REFLECTION: WHY SEEING SOMEONE SUCCEED WHO LOOKS LIKE YOU IS IMPORTANT

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“They did it, so can I.”


As an African American man, I was able to witness the election our nation’s first Black President of the United States. And what transpired following was a young generation of Black males and females that became interested in politics. Whether it is aspiring to lead the nation one day, or even taking the rankings in their own communities. Seeing someone that looks like you in a position that normally people who look like you don’t hold is important. Because coincidentally enough, seeing someone that looks opposite of you is not enough to make you think you can succeed in your career field. When Democratic hopeful Hilary Clinton ran for president last year, young girls all over the country thought they would see the win of the first female president. But why, why is it so important to see you in certain places of employment succeeding?

Well, like I said prior, it has to do with not seeing someone that looks like you hold that position. I never think twice about growing up in America being a professional athlete because so many Black men are athletes. But there are other professions where we still very rarely take initiative to join. There are still very few Black male engineers, school teachers, and doctors. And come to think of it, I have seen very few even in my lifetime, professional Black men, who have held the previous employment positions. So when you don’t see it, you automatically rule it out as a potential career path. Even myself, I have ruled out so much in my lifetime because I never felt it was possible for me to do so. So what you have is a large population of men who aspire to do only a few chosen things where the odds are astronomical to succeed.

But what about gender, is it important to see a woman dominating in her field. Of course, it’s why so many young girls want to become models. It’s an industry where the women on average earn more of an income than the men. But we still don’t have enough women who are engineers, top corporate executives, and high rankings in the military. This year, even though Hilary Clinton did not win in 2016, so many females recently became mayors and council members in elections throughout the country this past election day. And with that, there is wave of younger women in their twenties who have taken to politics. Also with new tech companies popping up, it’s only a matter of time before more women start to enter this industry as well.

In the end, those who don’t understand why it’s important generally fall under the category of the norm. You’re used to seeing those that look like you in a position, so it becomes irrelevant. So you don’t need to be told or see someone because it’s a given. But until the society we live in is fully representative, you’ll always have people who look at life this way.


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Author: faheemjackson44

I am from Racine, Wisconsin where I was raised until I graduated high school back in the year 2006. That entire time growing up in my mother's house, I was a student athlete. My goal was to embark on a general business career or athletics. But injuries through sports stopped a sports path, so I decided upon business with a focus in marketing. While attending undergraduate school at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, I began to write screenplays in my senior year. At first it was for fun, but I quickly learned writing allow me to transfer negative energy into characters I created. This led to a decrease in depressing mood swings, which in turn boosted my quality of life. After undergraduate school in May of 2011, I move to New York City for graduate school. While pursuing my MBA, I continued to write screenplays, but always wanted to write novels as well. I finished graduate school back in the year 2014, but wrote screenplays until I began thinking of my first short film, first First Day Fears. While finishing my fifth feature length screenplay, I started to write my first novel this year. So far, I have finished my first short film and working on my next one (Freedomless Speech), and recently self published my first novel (The Boy Who Could Talk To God) and short stories book (Faheem Jackson Short Story Collection Volume 1). My feature length screenplays have been put on temporary hold to finish my short films and books, but I am making good progress on my sixth feature length screenplay. With year 2017 ending, I am currently writing my novel Precinct 86 and Faheem Jackson Short Story Collection Vol. 2. I have started teaching myself photography and will pursuing that by summer of 2018, along with my videography, podcast later on, and more research for my documentary.

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