I mean really see me.
I am black and I am here.
I have BEEN here.
I have been sharing my stories for years and yet none of it has ever been so visible.
I don’t want to wonder why you didn’t acknowledge me before a few weeks ago.
I don’t want to wonder why I was chosen for your event, campaign, or project etc.
I don’t want to feel that I cannot truly express myself in a workplace setting.
I don’t want to feel consistently excluded and underrepresented.
I don’t want to have to be strong 24/7.
But I do.
I want to come as I am without caution.
I want to spread joy and positivity.
I want to impact lives in a meaningful way.
I want to be heard.
I want to live my life.
I want to be ME.
I want you to see ME.
Do you see me now? 📷: @monique_pantel