I think this is one of the best videos from StoryCorps to explain why representation is important. If you have been following the democratic debates, you may have noticed that the candidates have been using storytelling as a way to engage, inform, and connect with viewers and potential voters.
One of the main issues that I have with individuals telling stories that are not there own is that action stops at the telling of the story. How powerful would it be if the individuals who experienced the issue at hand was included at the table to make decisions, craft policy, and provide insight?
This short video is so telling about the nuances that are inherent in every issue. This is why representation of race, class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and ability are important in the work that we all do especially if it's our intention to minimize unintended consequences.
Until next time!