Having to spend my childhood rehearsing for the day a police officer would pull me over may sound scary. And I’m aware it’s not something parents of all races feel the need to teach their kids. But the day it actually happened, I was grateful that my mom made sure I was ready.
Youth Radio’s Soraya Shockley shares a lesson she learned from a kindergarten experience where she had to choose a crayon to match her skin tone.
As part of our partnership with the New York Times Race/Related, Youth Radio correspondents from around the country described their lasting memories of a first encounter with racism.
It’s complicated living in this mostly white town…I’ve had to compromise myself and my community more than I want, hoping for diversity and dialogue.
It seemed like no matter where I was, I wasn’t either not white enough or not Mexican enough. But I found my inspiration to pull through it all in an unexpected place: music.
I never wanted to invite people over to my house because I thought that they would take one look at our shabby one-story home in what they would call the “ghetto” and go running back to their perfect, suburban, gated communities.
When I was a little kid, I didn’t really care that my new mom was white. As I got older, though, race became more important
There has been a large increase in the number of black women that are traveling. Sometimes with agencies that are specifically created for groups of black women to travel, or friends going together some are even going on solo trips.
I often get praised for my intelligence. Even though that sounds like a compliment, sometimes the implication is: You’re smart…for a Black girl.