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LaTasha Jones

 

Well, what is diversity?

Is it just differing races, ages, genders? Or maybe it’s the difference in Right and Left. Could it be coming from a different city, a different state, a different country? I thought about everything that usually makes me stand out in eastern North Carolina, at work, in class. I thought about all of the things that make me, essentially, different…

  • Afro.
  • Glasses.
  • Vegan.
  • Single.
  • Pro-Choice.
  • Womanist and Feminist.
  • Proponent of the 2nd Amendment.
  • Neither Democrat nor Republican.

 

But, I want you to ponder this for a moment:

“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.” -Anais Nin

I have known since the 2nd grade that I was a writer. Consider coming across these words by Nin when you’re on your way to college. Imagine spending the greater part of your young adult life trying to convince yourself that it was okay, after all, to be something, to be someone that raised eyebrows, conjured sardonic snickers and giggles, was, generally, looked down upon. I have been living in Greenville for the last seven years and I have been immersed (and overwhelmingly so) in a culture and climate that places a significantly greater value and regard on science and technology-based vocations. When it comes to my education targets (currently, a Masters in English), I am oft the minority. I am different. I work on West Campus; the side with all the “professional students.” I work in a library. So, you want to teach? No, not at all. So, then, what? I want to write. Ain’t that enough? But…you won’t make any money… It goes on and on and on…

Of all the things that I think qualify me as diverse, right now, being a writer is the one that I recognize and identify with the most. Yes, I am usually the only single black woman in any given situation, but I am always the only person who wants to spend their life writing…poetry, nonfiction, essays, rants, articles, plays...I am not in it for fame or money. I’m just here to leave an artifact or two.

LaTasha works in Access Services and chairs the Diversity Committee.