Last week, I scheduled a Zoom call for Saturday (today) to bring together members of the “We Are The Culture Makers” FB group and everyone involved in the thread last Friday so that we could find solutions and a way forward, individually and as group.
But it is now obvious to me that it’s too early for that kind of meeting. I’ve got to pause and consider all the feedback and experiences being shared rather than rushing to develop solutions.
And so I’m cancelling our call today.
To remove the urgency for developing solutions and new practices within the group (for those who may want to continue with the marketing for culture-makers project), I’ve archived the group and removed all members.
I archived the group rather than deleted it because I specifically did not want to erase the history of what happened. If it opens again, it will be with that history in full view.
I am truly sorry that I didn’t see the forest for the trees. So much of the emotional labour in the comment threads was being done by women of colour for the edification of white women in general and for me, in particular, as the leader. I did not fully grasp that or see the whole historical, cultural context for that and my role in it.
I am hoping that there’s a positive way forward together but realize that may not be possible, and I accept that. I have no demands and no expectations of you. Please know that although the call today is cancelled, there will be future opportunities for us to convene as a community to work on this. I am personally committed to a process of restorative justice and to doing things differently.