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Not Your lesson

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One afternoon at the beginning of 8th grade, I was sitting in the room where Model United Nations (we called it MUN) met after school. Under the guise of open and inclusive debate, students played the roles of ambassadors. We talked about every political topic under the sun: the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the immigration […]

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Wondering About Where I Fit In

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For the first six years of my life, I grew up on the island of Trinidad. I spoke with an accent, pronouncing three as “tree.” I ate Carribean food like roti, aloo pies, and pelau. I was accustomed to drinking water straight out of a coconut, eating mangoes from my grandfather’s mango tree, encounters with […]

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How I Fight Racism Both in the World and Within Me

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Before George Floyd’s murder, I didn’t focus much on racism I’d experienced. But Mr. Floyd was just a normal Black man trying to get through another day in his life, just like my father, my uncle, or my older cousins. That infuriated me enough to see that I couldn’t ignore any more of the microaggressions […]

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Stereotyped Into Silence No More

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In 2nd grade, my White teacher wrote on the dry erase board: “character traits/adjectives.” “Who knows an example of a way you can describe a character?” she said, her voice barely reaching the back of the room. The room remained quiet. She looked around the class. “You could have a character like Kaylee, who is […]

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