Aug 16 2022
The Story of an Ally- Patsy Jean-Pierre
What started out as a conversation about being an ally turned into a conversation about how one’s life circumstances and experiences lead them into diverse friendships, relationships, and alliance. I’ve known Patsy Jean-Pierre since the 7th grade when she was still a Foley. We have traveled the world together, literally as “13” and “34” in Europe, graduated from the best high school in America, Boston Latin School, and followed each other through social media over the years. And recently she married the love of her life, is pregnant with twins, and started her private practice which led to me sit down with her and ask, “yea Patsy, how did you find yourself amongst so many Black people?” And this piece- her life- was so important to discuss and new to me. Patsy’s life experiences made her ask the same question in different ways as she navigated in and out of predominantly Black spaces. Now in her own way, she continues to ask but also finds her footing in being a part of the solutions. I hope that this episodes reminds people that we are in this together and that there are some people who aren’t new to this, but true to this regardless of race. Patsy is one of those people.