Being the Change you want to see in the World

June 07, 2017 2 Comments

Being the Change you want to see in the World

This is me.  This is my business.  I am a multicultural woman that currently lives in Durham, NC.

I am making this post because I want to share with you all something you may have noticed that has been happening all over my Facebook page today. Before last month I had freely used the term "Gypsy" as a representation of myself, my life, and my business with an understanding that the word defined a member of traveling people traditionally living by itinerant trade and fortune-telling.  I can connect to this because I was never fully grounded in one location growing up in my life. 

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But I have recently been made aware of its history.  Ways of sharing its meaning have been presented to me negatively and I have been accused of using racial slurs as marketing ploys.

In fact, the word "Gypsy" is a derogatory term for a group of people called the Romani or Roma who are nomadic Eastern European people who originated from India, but now live all over the world.  They were and are stereotyped as being untrustworthy, which has been used to justify their mistreatment.  The term "Gypsy" has been used historically as a racial slur, to uphold an oppression of a group of people, in this case being the Romani.  They still continue to be discriminated against and some have been deported from the countries that they resided in.  In Europe they have been denied housing, jobs, schools and are often a subject of hate crimes.  
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So, the reason for all of this is because of a sign posted outside of my bus showing a list of services that Moon.Flower.Child offers, one of them being named "Gypsy Paint".  I plan to rename the service to prevent further confrontation and upset.  So if you have suggestions as to what it could be called then I am open to new ideas—feel free to comment below.  The service is a linear design or artwork that I paint directly onto faces or bodies so in essence it is temporary body art.  If you have seen my tattoos and screen prints you know what I'm talking about.  


On my bus, Meraki, you will also find all kinds of cultural items that are for sale.  These items are made by the people within those cultures and are not treated poorly in the making, but choose willingly to share their products with buyers in order to make a living.  Because we have such a thing as the Internet it allows us to communicate, share ideas, products, and build together international relationships.  This allows Moon.Flower.Child to bring beautiful items from these cultures to America, where they might not be as readily found and available to the public as in their originating country.  My purpose for bringing these items from other cultures is not to appropriate them and come across as a racist or sell a product for profit without knowledge of its meaning.  Instead I strive to share and teach those who might not know of the item's history, potentially opening their horizons to new-found ways of living their lives.  I grew up with many cultures surrounding me and it has always been a fascination of mine. I seek to expand my perspective through learning, understanding, and appreciating the way others live in our world.  I consider myself a child of the world whereby we are all related and interlinked.


When designing my work, I look to others for inspiration as we all do now that we can be so interconnected with each other through social media.  I admire the courage that other cultures have to remain who they are even with the judgements of today's society.  I choose to bring alternative cultural elements to a part of the world where there is less diverse culture.  Growing up in Europe it was normal for me to interact and admire other cultures.  Looking to so many significant people in our lives and being inspired by them should not be taken in a negative light, but as the greatest form of flattery.  I am inspired by other tribes and cultures to  Stand.Boldly.As.Someone.Different on my own journey.
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I am a part of it.  You are a part of it.  We are a part of it.  This world is diverse.  There is no one word that would not offend others, the hard part is finding the way to share the knowledge through wisdom and positivity instead of choosing to be negative and begin war against each other because of traditional cultures and sacred items.
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We need to come together as a society, especially in today's world.  We should not attack our fellow species, but embrace and support each other despite where we come from, who we look up to and how we choose to define ourselves.  Our world is in a state of destruction because of us and if we are going to make this world a brighter place then we must put away our criticism

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“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

With that said I ask you all to join me in a call to action and if you have met me, know my business, are a customer, have seen the bus...Be honest in your words and take the time to write a review on my Facebook Page to regain the uplifting reputation that my brand has and always will portray.

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Blessings to all & hope to see you at my next Pop Up Shop




2 Responses

Sandra Sassow
Sandra Sassow

June 08, 2017

Beautiful caring individual creative – making the world a better place with love and acceptance of all cultures in her art. Keep moving. keep loving!

Sandra Sassow
Sandra Sassow

June 08, 2017

Beautiful caring individual creative – making the world a better place with love and acceptance of all cultures in her art. Keep moving. keep loving!

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