So many events, so many emotions.
As an immigrant growing up in two different countries, Brasil first then Italy, I felt proud to have welcomed the US as a third part of my multicultural identity. Each of these three very different countries offered me an invaluable education on the best and worst they had to offer as a culture. Each has their own strengths and flows.
I became a US citizen in October of 2015 during the Obama administration. I was so very proud, and also excited to finally be able to vote and participate in my civic duty to this country.
I dove deep into learning about US history and the Constitution but I now realize how much I have yet to learn, and all that goes into fulling my role as US citizen. We all have more work to do...
We Stand With You, Photo Courtesy Of Russell Brownley
My heart feels so heavy, for the lives lost, and the greatest weight of knowing that it has taken us this long to confront the social injustice of racism. I now know this has been right before our eyes and rooted in American society for far too long. I have also realized that mourning is not enough.
I am personally taking this time to learn and evaluate the privileged lens by which I see the world, and I acknowledge that even learning and educating myself about racism is a privilege. I am committed to taking action and facing the ugly reality of systemic racism so history doesn’t continue to repeat itself.
As an individual, and also through Seea, my hope is that we can build a stronger- than-ever community of allies for our sisters and brothers of color; one aimed at eradicating racism far past the reaches of the surf community.
This intense movement that all of humanity is experiencing is much like our relationship to the ocean; we can only truly master it with long-term love and commitment.
Oceans Of Change, Photo Courtesy Of Russell Brownley
We the Seea family, acknowledge that we are guilty of not doing enough: from not showcasing enough diversity in our lineup and ambassadors to not being more vocal and active in racial and social justice causes, we’ve let our community down.
As an individual, mother, and founder of a business built around the human connection to each other and the sea, I want to use Seea to bring untold stories to light and give strength to voices fighting for equal representation and respect in the surf community. We have a platform already built to educate, share stories that create shared empathy, and call our tribe to action.
I commit to educating myself, I acknowledge that I will make mistakes, and I pledge to use Seea responsibly and as a tool to shine a light on these critical issues embedded in our society and surf community. We must make progress in the fight to eradicate racism, and there is no other option.
Encinitas Unity Paddle Out, Photo Courtesy Of Russell Brownley
I know that we can hold space for these uncomfortable discussions while contemplating swell lines or catching waves. We have a long journey to building a brighter future, but I have no doubt the ocean will be the connection that holds us all together.
- Amanda Chinchelli, Seea Founder