As a white person, there's only so much that I can understand of what it means to be in a minority.
And in light of the recent events with George Floyd, it is imperative that we have a conversation with someone who truly understands the struggle and what it means to be black.
That's why in this episode, we have my good friend, Jean Perpillant.
He's the owner of Design Theory – a digital agency in South Orlando; providing services in web design, photography, and digital strategy solutions.
Tune in as we talk about micro aggressions, white privilege , and entrepreneurship
[02:43] Diversity in Orlando compared to other cities & WordPress
- Being an organizer of WordCamp Orlando and being to some of the WordCamps, Miami, Jacksonville, etc, there definitely is a lot more room for diversity.
- Diversity is something that's not widely talked about in the web design/development community.
We have to embrace this as part of our culture, but then also teach how this was incorrect and that we will never do something like, only then can you build a society and actually have true patriotismClick To Tweet
[12:21] The need for more conservation in the leadership level
- Businesses that changes avatar saying that they'll stand up to them doesn't mean anything
- Promote someone in your leadership who is of color, put on a stage, and let them show everybody else in the company, how they feel about what's going on, let them lead the way on change that should be happening and inclusion
- Let them expose these microaggressions that everybody knows about, but no one wants to really talk about and let them start to shed a light on it, so that way people can understand what a waste purpose is.
[18:08] Building a business, Micro aggressions in networking events etc
- When Jean started, he had to learn on his own. He taught himself how to build websites. He did all of it with his own money while working on the side and starting a family.
- Breaking in to a conversations seems harder for him. It seems like other people seem to be very open with other people telling things except for him.
[23:47] How to be aware of your own thought patterns with regards to racist tendencies
- Everybody has some levels of prejudice because of different cultures, situations, upbringing etc.
- Identify if something is racism vs prejudice.
- Start by speaking up when something is wrong. It forces others to start the conversation and realize that maybe an act is racial.
We need change and we need to see it actually happening, like love, isn't going to do it. If that was the case, we would have been there already less hate if that was going to do it, we would have been there alreadyClick To Tweet
[50:05] Black Lives Matter vs All Lives Matter and how to address it without ringing someone's neck
- If you look at historically what has been happening and what is happening, they are disproportionately being mistreated.
- The analogy is does your left arm matter more than your right arm?
- The attention is much more agregious towards the black community. We have to stand in solidarity to say, hang on as a society and say, hang on, something's wrong here, everybody else.