We Have So Much Room to Grow

ANASTASIA KLEIN-JOHNSON

My children — girls, three and six — lot of joy, laughter. They’re laughing right now. Lot of noise!

 

I’m moving — I’ll be joining the Navy in January, so I started the day packing. Routine, self-discipline, better organization skills, financial health. Oh, man, if I could just learn how to save or spend and it not be extreme — it’s always an extreme for me. I’d like to be my own boss and be a philanthropist. I want to help. That’s what I’m going to the military for, to get that skill set that could really pull the leader out of me. I feel it’s in me. I was the class president when I was at Doss High School.

 

The racist people that — oh, I couldn’t even tell you. I live in a nicer neighborhood, and I have neighbors who don’t feel like I belong and they just make me uncomfortable. And then you go to Chicago or New York and it’s cultured. Everyone just kind of fits in. It’s not perfect, of course. But coming from a place like this, you don’t realize the problem until you see how good it could be, how comfortable you could be in your own skin.

(Breonna Taylor) shook my world. I couldn’t focus at work. Hearing about the case made me upset. The people who surrounded me, they were complacent, Black or white. That definitely was unruly for me because I started losing connections with people that I thought I knew. It made me uncomfortable — in a good way, because it’s something to grow off of. It loosened the soil for us to blossom on newer grounds. Louisville, we’re known for this. Now it’s out loud. We all see it. It has to be changed. And I’m so happy that we got to be that source. I’m proud to be from here just because of that.”

This is one of 26 interviews with Black women that ran in our 2020 No. 6 print issue.
Photos by Charlee Black.

 

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