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Illustration by Sharon Harris

Two things about me: I am a white, straight, cisgender man who works in technology and I grew up in a single-parent home with two sisters on welfare and food stamps. I didn’t have the easiest childhood.

I have had and continue to live, a very privileged life. Privilege and my childhood aren’t mutually exclusive. Despite anything I went through growing up, privilege was still a part of it. That doesn’t diminish what I went through and both played a role in shaping who I am today. They are integral parts of my story, shape my world view, and influence…

Derrick Ligon

Designer at @ibmdesign

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