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Reading the Tea Pages

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I first heard about the murder of George Floyd when my sister forwarded a news article via our family group chat. Over the next few days, I read as much as I could about the many acts of social activism taking place around the world in response to Mr. Floyd’s death.   But I also saw people making jokes about his […]

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My Family Taught Me About My Roots

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When I was in elementary school, I noticed that White students were favored by my teachers, from being picked first to be class monitors to being excused when bullying other children. In toy stores, my sister and I looked at rows and rows of White dolls wondering why none of them looked like us. There […]

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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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Learning From My Mistakes

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On my first day of elementary school, my mother dressed me and gave me a warning. “Be careful who you hang out with. Especially brown and Black people. They’re not known for good things. They do bad things in the streets.” “Like what?” I asked. “Stealing, killing, and all kinds of bad stuff. But you […]

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