My (Imperfect, Ever-Evolving) Anti-Racism Pledge
As a thin, able-bodied, cisgender, more-or-less heterosexual White woman from an upper-middle class suburban background, I have benefitted from an enormous amount of privilege in my life—privileges that are not enjoyed by those who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color. Those who are fat or differently abled, or otherwise fail to meet the patriarchal standard of beauty.
I’ve been working on continuing to acknowledge and understand this privilege, and am committed to doing everything I can to subvert white supremacy, both in my business and through all my words & actions, all the time.
So far, this means: participating in political activism, especially around voting rights; reading & listening to a variety of voices & #decolonizingmybookshelf; using my writing as a tool to call out sexism, racism, misogyny, and white supremacy, AND to amplify the voices of Black / BIPOC writers and activists whose work has been ignored or erased; and financially supporting BIPOC service providers & Black-owned businesses.
President, Samantha Kate Pollack INC
Cult of Personality™
If you’re interested in creating a statement like this for your business, I used Rachel Rodgers’ PDF download, which you can find right here: helloseven.co/townhall-2 . I also recommend watching the Town Hall on that page.
Here are some of the educators & activists I’m following right now…
These are all Instagram accounts (except one); most of them have links in their bios to websites if you want more info. I’ll continue updating this list & note whenever there’s a new addition.
- Lessa Renée Hall, @lessareneehall. Leesa is an Anti-Bias Facilitator who specializes in working with “Sensitives & Deep Feelers.”
- Sonya Renee Taylor, @sonyareneetaylor. Author of The Body is Not An Apology. Her “What’s Up Y’all” IGTVs are insightful and real, and she’s often where I turn for clarification of particularly sticky issues regarding Whiteness.
- Rachel Cargle, @rachel.cargle and @thegreatunlearn. Rachel is an academic & social entrepreneur with several different IG accounts that are all worth following.
- PrivtoProg, @privtoprog. Melissa DePino and Michelle Saahene have been “desegregating the public conversation about race” since they teamed up in 2018 to record a certain viral Starbucks video.
- Hear to Slay (podcast) with Tressie McMillan Cottom & Roxane Gay. The Black Feminist podcast of your dreams. 🙂
Samantha Pollack writes creative copy (mostly emails) for feminist companies and/or thought leaders who are working to build a fairer, more connected culture. She’s also the founder of The Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur, a 6-week course that helps HSP business owners create healthier, more sustainable systems in their work.
She publishes frequent essays on feminism, privilege, pop culture, entrepreneurship, the creative process, and more on her website, cultofpersonality.co. She currently lives in Asheville, NC, and while she can *technically* work from anywhere, she prefers her adventures laptop-free.
Emails for cult thought leaders.
Want to learn how to craft emails that inspire action and engagement WITHOUT the “tried and true” (cough: patriarchal) norms we’ve all been taught?
I’m doing it, and I can show you how to do it, too.
(But sometimes, I also like to write about the books I’m reading, or the creative process, or the entrepreneurial experience, or why I hate Steve Jobs, or how I met my BFF. I’ll send you emails like that, too.)
*Just kidding. It’s only an email list.
Books. Cats. Rants. Drawrings.
(and every couple months or so, an unexplained absence 🤷🏻)