Thoughts & Thangs

Why Representation Matters

These old drafts really seemed to have some decent ideas of mine.

Last year…

The great Buddy Hield, a Bahamian basketball player in the NBA just recently won a 3-point shoot off competition. In many of his interviews he finds some way to shout-out The Bahamas and every time he does, it brings a smile to my face.

There’s something special about seeing someone that looks like you, maybe grew up from humble beginnings (maybe like you), work hard and have things line up for them and they become successful.

It plants the seed of hope.

It sparks hope that there’s room at the table for people like me.

And now…

That sentiment rings even more true because on January 20, 2021, Kamalah Harris was inaugurated as the first female Vice President of the United States. Other features of note (but are also being debated) is her being the first black woman and South Asian woman. I’m not going into all of that. She represents for a lot of people. Daughter of immigrants (Jamaican mom + Indian dad), she went to an HBCU, she’s a member of a Greek-letter sorority, and she’s in an interracial relationship. She probably sleeps with a headscarf on and I’m sure the White House is going to have proper curry! I kid, I kid, but for a lot us, we see at least little bit of us in her. Now, does that mean her past wasn’t problematic…no. People are multidimensional and more than one thing can be true about a person.

Being a trailblazer on any level is scary. First in your family to go to university. First one to buy a home or start a business. First one to beat the school to prison pipeline. It’s scary, sometimes lonely, and there may be some missteps. There will absolutely be challenges. But in setting the trail, a path is left for those to come to look at and learn from. A path that says this is possible for me. A path that they can choose to walk and take it even further.

Are you forging a new path or are you taking already paved path, but going further? Leave a comment and let me know!

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