Kerry Washington being amazing as always.
Understand colorblinders out there. Please get it.
I get that your race is part of what you are
but it surely its not ALL it is. and the way she speaks it seems like that’s all there is to her
That’s definitely not what I get from the 2 sentences out of however long of an interview she gave on the topic.
The first panel says to me, “My race is a part of me,” and the second, “But race shouldn’t determine my future.”
Like being a certain gender or sex shouldn’t DEFINE you, but it is definitely a large part of you, and ignoring that girls have periods and can’t necessarily do all the heavy work she could usually do at those times, or may have to take maternity leave if she’s pregnant isn’t going to help her.
And having a disability shouldn’t DEFINE you, but if you ignore that a person needs a wheelchair to get around, how are you going to make things accessible for the person?
I’m Asian, that’s definitely a large part of my identity, because I was raised in a certain culture. But if I were told that I can only be X or Y because I am Asian, I would tell them to fuck off and mind their own business because I’ll be whatever the hell I want that matches ME as a person, not based on my race or ethnicity.
And I think even in those two sentences, she captured that stream of thought. Ignoring someone’s rich heritage/background does disservice to the world and to the individual, because s/he brings so much from it, which I think even you are agreeing with? Not sure?
It literally seems to say that 1) My race matters to me as a part of who I am, but 2) It shouldn’t determine my future or anyone else’s future.
Sorry it’s super long-winded and convoluted. I’ve lost the ability to be concise since my brain surgery.