Recently my husband and I rode over to some friends houses and then we all spent some time exploring Ithaca together. We made stops at Stewart Park, Ithaca Falls and even had lunch at Angel Hearts Diner. It was a beautiful day.
Mostly we wanted to attend a vigil for George Floyd, to add our voices to those speaking out against police brutality. It can be difficult to talk about the systemic racism rampant around the world, but it is long past time we acknowledge it and work for equality. The daily injustices toward people of color leave me feeling a mixture of anger and sadness. Anger that there is really no accountability and sadness over the amount of racism and hate in our society. How do we bring about real lasting change?
I don’t have all the answers, but I hope that people will continue to educate themselves, speak up against injustice, and stop making excuses for racist behavior.
Below are some of the black owned business in Ithaca, that I have been to and continue to support. Be sure to check them out if you are in the area.
- Hawi Ethiopian Cuisine
- Northstar Public House
- Blue Oyster Cultivation – mushrooms
Make sure to add these great books to your reading list.
- Veganism of Color edited by Julia Feliz Brueck
- Veganism in an Oppressive World edited by Julia Feliz Bruek
- White Fragility: why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism by Robin DiAngelo
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi