As America continues to grapple with the tragic, hate-fueled events that transpired in Charlottesville, Va. this past weekend, the VOX teens’ content on race relations is as relevant as ever.
I’ve had my dose of jaw-dropping obsessive meltdowns, and to desensitize to these attacks, I laugh. If I don’t, I become an irrational mess in a hazmat suit, only consuming blue M&Ms and touching street lights so I won’t die. To overcome OCD, I can’t just survive. I must thrive.
This was not a suicide attempt. This was the precursor. This was the consideration. I should’ve called a helpline. Or texted. Or called my psychiatrist. I should’ve done something to help me recover.
As a child, I was always bullied for my size, the way I spoke, the hearing aids I wore, my interests and occasionally my skin color. Once I began to combat the bullying — witty comebacks or removing myself from the negative environment — it ceased to occur.
Race is a subject that is often shunned, but the participants of this event were fearless and eager to discuss the topic, along with ways to try to eliminate certain hardships that come with racial identities.
The wooden stairs creak more
My edges grow, leave, and grow again
Nostalgia becomes a person who haunts my daydreams…
A majority of Americans are against the idea of slave reparations. According to a 2016 Marist Poll, 68 percent of Americans are against the idea, while less than half of millennials are against reparations. The report shows differences in attitudes based on race and generation.
With a lack of ethnic diversity, many people of color dismiss themselves as imperfect and not beautiful when this is the farthest thing from truth.
VOX traveled to Athena’s Warehouse at Cross Keys High School this fall to lead two workshops with their teen girls and mentors about race. After several activities and opportunities for discussion, the mentors interviewed the teens for VOX’s “Portraits of Race” project as part of VOX Investigates’ Race In Atlanta. Teens shared their stories, experiences, and opinions through these interviews. […]
But what exactly is racism? How does it differ from related terms, such as prejudice or discrimination? I asked a few teens and looked up some official definitions.