Sonia

“I am half white and half Asian, specifically Indian. And both my parents are immigrants. So growing up in the United States is a completely unique experience for me.”

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Obi

“This song (“Eguw Meri”) means “The Song of the Victorius”. I wrote it the day of the verdict in the George Floyd murder trial.”

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Dahalia // 4th grade

“Some kids came up to me and said, You shouldn’t be playing with these black kids come play with us. And I said, these are my friends, I’m going to play with whoever I want to play with.”

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Leah // 4th grade

“I’m an Asian girl that gets compared to a lot of other Asian girls. They assume that I’m a Korean girl, a Chinese girls, a lot of other girls, I’m just a Burmese girl.”

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Tierney // 4th grade

“I was at the Mall of America and there were a lot of Somalian people. And this kid that came with us, called them monkeys. I know that’s not right.”

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Sumer

“One kid blurted out, that’s not your mom, you’re adopted. And I remember I couldn’t even breathe. All the kids started laughing. And I just remember running out crying.”

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Quetzali

“I think that the hardest part about growing up in this Hispanic culture and being a first generation, Mexican American is just being independent. Especially being a girl in Hispanic culture.”

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Mac

“What was in my head was more just assimilate, trying to fit in with what they already had going on, rather than being myself because I didn’t really know who myself was, at the time.”

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Maisa // 12th grade

“Being born to immigrants that fled a civil war in Somalia, I didn’t realize that I would face a ton of microaggressions during my first year as a freshman in high school.”

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Bakari

“I just really love using music as a vehicle and a means of creation to manifest the state I wish to be in.”

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Jean-Paul

“You can’t let anybody define you or tell you who you are. Sometimes you could take the negativity of situation and flip it into a positive triumph.”

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Jackson // 11th grade

“The art teacher would constantly mix me up with all the other black students. I just don’t understand how you can mix this up because we are clearly different people.”

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