In Response to Maya Freeman

A good friend of mine, Maya Freeman, wrote a piece about the BSA at CBU and her passion for black culture in general. Check it out at the link below!

When I first read this I was really thankful that Maya mentioned me. The title is what caught my attention at first, but the content kept my attention. Black culture is so captivating to me, but not just because it’s a part of my life. To listen to my parents and grandparents talk about the struggles that went through, and to see them all still standing and successful it so stunning for me. As a whole, the black community has come so far, but still not far enough. Maya is a close friend of mine, and watching her lead through BSA has been a privilege. Also, just watching how involved she is within the city of Memphis brings me joy.

I think the biggest problem that the African American community faces is that no one believes in us. Some of us don’t even know what we’re capable of. There are very few examples of successful black people in the media, compared to white people. Maya and most of us are trying to change that for the next generations. Stereotypes will be prevalent until one generation breaks them. Maya and I both agree that it needs to start with us.

Hopefully, as we get better and better, we can break the stereotypes that keep us chained. But it does make me think about the rhetoric that people like Donald Trump spread about us. We don’t all live in inner-cities, and we don’t all do drugs.

The adversity that we face has shaped us into who we are. We are proud of who we are. We are proud of where we come from. And even more so, we are proud of where we are going.

- Outerspace Chase

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