This astounding woman delivered a speech at my Colin Powell ceremony which truly hit home for me.
She encouraged us to shift the frame and try to change people’s perspectives. Instead of viewing Bushwick as the ghetto, she emphasized the work ethic, family orientation, not judging, giving 2nd and 3rd chances-no punishments, growth, strength, discipline, loyalty. all positive things about her community. she spoke about how difficult it was to be a 1st generation student applying to college in the US, same as me. Money has always been tight. Muslims and Palestinians are always viewed in a negative and extreme way.
i do feel incredibly isolated at times, and at the same time surrounded by cushions- my family and friends. And ignorance is not bliss.