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#blackinbrooklyntech

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I’m a Bengali junior at Brooklyn Tech, one of the most competitive public high schools in New York City. Last January, our school got national media attention for a hashtag, #blackinbrooklyntech, that gathered stories of racism experienced by Black students. The first time I became aware of what Black students were facing was two years […]

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Voices From the Archive

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Four of the “Central Park Five” were initially sent to the Spofford Juvenile Detention Center, where they participated in a writing workshop run by Youth Communication (the publisher of YouthComm Magazine). Raymond Santana published this poem in our prison newsletter, Spofford Voices, protesting his incarceration and proclaiming his innocence:  Time  I’m wasting time for a […]

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Straight Girl Stands Up for Gays

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In 5th grade, I had a friend who told me that she was bisexual. I had no idea what it was and I asked her. “It means I like boys, but I like girls too,” my 12-year-old friend told me. I had never heard of such a thing and I found it intriguing, since I […]

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Almost One of the Gang

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Names have been changed. When I was in 8th grade, all my friends started joining the Crips gang. They bragged about how cool they were, and they made gang life look so easy and fun. I hung out with them to learn more and just to be able to say I hung out with gang […]

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