Myisha T is a mental health activist, speaker, and entrepreneur passionate about the mental wellness and the empowerment for women.
In 2018, Myisha became curious about white women and privilege after ending a relationship with a co-worker that negatively impacted her mental health. This led her to identify her own internalized oppression and racism. Not interested in throw-away culture, she decided to seek out safe ways that white folks are showing up for BIWoC.
During Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, Myisha began her Check Your Privilege interview series inquiring into the work some white women are doing to show up safely for BIPoC and move beyond passive ally-ship to action driven co-conspirators.
Myisha works with organizations and community groups taking white people on a self-reflective journey exploring their relationship with power, privilege, and racism.
That’s where intersectionality comes in. You’ve probably seen the term thrown around on your socials but maybe don’t fully grasp what it means...which is fair, since it means kind of a lot! So here’s a primer: “Intersectionality” was coined in 1989 by lawyer and professor Kimberlé Crenshaw as a way to understand how a Black woman experiences the world, not as a woman or as a Black person but as both. Decades later, it’s now used to describe how a person should be perceived not as just one thing—their race or gender or sexuality or ability, etc.—but by the “intersections” of all those things. Basically, it’s the idea of considering the whole person versus only one of many potentially defining factors.19 February 2022