Marissa and I had a great time at Ash Wednesday. Though her and I are very similar in actuality, we were able to find differences in our backgrounds and bond over our diversity event. We got to see our friends and meet new people that gave us a fresh take on our event. Both Marissa and I are Jewish, so finding the differing event was not hard, and we had a great time getting to hang and know each other better.
Interview with Marissa-
Have you ever experienced discrimination because of your social identity? Not really for the most part. I was lucky that no one ever really bullied me for it, but I used to hear the occasional Jew joke that people would make or Holocaust jokes, but it was never something that ever bothered me or got bad.
If so, what happened? How did you feel? It wasn’t fun, obviously, but I never let it get to me. I would try and brush it off and make sure people knew that it didn’t bother me, but as I got older I would get mad when people joked about the Holocaust.
Interview with Megan- a member of Cru and girl at Ash Wednesday
What identities do you think about most often? Why? I think a lot about my faith and how He can guide me in my daily life. My momma always raised me to be aware of how God can get us through struggles and celebrate good times with us.
What identities do you think about least often? Why? I do my best to not think about my weaknesses or disabilities. I try and focus on what I am best at and how I can grow rather than think about things I cannot do.
How does identifying with the Christian community impact your life? They give me a backbone in my daily life. I love having emotional and spiritual support from those I know that share a lot of the same values as me and want to grow with me.
Have you ever experienced discrimination based on your social identities? Which one? People have sometimes called me “Jesus Freak” for being so spiritual or connected to Him. It’s hard to love a God so much but have others tear you down for loving your religion.
What happened? How did this make you feel? Obviously it hurt. I felt like I needed to change my ways to be more accepted but I did some deep thinking and realized that I don’t need to hide my true feelings when I can just accept what I love and ignore the hate of others.