CODE-SWITCHING DIARIES #3

The Power of Collective Realness

What happens when we stop asking others to change for our comfort?

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If I could not just exist as I was, I figured others could not either — I thought we were in it together to find out how to survive that burden.

“If in high school I’d felt as if I were representing my neighborhood, now at Princeton I was representing my race. Anytime I found my voice in class or nailed an exam, I quietly hoped it helped make a larger point,”

It is an exhausting process to be heard, but it’s even more exhausting to be someone you aren’t.

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Am I truly following my own advice when I still use my “white” voice to call my Bank? Or speak with a landlord?

Writer and Poet, Grad Student, Dreamer. You’re doing great sweetie. Website: mayajameswrites.wordpress.com Twitter: @mayawritesgood

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