A better bubble

I had a lightbulb moment this week.
One that took me back to my freshman and sophomore years of undergrad.

 

As I scroll through my Twitter feed and read trending headlines, I realized something…

 

 On paper, I’m a white girl from Ohio.
While I didn’t vote for Trump, I’m sure I know a couple people who did.

 

In San Francisco, I often times get mistaken for a “Marina girl”.
A label that I still don’t quite understand, but for simplicity let’s say it’s some fancy variation of a “basic bitch.”

 

After getting hit with a few nervy comments this week, I decided to make a few personal declarations.

 

I don’t agree with the white majority.

 

How can a white girl from Ohio say that?

 

Well, my entire understanding of the media changed after taking courses with Gene Shelton. A former publicist for Motown & CBS Records who worked with Prince, Stevie Wonder and served as Michael Jackson’s manager.

 

For the first time in my life, I was encouraged to question everything. Question everything and proactively find ways to truly walk in someone else’s shoes.

 

If you look at my Twitter feed, I read Blavity.
You won’t find a better news source for African American news.
From amazing stories of unsung heroes to in-depth coverage of national headlines.
Blavity Founder Morgan DeBaun

 

Dig a little deeper, I read Muslim Girl.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, this is the year of Amani Alkhat. Look out!

Muslim Girl covers hot topics like immigration and more fun topics like fashion, fitness and music. It’s a great source for Muslim news and cultural trends.

Muslim Girl Founder Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

 

I don’t believe in making America great again.

We can’t stay stuck in the past.

The future is Female.
Black.
Muslim.
etc. etc…

 

I don’t believe in bubbles.

 

Before moving to San Francisco, I was warned that I would hate the bubble. The lack of diversity, the subtle sexism and the homogeneous tech lifestyle.
After spending two years in the Bay Area, I couldn’t disagree more.
When you proactively seek out unique perspectives, you will find them.
If you feel like you’re in a bubble, change it.

“If you live in a diverse city, you are not the one living in a bubble”