Hello, it is I turning in a late blog — I am so sorry! I will do better next week.
Anywhose let’s talk about culture. My perspectives on culture have always been interesting as a Black woman from the African diaspora that grew up in a predominantly white town in Michigan then moved to the rural south then back to the Midwest to Michigan. Each location and experience is different than the other due to the people and the identities present in each place. Additionally, how folks experience the same place is shaped by their life experiences and the norms they grew up with, value, and expect of others. Culture is like water colors, very abstract, amorphous, consistently changing by the slightest brush of a stroke and gorgeous. Brilliant Detroit is special because while they use the same model at each home, the participants drive and shape the culture of each home. As mentioned in yesterday’s group activity, Brilliant Detroit is working on allyship through an active lens of being the allies that the community wants and not who Brilliant Detroit wants to be. Although there are no explicit cultural cues I can articulate, I can confidently say each home holds a culture that prides inclusivity, growth, and community. And that’s pretty awesome.