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Raising My Voice Against Racism

author image There are lots of ways to speak up about racism, from protesting the national anthem to writing a play to raise awareness like Winnie does.

“Being Chinese felt like a bad kind of different, like a crack in a wall,” writes Winnie. Determined to push back against the racist remarks she encounters, Winnie takes action and writes a play to address microaggressions toward Asian Americans. [more]

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Colin Kaepernick Is the two-time NFC champion quarterback not getting offered a contract because he’s being punished for his activism against racism? Toyloy presents his case for why he believes that he is. [more]
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I’ll Work Hard So America Is Safer for All The writer moved here from Mexico when she was 4, and now at 21, she feels proud to be living here. But our new president has made her afraid of being deported. [more]
Speaking My Truth As a reporter for her school newspaper, Aishamanne is accused of being angry and “ranting” about race. After discussing this with friends, she concludes it’s important for her to speak her truth, no matter what others think. [more]
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Learning to Breathe Again As the writer grows up, she witnesses her father’s abuse of her mother. After intervening in one of their fights, her father moves out and she learns about abuse prevention through a job. [more]
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One Teen’s Fight Against Child Sex Trafficking Melvin Pichardo profiles Victoria Pannell, a New York City high school teenager, who advocates for survivors of child sex trafficking. [more]
Too Fat or Too Thin The writer's family consistently taunts her about her shape and eating habits. She summons the confidence to stand up to their negative talk. [more]
Six Weeks in Thailand When Brianna visits Khon Kaen through an intercultural exchange program, she learns to be more independent. “This trip helped me discover that despite my natural inclination to be shy, I am capable of doing courageous things.” [more]
Keeping Immigrants Out Isn’t the Key to Our Safety—Gun Control Is Melanie argues that gun control is the way to keep American's safe—not Trump's attempts to keep immigrants out of the country. [more]
Happy Being a B+ Student “I value my free time to do things I love,” says Grace. When that free time is compromised by the rigors of her junior year, she starts to stress out and her grades suffer. [more]
How I Stopped Cutting The combined stress from home and school turns the writer to self-harm. Eventually she talks to her mom, who helps her develop strategies to help her break the dangerous habit. [more]
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