After resonating on a conversation that Sarah Lewis, Harvard Professor had on public television, Black America about failure, I began to ponder on the strength and status of Black America and how it relates to the state of our politics and humanitarian concerns.
Sarah spoke about how everyone has experienced failure of some sort but more importantly was how we recovered from such experiences. As she continues to converse my attention was kept as she spoke about the perception of Blacks in our society and how she was once in a coffee shop with a colleague and questioned how maybe one glancing at her may not believe that she was a Harvard Professor.
Stereotyping is one of the most detrimental behaviors in our society, wrecking our workplaces as well as our political system. What can help us move past this? We can begin by first recognizing our own biases. Understanding that we all are unique, and see things through our own lenses, that filter in our experiences. You can learn something from everyone you are in contact with. “Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.”