"When the title came up -- ’the first Black person,’ and it comes up a lot -- then it started to sink in that I’m not only representing myself but I’m representing a culture. I’m representing a genre of people that you can’t see."
When you stereotype, Robertson says, "You end up possibly not having great relationships with people who you might have more in common with than you ever suspected.... You miss out on a lot of opportunities and all the opportunities that diversity brings."
"This savior mentality that we’ve created as a culture -- Black folks don’t need to be saved. They need to be loved, they need to be invested in, they need to be provided resources that will help them to be successful."
Alexandra Ritchie works in higher education, in the admissions office at UW-Green Bay. Earlier this year following social justice protests, Ritchie penned a letter to her colleagues about issues of race, and ways that UWGB could have an impact on the entire student body.
Before opening his barbershop, Walker cut hair out of his home. Many players would come and get their trims while discussing their lives, struggles, goals and identities. He knows many of their families and they know him because of the trust they’ve built over the years.