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Student Voice: “Speak Up and Let Your Voice Be Heard”

    • Student Voice: “Speak Up and Let Your Voice Be Heard”

       

      I have never felt a pain this deep in my soul before, and it terrifies me. To be so early in my life and seeing all of the injustice happening around me to people who look just like me is one of the scariest things I have ever experienced. I’m positive this is a feeling shared by so many other people just like me. I wish so deeply that there was just an off switch, or a fast-forward button so we could come out of this time of hopeful transition but there isn’t, and I and so many people I know, have taken this so much harder than I could ever have imagined. I feel so lost, I feel as though I should be doing more to help but I’m also feeling defeated when I realize that I am doing all that I can. I don’t normally talk about my mental health, but in the past few weeks, incidents like Amaud Arbery and George Floyd have only made things worse and I feel so horrible. I say this because I know there are other people who are taking this just as hard and who are feeling just as bad as I am and now more than ever is a time not only a time for standing up for what is right and educating those who are uneducated, but it is also a time for togetherness. It has been so refreshing (despite the circumstances) to see so many people posting and voicing their opinions on something that is so crucial in today’s society and should not be overlooked. It may make you uncomfortable to talk about, but that’s the point. We shouldn’t be comfortable with racism, we should not look at the deaths of so many innocent people and move on with our days as if nothing has happened.

       

      To my friends who have the privilege to do so, speak up and let your voice be heard for those of us who are not and quite possibly will not be heard.

      I may be hurting too, but please do not hesitate to reach out at any point if you need someone to talk to or someone to just listen, I am here for you.

      #BlackLivesMatter

      #ByStudentsForStudents | 📣 Vera Brown (@verhuhbee on Instagram)

       

      How are you speaking up and taking action in your community? How are other students you know doing the same?

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    • Thank you so much for this post! I’m always glad to see people step up and speak out. We all need to be more vulnerable in times where the systems we have are falling apart and change is inevitable.

    • It’s been incredible to watch students and young people around the country stand up for themselves and others. Your voices are so powerful and can truly change the world! I thought it might be uplifting to share a few of those stories here.

      • Read about hundreds of Baltimore students who rallied for anti-racist curriculum. https://www.baltimoremagazine.com/section/educationfamily/students-march-and-call-for-anti-racist-pro-black-curriculum-changes
      • How student activism is shaping the Black Lives Matter movement. https://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherrim/2020/06/04/how-student-activism-shaped-the-black-lives-matter-movement/#6fd8ea234414
      • Check out the story of a Bronx 5th-grader who decided to lead her own Black Lives Matter protest. https://ny.chalkbeat.org/2020/6/12/21289842/bronx-fifth-grader-black-lives-matter-march
      • Read about six teen girls who organized a massive Black Lives Matter protest held in Nashville. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/six-teen-girls-who-met-on-twitter-were-behind-nashvilles-massive-black-lives-matter-protest/ar-BB156JOz

      Share more! I’d love to see them.

       

       

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