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Tonja & Tiffany

Tonja: “Inclusivity is…that sense or that ability to be able to ensure that everyone has equal representation in what’s happening. So whether that’s millennials, people of color, people with different sexual orientations…making sure that everyone has that freedom to also feel like they can come to the table.

 

That is actually one thing that’s really important to me.

 

One of the challenges in moving back to Macon for me was that, as a young person, as a female, as a black person – all those things kinda in a sense sometimes can combine in a way that’s not…a positive way to be able to feel like you can just jump in and do what you’re used to doing.”

 

Tiffany: “I think inclusiveness is missing in Macon. It’s not just a black and white issue. It’s young people; it’s older people. There doesn’t need to be a board room full of 19-year-olds, but it doesn’t need to be filled with the same people who are in the same things.

 

I think if we all just kinda have that inclusiveness and togetherness, that Macon could really accomplish everything great.

 

I’ll join programs and clubs and all that, and I would be the only young black female in the group. And I encourage friends of mine, especially like black women, to come and that way they’re comfortable. Just to to say, ‘Hey, girl. If you don’t like this company or the way they’re treating you, start your own business.”

 

I will do that for you. We can go to the Secretary of State’s website, and I will do that for you.

 

So, that’s something that I just, I try. I mean, I don’t know everything. But everything I do know that can be helpful, I’ll be like, ‘I will do that for you.’

 

Tonja: “Openness. Communication…it is so serious on alllll levels. Even people who…consider themselves a minority…communicating on whatever lines…just open communication, open dialogue, and being honest. Because I think sometimes we’re afraid to say things; we’re afraid to communicate; we don’t want to say the wrong things…

 

But if we can say, ‘Hey, this is a honest conversation. This is something that I wanna just come to the table and be honest with you about…’

 

Then we can have a serious conversation.”

 

Tonja: “What’s our favorite thing to do in Macon? Can we say, ‘drink wine’?” 

Tiffany: “A concert…we love a concert…”

 

Tonja: “We started a book club. I mean, it’s a book and wine club. Sometimes we read.”

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