Black Lives Matter
I’m Paul Jarvis, designer, writer, and maker of things on the internet like Fathom, Creative Class, and Chimp Essentials, and this is me telling you what’s important to me and how those values relate to my work, my writing, and my community of students and readers.
I stand in solidarity with others who believe in equal justice for all, and I believe Black lives matter. This means equal justice for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour). I affirm everyone has a right to:
- Feel safe in their communities,
- Have access to the things they need to be healthy,
- Be able to get equal paying jobs or build profitable businesses, safe housing, and a good education.
I also support the movements that work to secure equality and legal rights for my LGBTQ friends and provide protections and support to my disabled friends. In short, I care about people, and I am working to create and maintain a business and life that reflects these values.
I don’t know everything there is to know about racism or social justice, but I’m committed to continuing my education. I’m also committed to using my voice and platform to help others learn how to both live in a world and do business in a way that provides safety and equity for everyone. I’m also committed to shutting up and listening.
What this means for you as my student, reader, or customer is that I will maintain a safe space for everyone, including those in marginalized groups, in the online communities I maintain. The Code of Conduct I wrote for Creative Class and Chimp Essentials applies but taking this a bit further, I also understand, that for some people, their lives, their businesses, and all that’s going on in the world come together in ways that others of us might not have to consider. I want to hold space for those people and support them in my courses, my writing, and my online communities.
Other Things I’m Committed to Doing
I’m sharing these things not to brag, but so you can get ideas on things you can do too:
- Following more BIPOC, LGBTQ, and disabled writers and activists on Twitter. I’m not really active on social media, but I’ve found that there are some great conversations happening on Twitter around anti-racism and social justice, and the discussions there feel more personal and genuine to me. If you want to follow me there, you can.
- Finding opportunities to get more BIPOC, LGBTQ, and disabled business owners on my podcast Call Paul. Right now, one of ten guests on the podcast are BIPOC, and I can improve that. Season 7 of the Creative class is 100% BIPOC guests.
- Continuing to read books, listen to podcasts, and watch movies that will help me to understand more about social issues all over the world. I’m always open to suggestions, so please share your favourites with me.
- Paying attention to how I spend my money. I’m actively searching for ways to work with more BIPOC, LGBTQ, and disabled business owners and to spend my money with companies whose values are similar to mine. I’ll be doing this in my personal life too.
- As I mentioned here, I make several charitable donations each year, but I’m trying to be more proactive about how I give my money to causes that support my values. I’ve adjusted things a bit, and now I’m giving monthly in three areas: social justice, the environment, and animal rights.
The reason I work for myself is so I can put my money where my heart is, and while I’m still learning, I believe I can help others to do the same.
- The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole, published in 2020
- Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present by Robin Maynard, published in 2017
- Race and Racism in 21st Century Canada: Continuity, Complexity, and Change by Sean P. Hier and B. Singh Bolaria, published in 2007
- Taking Responsibility, Taking Direction: White Anti-Racism in Canada by Sheila Wilmot, published in 2005
- Colour-Coded: A Legal History of Racism in Canada, 1900 - 1950 by Constance Backhouse, published in 1999
- Want to be an ally to black, Indigenous, and people of colour? Here’s what you need to know
- Anti-Black Racism and Anti Racism Resources by the United Steelworkers union in Canada
- What is “Racism”? by Dr. Laura Morlock
- Being anti-racist by the National Museum of African American History & Culture
I want to acknowledge and thank Sandee Jackson, whom I hired to write this with me.