First, I wanted to hug this girl and tell her, “Same!”The pressure to adapt is real. But I also wanted to give her a strong side-eye. Like, what are you doing??
It was the first time I had ever heard that word. I didn’t know how to react. I had many questions. Should I be upset? Could I call the white student the n-word too? Who invented this word? Do adults use the word?
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.
My hometown of Traverse City, Michigan is a vast land of freshwater, blue skies, wildlife, green as far as the eye can see…and three different hate groups within a three-hour drive of my house.