Black Lives Matter
Support Black Lives Matter by purchasing a George Floyd Lithophane. 100% of proceeds are donated to Black Lives Matter. More info HERE
A Rant by Jacob Stewart | Founder, The Traveling Photo Booth®
If you already support the Black Lives Matter Movement awesome. Keep fighting the good fight, consider donating directly to Black Lives Matter (BLM), and/or purchasing a George Floyd Lithophane (pictured above) as 100% of proceeds are being donated to BLM. More info HERE.
If you're wondering why the !#&$ a photo booth company is talking about the Black Lives Matter Movement please (with cheese) hear me out.
Some believe businesses should stay in their lane and continue remaining quiet about racial injustice. I've been told that potential clients may disagree with me, will see my views as virtue signaling, pandering, and speaking up may hurt business. I'm not worried about losing business, I'm tired of racial inequality and I know most of us are. First and foremost, I'm a person. I'm also a husband, a father, a friend, etc. as well as a business owner. As a person, I can't in good faith be silent. Silence is part of the problem. Silence maintains the status quo which clearly needs to change during this pivotal time in history.
White privilege exists and I've benefited from it. Accepting white privilege and being proud of my accomplishments / hard work are not mutually exclusive. By acknowledging white privilege we also acknowledge that for every privilege given because of skin color it's at the cost and detriment to somone with a different skin color. Similarly, "Black Lives Matter" doesn't mean non-black lives don't matter but reminds us that black lives are valued less than white lives. Yeah, we've made progress since our 400+ year-old original sin of slavery but we're still too far from justice, liberty, freedom, and equality for all to be quiet.
What We Can Do
1. Continue Learning
There are a ton of podcasts, lectures, articles, and books written about black history, the black experience, race relations, how racist ideas are created, how racist ideas spread, and how change happens. Keep learning.
2. Support Black-Owned Businesses
That's a no-brainer right?
3. Hold All Businesses Accountable
Ask businesses what they're doing to increase the diversity of their workforce and consumers.
It's easy to be disenfranchised by elected officials, easier to complain about them, and even easier to not vote. Your vote matters.
5. Donate Time and/or Money to Help Black Communities
Money talks. Donate time and/or money to local organizations as well as national organizations working on behalf of black communities.
6. Be Anti-Racist
Being "not a racist" isn't enough. Nobody can sit on the sidelines. We must act. We must loudly condemn racism when we see or hear it - even if that means breaking the Thanksgiving rule of talking about anything of real substance. Peacefully protest. Start, share, and sign petitions that move the needle forward. Put up a damn yard sign. Do something!
What We're Doing
While personally therapeutic, this rant is worthless without action. I'm putting my money where my mouth is by supporting the BLM Movement both locally and nationally. As a business, we're 3D printing George Floyd Lithophanes (checkout the video above) at our Minneapolis HQ and donating 100% of the proceeds to BLM. Each lithophane takes roughly 10 hours to create. If you don't know what a Lithophane is, it's an etching that when illuminated from behind, reveal an image. They're really cool.
Each George Floyd Lithophane sells for $28.46 + $7.95 shipping and handling. $28.46 from every lithophane sale will be donated to Black Lives Matter while the remaining $7.95 helps offset equipment costs, materials, sales tax, credit card processing fees, shipping materials, and postage.If eight-forty-six sounds familiar it's because for 8 minutes and 46 seconds a Minneapolis police officer pinned George Floyd to the ground with a knee in his neck before he died. Proof of donation will be shipped with every order.
Click HERE to Purchase Your George Floyd Lithophane
Return/Refund Policy: All sales are final. Lithophane designed by artist Shack and Beans and printed by The Traveling Photo Booth in Minneapolis, MN.
Quote from Rev. Al Sharpton at George Floyd's Memorial Service on June 4, 2020, Minneapolis, MN - "George Floyd’s story has been the story of black folks [forever and] the reason we could never be who we wanted and dreamed to being is you kept your knee on our neck. We were smarter then the underfunded schools you put us in, but you had your knee on our neck. We could run corporations and not hustle in the street, but you had your knee on our neck. We had creative skills, we could do whatever anybody else could do, but we couldn’t get your knee off our neck. What happened to Floyd happens every day in this country, in education, in health services, and in every area of American life, it’s time for us to stand up in George’s name and say get your knee off our necks."