Sharvon Green on Change
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My name is Sharvon Green. I'm actually originally from Georgia. I'm originally from a small town, right outside of Savannah, Guyton, Georgia.
I am from Effingham County, where when the football team would win, would the scores down, they played Dixie and waved the Confederate flag across the view. That's my school. So that's where I graduated from. So, some of the things that I see here are not as shocking for me as they are to some people, because that's my hometown. That's where I grew up. You know, rebels was our mascot, from a high school, and I was a band member. So playing Dixie was a part of the band duty. I was fortunate enough to have a band director that said to all of the African-American students, that if we knew what that song meant, we didn't have to play it. So some of the things are not as shocking for me because that's what I grew up with. But to hear someone say that, over the phone, at the beginning of the business that, you know, I'm so glad you're you have an Atlanta address and I do have an Atlanta address for my business. And it made me wonder, like, does she know that I am a woman of color, as she's saying that to me, that if my address was completely different, that I would not have been able to get financing for my business. It just really kind of brings home to, you know, we have gotten to a point now where things are so much better than what they were before, but we still have such a long way to go like such a long way to go.
And I think there's some real conversations that need to be had, on both sides. And I just really wish that sometime soon that we can have white people, Black people come to the table, if we can sit down and have those conversations, like real conversations, especially for everything that has happened over the past few weeks and not to be so political about everything that has happened, but everything that has happened over the past few weeks, even with the election, lets us know that we still have so far to go. We still have really so far to go as it comes to systemic racism even, even in business. So I just really hope that, you know, things will get better. And I hope that a lot of things that were brought to light here recently, will bring light to those who thought that we were in a place where, you know, you can see on social media where people make comments and say, what are you talking
About? Racism? Like, Hey, when I see those comments, I'm like, Oh my gosh, like how can you not think that we still have these issues, it's like unbelievable to me at this point in time.