Late night with Zion Fitch
By Xanayra Marin-Lopez
Senior Class Treasurer. Head of the Homecoming Dance Committee. Anchor and Producer of his school television broadcast. President of the Youth Council at his church. Head of Operations for Warriors for the Kids.
Georgia native Zion Fitch possesses many titles to his name. The most important title he claims is as a black male.
“You can quote me on this: I don’t want to be a stereotypical black man,” Zion explained.
He has managed to defy the stereotypes about his race and gender with every action he takes. He speaks for diversity and acceptance, not only for himself, but for others too.
How exactly does Zion do this? He incorporates his optimism and determination to redefine the stereotype of who he is as a black male.
With this passion in mind, Zion’s future aspirations and desires have been shaped by the struggles he has learned to overcome. He wishes to one day host his own late-night talk show involving comedy in a satirical manner, become a film director and own his own fashion line.
Given the many positions Zion holds, a lot of his time is spent creating. He enjoys working on his many artistic talents whether it be his photography business, Perfect Angles, working on his videography and short films, fashion, cooking and perfecting his YouTube channel.
Zion wishes to not only create something for himself, but to create a new image for the stereotypical black male. He expresses that time after time the average black male is seen as “deadbeat” with no educational future, who has either fallen into the world of drugs, joined a gang or fallen to a poor economic state.
Zion said he has cousins and relatives who sadly have fallen into the stereotype he wishes to avoid. This in itself has impacted his personal views on inequality among African Americans and African American males alike.
Zion said he believes that inequality will be beaten in a collective effort rather than small protests from time to time. Inequality in its whole requires cooperation from both sides of the opposing groups in his opinion.
“There’s more out there than just what the world says is out there for blacks,” Zion said. “Which is either football, basketball or a jail cell.”