ATEC - Episode 64: So Much Further To Go: The Consequences of Racial Injustice and True Allyship ft. Natajia Miller

Episode 64: So Much Further To Go: The Consequences of Racial Injustice and True Allyship, featuring Natajia Miller

The first time Natajia Miller, who grew up in the Bahamas, was stopped by police for Driving While Black she was en route to graduate school in Georgia, her mother in the passenger seat right beside her. After being pulled over, confronted by and racist and threatening language and police dogs, she and her mother were taken to the police station. There she was told that without paying a hefty bail she would not be released. The next time she was pulled over the arresting officer did so for a minor incident the arresting officer brought her into the station, put her in shackles, and she spent a night in jail.

Not only did she feel ashamed, her life irrevocably changed that day. She knew that she would never be viewed or treated as equal in America because of the color of her skin. In this episode, Natajia, who is now a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant, shares her story, offers actionable steps on how to be an authentic-ally rather than a performative-ally, and weighs in on how much work there is to do.

As a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant, Natajia Miller trains and coaches entrepreneurs and small businesses on how to be more inclusive in life and in business. Having experienced her own brushes with racial injustice in America, as well as in her corporate career abroad and at home, Natajia seeks to facilitate safe spaces for the tough conversations entrepreneurs need to have. Natajia received her MBA from Georgia Southern and has lived abroad in Dubai and China, where she worked with 60+ nationalities and garnered over 100,000+ video views from her time as a correspondent. 



I’m a writer, a teacher, a native New Yorker, and I love hearing about people’s lives. When I think back to my elementary school days at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens whenever we began social studies or a history lesson I wasn’t that interested in learning about battles, topography, or politics. What I wanted to know was how people lived: What their families were like, how they adapted to their circumstances, what they ate, how they celebrated, how they felt.
Sociology became my major at Binghamton University and in my life so far I’ve been an actress, a salesperson, a Zoo Keeper’s Aid, a volunteer animal trainer, an ELL teacher, a mother, and a wife. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, all of which led me to create this podcast which is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve undertaken. I couldn’t ask for a better job than having in-depth conversations with survivors, thought leaders, authors, social justice warriors, and people who believe that we are all connected and then getting to share their stories, insight, and vulnerability with listeners.
I’m so glad you’ve landed on this page. I hope you find stories here which resonate with you and that you’ll tune in every week. 
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