Be twice as good to get half of what they have. Growing up black in white America, this phrase is your constant companion. Passed down by your parents, it’s part-gift, part-curse, and supposed to be the ultimate motivator—do your homework, go to class, get good grades, work hard, rise above, go high. Always aim to be better than yourself.
Donald Trump is not my President. He will never have the honor of being referred to as my President. It’s not me who put him there, and it sure as shit wasn’t my people. NOT MY PRESIDENT is our newest series made up of personal stories intended to create a space for healing and empowerment amidst the current political climate.
Here’s the thing no one tells you: studying abroad is extremely difficult. Put that together with being a woman of color in the middle of a country whose language you do not speak and, well, it’s expected to be a bumpy ride. It is a harsh reality when you are stripped of your cultural identity and thrown to the sharks, a reality I will admit I struggled with quite deeply.
For MGs, it is most essential during these trying, tragic times and highly politically charged moments, to stay critical of the environment that surrounds us. It is our active duty as citizens, and as allies, to question the social structures in place that have delegated such unequal justice. Be critical. Do not be complacent. Call out injustice if you are privileged enough to have the voice to do so. Remember that our lives begin to end the moment we decide to become silent about the things that matter. And #BLACKLIVESMATTER