This month is Black History Month. It is the shortest month of the year and we regularly see a year’s worth of conversation, commitments and equity initiatives in these 28 days.
This issue of TCE does not include any specific articles about Black History Month. However, we commit whole-heartedly to equity in the work that we do.
Our efforts have mostly focused on elevating Black stories. We try to find sources for each story that would introduce Black (and other) perspectives. We also keep equity and diversity at the forefront of each step of the publication process. This includes finding diverse stories, brainstorming all possible angles of a story, finding and interviewing different kinds of sources, incorporating critical perspectives, and readily receiving feedback from the community.
At the same time, we are aware that a lot of disparities are part of the systems within which we function. While TCE tries to be equitable, there is no denying that journalism and publication have historically excluded Black voices. It’s also no surprise that we have fewer prevalent Black voices in media than we should.
At TCE, we don’t have a lot of Black volunteers—that is a shortcoming that this community can help us fill. We have the resources, the time and the will to help Black writers and artists grow their skills. Please reach out and take advantage of this opportunity.
We will follow events and discussions in the region over February and, in our next edition, present a snapshot of Black History Month for our readers.
In the meantime, here is a list of resources in the community to learn more.