do better and contribute to change. We decided to share some of them with you and hopefully it will help you to understand that while we are all part of the problem, we can (and should be) part of the solution. Our inbox is as always open for your thoughts and messages.
Let’s listen, learn, give platforms to the unheard voices, support, contribute, and speak up.
Founder of SABINNA
We realise that the countless material on what to read, watch and listen to in this current climate can be overwhelming.
Which is why we have compiled a list of our favourite resources and recommendations.
Hopefully these can be of help!
– Dear White People
– When They See Us
– She’s Gotta Have it
– The Get Down
– Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker
Movies + Documentaries
– Hidden Figures
– Get Out
– The Hate U Give
– Queen & Slim
– If Beale Street Could Talk
– ‘Why I am no longer talking to white people about race’ by Reni Eddo-Lodge
– ‘White Fragility’ by Robin Diangelo
– ‘So you want to talk about race’ by Ijeoma Oluo
– ‘Me and White Supremacy’ by Layla F Saad
– ‘”I Will Not Be Erased”: Our stories about growing up as people of colour’ by gal-dem
– ‘Americanah’ by Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie
– ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee
– ‘The Colour Purple’ by Alice Walker
– ‘Queenie’ by Candice Carty-Williams
– ‘Zami: a new spelling of my name’ by Audre Lorde
If you have kids, and want to incorporate more diverse stories that centre around the experiences of people of colour, these are two amazing articles filled with recommendations:
Please always consider buying from a local bookshop rather than ordering via Amazon & Co! #supportsmallbusinesses ❤️