Kerry Washington on Being an Ally, Being Othered, and The Power of Inclusive Storytelling
In her acceptance speech for GLAAD’s Vanguard Award last month, Actress Kerry Washington spoke on being an ally, being othered, and the power of inclusive storytelling.
“We have been pitted against each other and made to feel like there are limited seats at the table for those of us who fall into the category of other. As others, we are taught that to be successful, we must reject those other others, or we will never belong.”
“We can’t say that we believe in each others’ fundamental humanity, and then turn a blind eye to the reality of each others’ existence and the truth of each others’ hearts. “
“To be represented is to be humanized, and as long as anyone, anywhere is being made to feel less human, our very definition of humanity is at stake and we are all vulnerable.”
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW