So I’m applying to this leadership institute that asks this question on the application.
Here is my answer:
I am a black, bisexual woman who lives in Kentucky. I was born in philadelphia during the Crack Epidemic and I heard gunshots on my street at least once a week. As a 6 year old my reaction to loud noises was to hit my stomach to the ground.
I am a survivor of many forms of violence that a different society would have never allowed. I am the daughter of an amazing and brilliant woman who died too soon because of a lack of quality healthcare, untreated mental illness and the fact that she was a survivor of violence as well.
Looking at the history of my people, and the abuse we have suffered through every year of American history I cannot stand idly by and allow myself, the people I love, the people who look, love and live like me do not deserve this. No one deserves this world we are forced to navigate.
My survival depends on this.
That’s why I got involved.