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A Moment of Respect… In response to the racial tension taking place across our country, I have decided to pause content. I care deeply about matters of injustice, and of course, am against violence to any human regardless of race, religion, sexuality, etc. To be completely honest, I wish I knew the right response to convey here on these pages. Therefore, I have decided to step back and take a moment to reflect. My mother’s most impressionable message has always been to treat others the way you would like to be treated. I hope that we all can take the time today to think on this timeless Golden Rule.

I posted this on Instagram and thought it should be added here as well…

I am deeply saddened by the matters of injustice and racism spreading throughout our world, and I have decided to pause content for the moment. I wish I knew the right response to convey here on these pages, but what I know is that this is a time for change. I know I will never understand the pain of being judged by the color of my skin, but I will continue to do my best and educate myself. Breaking it down to the basics, I think we must all remember the Golden rule of treating others the way you would like to be treated.

Campaign Zero is a resource I’ve donated to and found helpful during this time. Their vision has resonated with me and they are working on providing solutions.
Sending so much love to our community during this time ♥️ Photo by: @CampaignZero

A Moment of Respect

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  1. When an elderly white woman approached a black NFL player and said, “You matter” and then cried in his arms, he had this response, “Beautiful people still exist in this world,” Jones said. “We just got to love each other. We got to lean on each other. We got to listen to each other.” Jones said he didn’t get the woman’s name, but wants to thank her for giving him “peace.” This doesn’t solve the problem of racism, bias, and hate in this country, but it helps to acknowledge that most people are good and mean well. I am white, but in my life experience, black men (and women) have been role models to me (a teacher, a pastor, a supervisor, a client, a fellow believer, a friend). My life is richer because of each one of them. They didn’t judge me for my skin color and I didn’t judge them. Yes, I saw and still see them as black, and I believe because of their life experience they have a wisdom, a humility, and a graciousness that came from their suffering. The rioting, looting, the judgments about what we “should” be doing just adds to the chaos and confusion. Let’s build up one another so we have a strong foundation on which to make long lasting change.

    1. I loved reading this Jacqueline. Love is always what we need. Thank you for sharing this. ❤️ xTieghan

  2. I live in a suburb of Minneapolis and I am absolutely distraught about George Floyd’s death. I am so angry. I am in such deep sorrow for the Floyd family and all the other families who have had to go through this. I have watched in disbelief and I know there is nothing I can do or say to defend this city or state. I don’t care what anyone says, we all have some degree of bias or racism. Our job is to recognize it and ask ourselves why and call others out too. If I am as angry as I am, I can’t imagine how marginalized populations feel. I am sorry.

  3. I hope you’re back tomorrow <3 Cooking is such a wonderful outlet and your recipes are a bright spot!! XO

  4. I understand and respect your decision. It’s hard to know what the right move is, but it’s certainly a valid choice to take a step back and keep the focus on what’s most important right now, which is taking a stand against our country’s systemic racism. I am keeping myself educated and donating support as much as I can and I hope you are finding a way to get involved too.

    Looking forward to your future content when our country is a safer and steadier place for all. <3

  5. Thank you to Lea for her post. For some reason I can’t reply directly to your comment but wanted to let you know that I appreciate the points that you outlined. It’s educational for me as a white woman and value the time and effort that you put into posting.

  6. I appreciate your kind and gracious soul. Take ALL of the time you need, we’ll be here when you want to come back.

  7. Thank you. This is all so hard to watch. Our nation is is so much pain. Praying for you and your family, Teagan. I’m feeling the same way right now. Please take care of yourself, its important to do that when you’re grieving.

  8. Hi Tieghan – I am a huge fan of HBH and all your recipes, But as a Black woman, while I appreciate what I think the sentiment is here–particularly your honesty on not knowing quite what to say–I think this post could’ve been better. It is a hard to tell just who or what this message is for. “Racial tension” is a few steps removed from what we’re dealing with here, which is racism, and not saying so only gives more power to racist structures and systems by allowing them to act in overt and covert ways. Reflecting is critical, but it is equally important to use your platform and power to act and empower your nonblack and non-POC followers to act in the name of justice for every American. And I love the Golden Rule. It’s also one of my favorites. But it’s important to contextualize it, name who has *not* been treated fairly throughout this country’s history, and figure out how Americans, especially white Americans, can do more in the present to right these egregious wrongs. I hope you see this criticism as the act of care and love that I mean it as, and I hope you’ll use it to inform how you might respond in the future.

    1. Hi Lea! Thank you for leaving this. I hope you know I only meant good from posting this on my platform. I want this post to show others to educate themselves as well on what is happening in our world. I think that is the best way for change. I love that you left this comment. I think this is such a great way to respond to each other and help each other grow. Please leave other organizations or ways to help if you can! ❤️ xTieghan

  9. Thank you for acknowledging the heartache in our country. I also do not know the right course of action but am willing to wait, and listen and be still.

  10. Hi Tieghen, totally respect your decision. Sending lots of love and strength from India.

  11. One of the bright spots in my life right now has been my favorite bloggers (such as yourself!) carrying on content, bringing a semblance of normalcy to our lives. While everyone is different and I understand you may be struggling right now, as an African American woman it’s hard for me to comprehend responses like this. I hope to see you back soon.

  12. These days are so hard. Thank you Teighan, for doing this.

    “It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King