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  • Opinion > Discrimination
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    “So where are you from?” asks the girl, in a cloying, faux-interested voice. I am prepared for this conversation. It inexorably reoccurs anytime I am around an especially audacious white stranger. “California,” I mutter, knowing that isn’t the answer she is looking for. “No, where...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    You wake in the darkness, eyes closed, vision blurry The world is beautiful and wholly painted in soft contours and indistinct shades of dark and light Today is your birthday You hope--so much--for a fresh start We all do. The promise of a new year washes over you a baptism of wis...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    you left behind a mass of blankets amidst the remains of your baby clothes a cocoon of which you were queen but when I unraveled the blankets, there were spiders and a dent in the down where you'd laid your head I remember we used to build forts out of the thin sheets and paint dropcl...
  • Nonfiction > Academic
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    Fear is strong. It drives men to madness and can shock others into sanity. Strong leaders often rise in times of terror, sometimes out of necessity. Authority figures generate and utilize fear. It is the foundation for any government that fulfills its core purpose of keeping its citizens loyal and f...
  • Nonfiction > Memoir
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    At the tender age of five, I was on the cusp of entering into the school system. Like a diver perched on the edge of a board, I was filled with anticipation, excitement, and anxiety. I rushed my mother through the enrollment papers for kindergarten. She found herself saddled with an extra piece of p...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    America is not a melting pot Individual colors shine through Black and white brown and yellow racism and discrimination condensed to terms a four year old could understand if we were melted together we wouldn’t even have labels we’re more of a salad parts of different wholes divided ...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I learned to love by sleeping naked in the dark by myself Nobody would tell me that I was beautiful on the flipside of my elbow I had to discover that on my own as I groped in my closed-eye blindness for something comforting and found that in shared vulnerability of elbow and mind we coul...

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