A MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER & CEO OF
WOOF CLOTHING & THE COMMANDO CORPORATION
(Livestream video follows below)
All of us here at WOOF unequivocally support the Black Lives Matter movement, and stand in firm solidarity with the Black community.
But there's more that I want to say this morning.
As a gay man in my 40's I (like many of you) am no stranger to fear, slander, hate and institutional bias. During my young adult life as late as the 90's, the political and public discourse regularly disparaged us in the most disgusting ways. We protested, we marched, and ultimately outright defied the law – through the good action of then San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom – which began a long chain of events ultimately ending at the Supreme Court.
However, we know that having equal rights on paper doesn't mean that all the hate and bias go away. They persist for generations – you may win battles, but perhaps will never win the war. And so we stand tall and proud with all of our Brothers and Sisters who fight for equality in different ways here in America and all over the world.
Further, White Supremacy or ‘White Nationalism' does not require hoods, swastikas, tattoos, memes, proclamations or a member roster. It's a rudimentary belief system that – especially and unfortunately since 2016 – we know all too well, and have seen its pervasive and devastating effects on America.
It is my prayer and hope that more will:
1. Call out racism and homophobia wherever it is seen or heard as “not ok”. Do not ignore it or give anyone a pass. They must know, in every situation, how unwelcome and wrong it is.
2. Protest peacefully, safely and intelligently but that doesn't mean you have to follow all the rules. Be creative.
3. Vote in November – and vote BLUE to remove TRUMP and all those complicit as our safety and civil rights on multiple fronts are in serious jeopardy, and we get just this brief chance to get back to a “Better America”.
Have a safe weekend everyone, and thanks for reading.
If you'd like to share any comments as well as see my livestream from yesterday's protest and some unfiltered thoughts keep scrolling down!
Till next time,
Founder & CEO
WOOF & The Commando Corporation