3 days ago
Our three year old Noah was watching a video of his favorite song, Sunflower, from the movie Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse. Out of nowhere, he exclaimed excitedly, “Look Mommy! That’s Daddy’s hair!”
Folks, not many of you may realize the importance of representation. Or perhaps you acknowledge it, but haven’t *felt* how deeply, intensely significant its emotional impact is, because of born privilege. Heck, even I didn’t viscerally feel it... until I saw the smile on my little biracial son’s face. For a three year old to be this excited about recognizing his black father’s hair on a superhero as well-known as Spiderman is most emphatically amazing. My son doesn’t know what the political climate is right now. He doesn’t realize that minorities and women are in one of the biggest socio-political revolutions of history, an ongoing war to recognize the simple truth that we are ALL deserving of dignity, respect, compassion, support and the freedom to live without prejudice.
Just a couple years ago, this representation would’ve been inconceivable. If my son is this excited now that Spider-Man’s hair matches his father’s, imagine how impactful such representation might be as he becomes old enough to understand this world? Representation is important. It doesn’t matter who you are: minority, woman, fat, thin, sick, poor, disabled, LGBTQI. Your face matters if you are not already seen. Representation - IN THE MAINSTREAM - matters. #juneteenth #representation #blackrepresentation #blackexcellence #representationmatters
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