How old were you when first awakened to the harsh reality of racism?
When I was in 4th grade, the first time I was called the n word and my parents sat me down to have a conversation.
What would you like to see your community to do to help on the topic of racism?
I would like to see people take the initiative to educate themselves, take action, sit down and have the uncomfortable conversations about racial issues, parents should explain all that, take a minute to look at what's happening and what you are gonna to do about it.
What exactly does the Black Lives Matter Movement mean to you?
This movement showcase one struggle that black people in america face, the movement was created around the time police brutality was really big and showing how much of a struggle black people face and losing black lives, injustice, emphasis on black lives.
How is life different for you as a person of color?
Went the mall and foot locker, locking at shoes, worker kept following us and being aggressive and questioning, taking on walkie talkie, for no reason aggressive
In general, microaggressions
Why do you think that racism is an uncomfortable topic for some people?
A couple reasons, for me, a little bit because it is traumatizing, going back to a moment that is so hard and uncomfortable, like sexual assault victims cant talk about it.
Another reason is because people never really understand you or listen, feeling not heard.
White people, education about race has to start from a young age, education system doesn't teach and all closed, white rich and parents won't talk about it so kids don't even know about it.
People don't want to face the facts, the rape, the slavery
When you experience racism whether it is slurs, microaggressions, discrimination, treated differently… is it more by your peers or adults like teachers, coach and admin?
Slurs mostly come from peers and microaggressions from adults . However, adults are more careful and passive aggressive. “Oh wow you Are taking this class”, being mistaken for the only other black kid in class/school.
How does racism affect your education/ ability to work on a daily basis ?
Having to work twice as hard to get the same outcome as a white person, they have beneficial privilege, in general often looked down upon, can't make mistakes, asked if you are in lower level class or need help, always feeling looked down upon.
How has racism affected your family over time ?
Living in Bethesda, Glen Echo was a segregated community, when I moved here, we struggled purchasing a house. I didn't want to sell the house just because of race. My grandparents grew up during segregation, and have been educated about it for a long time.
How do you feel about having to educate your non black friends constantly ? Should school and the education system do more to make kids more aware of the harm of their actions and words.
I like to educate because there is a chance they don't know what they are saying, it's necessary, alarming to do it all the time, we should all have learned it a while ago, they should know that, school should do a lot more.
Is there an experience or specific event you would like to tell us about ?(you can choose to stay anonymous)
In 7th grade (Pyle) got called the n word 7 times and got called a cotton picking monkey
Mr Nardi said that there repercussions but only had to write a paragraph on how n word is bad and went to all black teachers to explain it but nothing else, n word pass
Don't feel comfortable going to school
Happened every year getting called the n word
Sarah macadoo story school called saying he threatened her and hurt her when it was all wrong and school just took her up for that.