JOURNEYING WITH JERMISHA
I am a superwoman, and overthinking is my superpower. Growing up, I would always find myself questioning if I was enough. Since I feared being less than, I would go above and beyond to prove to others that I was worthy even if that meant hiding parts of me. I would ask myself questions like the following: Did I dress ‘too Black’ today? Can I be gay right now? Is it ok to express my authentic emotions in this moment? Should I address this microaggression or should I just let it go because it doesn’t even matter? I mastered the art of code switching, and that is such a bittersweet talent.
As I continued to further my education, I grew more frustrated with social standards as well as my instinct to assimilate to them. No member of the human race should be ashamed of our race, sexual orientation, gender, or any other aspect of our identity that does not bring harm to ourselves or others. It’s time to shift social constructs to actually reflect society by discovering our unintentional roles in supporting oppression.
I am committed to supporting others in advancing social justice through introspection, education, and creative expression. Feel free to access my resume here.