Senior Isabella shared an essay offering her perspective as a young African-American. She prefaces it with this:
Please read this through. This post is my own opinion, based on my own experiences. I’m always open to dialogue and modifying my beliefs, and I hope you read this and allow it to sink in. I don’t harbor negative feelings for anyone mentioned in this, nor was this made to “call them out,” but I wanted to use my own experiences to educate those around me and offer maybe a new perspective.
I’ve refrained from sharing my thoughts on recent issues until now, as I wasn’t sure if I wanted to speak on such a personal matter on my social media, or if I could effectively express myself in a post instead of a dialogue.
Instead of talking about police brutality, as I think enormous awareness of that issue has been raised by myself and my peers, I would like to talk about a bigger picture of racism in America, and the little ways it is prevalent in our day to day life that you might not realize. Part of sharing my thoughts include sharing my own experiences, so I ask that you read this with an open mind and heart.