Remember, media is controlled by those who want certain images to be portrayed and certain beliefs to be spread and accepted. Look beyond, local news and find your own news. Yes, they want us to be viewed a certain way. Yes, negativity about us is disseminated more than the positive. However, we know the truth. We know who we are. We know what we are capable of. We know what we have done. We know what we continue to do.
Understand that our portrayal is controlled by those who want us to continue to be deemed as inferior, violent, ignorant etc. However, we do not have to accept this portrayal. Use your life, accomplishments and struggle as a rebellion against the portrayal. Use your education as a vessel to others that the portrayal is false and that there are many positive stories of the greatness we do and are.
Educate yourself, because we are not what they view us. We are what we make of ourselves. We are cloaked in strength and armed with the passion to succeed. We are implanted with resilience and determination. Do not let the neglect of the beauty of who we are and the negative portrayal of us negate who YOU are and WHAT you do. They do not define you, YOU DO! -M. Millie