I had my eyes opened by @nicoleacardoza yesterday. She told her story & sadly it’s a story that so many black and brown people have had to face.
For those of you that don’t know her, Nicole is a prominent figure in the wellness space as well as an anti-racist activist and entrepreneur. Last year at this time, Nicole was asked to be on the cover of Yoga Journal, the biggest Yoga magazine in the US. They flew her out to shoot the cover and then weeks later let her know they posted a survey to their community featuring her picture and that of another white woman in the fitness space and asked them to choose who should be represented on the cover. The audience selected the white woman, surprise, surprise.
The editor and chief of the magazine emailed Nicole directly outlining this situation and how they had to go with this decision for revenue purposes. Wow.
We all know these things happen, but to hear this story first hand, to see the @medium article recapping the photos from the survey & the direct response from the magazine was eye-opening.
I all too often fall guilty to the “out of sight, out of mind” syndrome. I know it’s happening but I don’t see it so I’m not contributing. This mindset is wrong. I have been wrong in acting this way and my silence and ignorance 100% play a part in the problem.
I’m linking the full medium article for you to read so you can be educated too. There’s more we can all do in the anti-racism fight. For starters, if you haven’t already, subscribe to @antiracistdaily. There’s so much work to do, let’s take one step at a time, together.
Link to the Medium Article: https://medium.com/@nicolecardoza/from-magazine-controversy-to-1m-raise-9e57927762da
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