!Yesterday while listening to the @thebrotheratthebar "Pass the Drink" podcast, @afro.beer.chick said something that I really think should resonate with us all.
“If you’re not willing to put your platform on the line for truth, —you’re just a waste of space at this moment.” – Afrobeerchick
I’ve been posting a lot more than “just beer” recently, and I think it’s important to understand why. “Beer Chick LLC” has always been about so much MORE than “just beer”. If I stopped drinking beer tomorrow, the sense of “community” that I feel when I walk into breweries wouldn’t simply disappear with me.
The environments you and I create in the taprooms, the delicious beer you and I consume, and the courageous conversations you and I are having at this very moment MATTER so much.
This “beer” has been “creating community” for years, so why should that stop now? Now, more than ever, we have a unique opportunity to be a part of history; because what we are seeing and experiencing, should have long ago been put in history books. Racism and hatred of any kind at this point should be a figment of our imagination. It should not exist. It should not be real.
Now is the time to yield “space” to those people who have not always had an opportunity to be “heard”.
Now is the time to listen to those who “speak up”.
Now is NOT the time to simply be quiet and “wait” for others to do the work that we must “ALL” do.
I don’t know about you, but I refuse to be a “waste of space” at this moment.
Now is the time, more than ever, to continue to build BRIDGES and eliminate BARRIERS.
Beer is the vehicle driving us across the bridge to connect with others and change our communities.
It’s not “Just Beer” and it’s won’t EVER be “Just Beer” for me. Light and so much damn LOVE!