Our class is studying various issues related to race in today’s society. For our class project, we chose to create a video that shows how racial profiling affects each person of color, regardless of his or her economic background.
VOX spread out along the route of Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women — from the Center for Civil and Human Rights to the Georgia state capital building. Here we present a variety of stories of youth, their protests and hopes.
In this issue of VOX Investigates, we tackle a variety of issues relating to race that affect Atlanta teenagers — from the school-to-prison pipeline to social media and racial beauty standards. We have made it our mission to try to include as many voices and perspectives as possible, but we also realize that is truly impossible for us to represent every viewpoint, issue and racial identity that exists within the city. It is not our intent to exclude anyone, nor do we consider this issue a definitive look at race in Atlanta; instead, we hope our work is just one part of a larger ongoing dialogue that needs to occur within our communities.
If I’m black you’re silver?
Okay I’ll be brown but why are you now pinker?
Wait so let me get this straight
As long as I’m different then I don’t equate?
I was lucky enough to create a video from an event where teens from metro Atlanta spoke their true, uncensored thoughts about this year’s presidential election and the issues they believe the candidates should tackle head on.
There is not a better time to put this movie out, especially because of the current constant persecution and killing of black men and women across the United States.
Got my hands up while you got a bulletproof vest./From the way you were shooting, I’d think I’d had an X on my chest.
America the free, land of the brave./Built up and carried by the legions of slaves.
On “Blond,” Frank Ocean succeeds in addressing important topics, including racial profiling, police brutality and Black Lives Matter. By comparing himself to Trayvon Martin, Ocean makes the issue personal.
White child, are you afraid of me? With skin black and teeth gleaming/I pray that you outgrow your fear of the dark/It is best for us both
When I learned that I would be attending a college where 75.9 percent of the student body is composed of white people, I immediately found myself anxious about whether my blackness would be accepted. I shaved off my hair, telling people “I just want a new start.” But I really did it because I did not want to face the awkward looks in the dorm’s bathroom.