"I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my BLACKNESS, I matter equally."
Black History Month 2022: Milly by Kezna Dalz For Reitmans
February 3, 2022
I’m currently based in Montreal but I am originally from Burundi (East Africa). What I love about my culture is mostly the togetherness, the hospitality, good food, how we rely on each other, the traditional music, and so much more.
I wouldn’t say that I have faced so many challenges based on my nationality, but simply based on being black. When you identify as Black, you face a host of challenges and discrimination that other counterparts would not give a second thought. From being denied access to opportunities, to worrying about how a resume appears, wondering if we can be our authentic self at work without repercussions, to being the only person in the workplace to represent their community— we face dozens of everyday hurdles, small and large, that impact our career trajectory and ability to simply make a living.
The positive aspect, on the other hand, is how quickly we adapt to any situation or circumstance because we were exposed to those challenges. It has helped me learn how to navigate our cultural differences - Milly Keurna