There are two places where I currently know #ShiftYourPerspective lives:
I first saw it with Photographer and Series Creator of Faces, Thaddeus Miles. Miles has a goal to create positive images of the Black experience – more so to create and share stories that work to portray a stronger, more unified side of life. Ultimately, life has varied players and varied experiences. If we want change – good change that makes positive progress – then we must work to create and establish new narratives that reframe those that serve to displace or limit the voices of those who are different.
#HeForShe is a gender equality movement by UN Women — the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women — and was launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson. HeForShe’s purpose is to achieve a solidarity movement in which “men and boys can engage and become change agents towards the achievement of gender equality.”
I have noticed more often that #HeForShe has initiated a #ShiftYourPerspective pledge. HeForShe’s #ShiftYourPerspective hashtag as a push for critical thinking and examination of one’s place, one’s perspective; hence, one’s way of viewing the world.
The idea that I am taking with The Black Lion Journal is that of reframing and reinterpretation. #ShiftYourPerspective means not just switching points of view in hopes to create empathy; It’s about understanding the power of value.
In a modest letter from the editor, I wrote about the power of value and the importance of placing value to our choices and to things that are overlooked. Those of us who have been given the favor, the acknowledgment of being in a position of privilege — whether that be from the color of your skin, your education, or your gifts and natural skills — have the opportunity to reinterpreting traditional molds of authenticity and legitimacy, to dismantle boundaries that exclude and discriminate, to create inclusion not by an effort to combine everything into a melting pot, but by accepting diversity in all of its shapes, sizes, colors, and abilities. Value is a form of power that establishes meaning and shapes influence.
If we shift our perspectives and our values, then maybe, like Junot Diáz said during a 2012 NPR interview, much could be learned from ourselves and from those who differ if we value things that have been undervalued — If we shift our perspectives.
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