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Janera: 30 Neighbors. 30 Days. Spotlighting diverse Pittsburghers in social media and here on PUM

February 2,  Day 14:

 

“I had someone say to me the other day: ‘You know, janera, I just don’t understand the African American community.’ And I was just like, ‘I don’t know, there’s a million perspectives to understand. There is no such thing [as one community].’ But that way of thinking, it is 100 years old, and it’s comfortable for people here... Both for people within the cultural group, there’s still a lot of comfort to say: ‘I’m a part of this thing.’ And, for the outside people, it’s also very comfortable because they don’t have to deal with the complexity of all different kinds of people. I’m still in meetings where people ask me to tell them what the African American community thinks, and I’m like: ‘I don’t know. I was not elected by them. I don’t even know who they are. What are we talking about?’ There's a need to fast forward and catch up with the rest of the world in recognizing that people are complex and nuanced.” -- janera  #IamPGH

 

 

“In terms of culture, I think it would be nice if we could say that Pittsburgh is the most tolerant and inclusive city in the world. I’d like to say that. I’d be able to tell people that.” -- janera  #IamPGH

 

Welcoming Pittsburgh is launching 30 Neighbors. 30 Days., in collaboration with PittsburghUrbanMedia.com and other partners, to spotlight stories from diverse Pittsburghers, including those hailing from countries around the globe, transplants from other American cities, and Pittsburgh natives. 

  Follow the campaign:  www.PittsburghUubanMedia.com, WelcomingPGH on Facebook and Twitter, hashtag #IamPGH. 30 Neighbors. 30 Days. runs January 20 – February 18, 2016.

 
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