“I realized I was Haitian when I was in middle school.”

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On July 17, we hung out with South End Technology Center and asked “When did you first realize you were _(your race)_?”

“Back in 2010, I was window shopping and the white guy that works at the store was following me around. . . but I noticed there were other white kids just standing around looking but not buying anything.  I guess the guy was following me because maybe a black girl shoplifted and got away with it.” -Diana

“I was always aware of my race.  I’m a Latino and I’ve known it because I can speak Spanish for as long as I can remember. My Mom and Dad would listen to salsa, merengue and bachata because they grew up in Latino communities in far away countries where these music genres are embedded into the culture.  We ate food and used words like rico to describe the burst of flavor inserted into our mouths.  I simply always knew I was a Latino child.” -Xavier

“Race means different cultures you’ll get to experience all different types of cultures from all over the world.  It might give you a different aspect on people and their ethnic background.” -Zenito

“I realized I was Haitian when I was in middle school.  I used to get bullied about it because I spoke another language.  People would make comments about how Haitians smell or push me away. . . people of my race.” -Lucie

“When I entered high school.  This was the first time I feel race matters for my success.  My high school mostly consists of blacks and Latinos so it was awkward for me to change from a diverse community of whites, blacks, Asians, etc. to a place where it was mostly black.  I felt that I was limited on what I could achieve because of what the teacher thinks.  I act like the other black kids and they have to “save” me from my destruction.  To me, that is called lack of trust.” -Sammy

“I first noticed my “ethnicity” when I went to high school.  I began to notice for some reason that everyone felt the need to notice the fact that I was Black.” -Bryce

“I first discovered there were other races when I first started going to school here.  And discovered there were other types of races.” -Adeola

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