This is your official invitation to intentionally explore, engage, and celebrate the mixed cultural underpinnings of what it means to be "American" today. It starts with you.
FOR POSTING: Take a picture of YOU and something that matters to your individual #MixedIsAmerica culture.
Own what is explicitly a part of your lived narrative; what has been personally experienced by you - your lived and loved truth.
FOR POSTING: Now ask if the picture truly empowers - does it tell you and your story honestly, without invalidating you?
Take note of any disempowered, codependent, neutral, or powered truths - how do we flip the script and empower these truths?
FOR POSTING: Note the 'other' cultural pieces in the image.
Validate what is explicitly a part of the other person's lived narrative; what has been personally experienced by them. What is their lived and loved truth?
FOR POSTING: Does the picture empower the truth of 'other' people or things, honestly and without invalidating them?
Take note of any disempowered, codependent, neutral, or powered truths - how do we flip the script and empower these truths, simultaneously validating coexistence with your own?
ON SOCIAL: Take one last look to ask yourself what the shared truth is that this picture tells - and share that context in your comment, as you post it with #MixedIsAmerica - that's it!
Engage the Other in a creative dialogue that validates the fact that two or more truths - which may seem at odds with each other - do actually coexist.
We value Individual Culture seen through a Diversity Lens.
Owning our truth means owning our story - which is different than our history.
Truth is multiplicitous and we need perspective to connect to others - to truly see humanity is to embrace the vast diversity beyond the binary.
We expect diversity, and where we do not see it, we critically reflect on why it does not exist.
Rejection of any part of someone's identity - age, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, self expression, etc - can lead to invalidation trauma. In many spaces, shaming is the norm. We aim to disrupt this cycle.
When we assume we know beyond doubt what's best for another human, we speak from a Powered place.
Empowerment invites equitable distribution of power - it says with love and respect "I have an offering - you can decide whether this works for you or not." Empowered people are accountable, value accountability, and support others in empowering themselves.