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Speaking Up About Sexism in My Family

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Names have been changed. After 28 days of fasting, Muslim families like mine mark the end of Ramadan with a holiday called Eid al-Fitr. My family invites our friends over for a dawat, which means feast in Urdu, the main language in Pakistan, where my parents are from. But last year I had no interest […]

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How I Became a Racist

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Names have been changed. The summer after 8th grade, I was nervous about starting high school. A lot of my middle school friends were going to be attending other schools. I didn’t want to be alone; I was shy and found it hard to make new friends. So I tried joining a clique from my […]

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Raising My Voice Against Racism

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I was in 6th grade, and was walking home after I’d gotten off the school bus. Up the street, I spotted an old White man lying on the sidewalk in ragged clothes and soiled towels. He looked at me while I tried to look away. “Hey, you.” What? Why am I the target? I looked […]

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A Short Cut to Independence

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For years, I needed my mom’s help to twist my long, thick hair, which fell nearly halfway down my back, into a braid or even a ponytail. I hated that morning ritual because it made me feel helpless. I hated the long hours it took to wash and dry my hair. I wanted to feel […]

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