The same things that made me feel insecure, timid and shy in the white community are the same things that led me to confidence, security and acceptance of who I am, no matter the environment. Jay Z is “dreaming up a world where there are no more firsts for black people.” I am too. I love that vision and receive it as a challenge to dream big. I want to be a part of a movement that encourages women of color to be confident in every environment, to harness the power of their voice, to appropriately handle adversity in the workplace, and to be comfortable standing out well before they enter the workforce. Effective leaders are developed, prepared and better ready to respond appropriately when the time comes.
The recognition of racism as structural, and our fates as linked across lines of race and class, is critical if we are to achieve the American aspiration of building a just, equitable and sustainable society for all (Powell, 137). Ultimately, I am hoping to have some effect on helping to close the wealth, health and the educational gaps that exist in society today. I look forward to living in a world where we all can coexist peacefully, safely, and unthreatened by what others look like on the outside so that we can all gain a better understanding of each other and our experiences through respect, encouragement and love. “The point isn’t to get into smaller and smaller cohorts defined by identity, but to understand our lives and each other’s, all the better to combine forces and win” (Sen, R.).
If two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven (Matthew 18:19).