Tag Archives: race and school

Carlo’s Story

When I first arrived in the United States, my obstacles to making friends were primarily cultural. Coming from a truly multicultural society, it was hard adapting to a culture where people divided themselves according to historical ethnic backgrounds. Having had … Continue reading

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Rachel’s Story

I grew up in a very small town.  All the members of the town were White and Catholic.  If they weren’t Catholic, they lived in the next town over, but they were still White.  As a child I probably would … Continue reading

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Sunanya’s Story

I remember when I was 10 I went to summer classes in Atlanta. I have a very strong memory of sitting in a science class, and I still remember the professor’s name because I think I’m still traumatized by that … Continue reading

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Melanie’s Story

There was an experience where I knew I was different from others. When I was in elementary school, my mom packed me a Japanese bento box, and everyone else was eating sandwiches. I hated being different, so I went home … Continue reading

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Davianne’s Story

The first time I became aware of my race was in pre-school when I was four years old. The pre-school was in a suburban town outside of Boston, MA in the early 1990’s. I was the only black student in … Continue reading

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Annie’s Story

I grew up in Queens, and I think it’s a very diverse demographic. I don’t remember exactly when I realized about race and difference. When I was younger, I would just play with anybody. Race didn’t really matter because I … Continue reading

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Allie’s Story

Allie who is of Chinese origin recounted a story about when she first went to school in the United States after immigrating from Australia. Her classmates teased Allie relentlessly because she spoke English with an Australian accent and she worked … Continue reading

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Adrienne’s Story

When she was about eight or nine years old, she learned about slavery for the first time. She was immediately enraged and sad that something so insidious like that happened, but more notably she began to realize that race mattered. … Continue reading

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Students on Color – Students write about their experiences with race

Kids on Color is introducing a new series of student-written stories! For the next few weeks we will be featuring pieces submitted by undergraduate and graduate students from across the country. The stories range from accent discrimination and the challenges … Continue reading

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Name Calling

My child came home the evening before last from school to tell me she didn’t have a good day. A child bullied her, and it culminated that day in the child calling my daughter several names, including the N word. … Continue reading

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