Unapologetic Black Woman – Takirra Winfield Dixon

Speaker 3 (00:29:57):

Right. And it was, and it was, look, here’s my photo for the gram, or, you know, here’s my, you know, I, here I am standing next to my black friend. They’ve invited me to this protest. Right. And I’m like, yeah, this is also our space too, though. Right. Like the legacy around protesting and all of those pieces. When you look at the students who stood up throughout history from civil rights, all the way through, right? Like this is our space. And so if you come here, you need to respect our space. Right. And then I need you to figure out specifically what you are going to do to help black folks, like specifically, right. It’s not posting on Instagram. It’s not putting your little black solidarity square up in your profile photo. Right. Like, what is the thing you’re willing to commit to do? Right. And, and think about that heart and take that action. Right. Because there’s always this thing about folks in power. And I’m like, yeah, but y’all are the ones that power, you know, the onus is on us to

Speaker 1 (00:30:58):

Like, like when, when anchors talk about the media, you are the media, the media is doing this. You are the media,

Speaker 3 (00:31:10):

Somebody, you know, is in some position of power somewhere, or is wealth, right. Accumulating wealth, all kinds of things. Right. And so what are you doing? What are the conversations you’re having with those folks that, you know, right. And it needs to, at some point move past the conversation and move toward some sort of action that is painful, right. That is really about policy change, structural change, systemic change for black folks and for black women. And it’s tough. We stand like in that, and that we show folks that, you know, we are powerful. Y’all saw that in the last presidential election, right? Like this point, you know, when are we going to get tired of saving the country that never saves us. Right. But we’re expected to put on the cake, right. We’re expected to be a million Stacey Abrams. We’re expected to be, you know, all the folks who are going to come and save the day. And we just are always forgotten that we are always oppressed and no one ever thinks about that. And no single administration is going to save us from that.

Speaker 1 (00:32:19):

No, no single administration is going to save us from that. It takes, it’s going to take, because the power in this country is not in necessarily in the government, it’s in those corporations. Right. So those corporations who are doling out policies so that they can make more, why don’t they take some of that money and Dole out some policies to change the way that they do business so that they’re not looking so performative. And they are actually in, in, you know, affecting change. I was just talking to someone yesterday about how, you know, Oh, so this, we were talking about a company. We didn’t name any companies. And you’re like, Oh, this company was rated one of the best places to work. One of the most diverse places to work. And yet, you know, this person said they went into this company and it just didn’t seem like, you know, people were, it didn’t seem like the Mecca quote, unquote, that people thought it would think it would be. I said, well, that’s it because we’re talking about numbers, we’re not talking about a change in culture. We’re not talking about a change in policies. We’re talking about numbers straight up numbers. Anybody can do

Speaker 3 (00:33:34):

Yup. Box checking on diversity. That’s my favorite thing about, uh, equity right now, which like, that is a word that I struggle with all that, like I worked in education fields right. In the education space. I always disliked that word. I’ve always tried to get people to walk away from that. Right.

Speaker 1 (00:33:51):

Really tell me why, because I usually use that word because I actually prefer it to diversity because I’m feeling like diversity is that word that’s like, that forgets the black woman, honestly, because diversity always starts with the white woman. Right. And then it can go down from there and then it goes on the spectrum and on the spectrum, we all know that we’re at the bottom. So then it goes, yeah,

Speaker 3 (00:34:15):

Yeah, yeah. I mean, I’ve been moving into justice spaces, right? Yes.

Speaker 1 (00:34:19):

I use that. I use that too.

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