Thoughts on Identity

My Identity

By Daniel Litwin, TIWP Student My identity is mixed. Everything about me is mixed. Mixing and being mixed has always been, and always will be in me. For those who don’t know, I am half Filipino, half White. I’ve been aware that my skin was tan since I was little, when I fell and scrapedContinue reading “My Identity”

Reaction

By Aly Kirke, TIWP Student A man has died.The people choose a side. The streets swarm.Racists unite in uniform. Hands up, don’t shoot!But how will cops keep us under their boot? Buildings burn.The people start to learn. Bullets fire.Flames rise higher. George Floyd, a black man, was killed.The people raise their fists, strong willed.

Respect

By Maya Hanck, TIWP College Program “We socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language.” — Audre Lorde From a young age, we are taught to be quiet and cautious, polite and ladylike, and unproblematic and soft-spoken. From a young age, we are ingrained with the notion that we are to fearContinue reading “Respect”

Ocean of Voices

By Caroline Hesby, TIWP Student Sometimes those with the loudest voices have the most empty space in their hearts. They yell and with their shrill screams they pierce your ears until they ring, their ideas laced with selfishness and ignorance.  They wash out the voices that have not been acclimated yet to the battles ofContinue reading “Ocean of Voices”

Who Am I?

By Audrey Lambert, TIWP Student Who am I?Am I a human being?A name?A face?Am I gender?A sexuality?A skin color?A race?A creed?An ethnicity?Another bump in my ancestral line?Am I a reflection of the location of which I live in?A product of my country?Am I a number on a scale?A pencil mark on the door frame?Am IContinue reading “Who Am I?”

Identity

By Ben Davis, TIWP Student My identity? Well, I don’t really know. I mean I go to a much better school than most, live in a safer neighborhood than most. So I’m more privileged than most, which defines me I suppose. I mean, I’m certainly empathetic to everything, sometimes too much at times, but IContinue reading “Identity”

Inequality

By Jonathan Hagendoorn, TIWP Student There are many different types of people on Earth, each with their own spot in the world. Everyone has different opinions and interests pertaining to what they want to do, and each individual will have their own successes‒or failures‒throughout their life. Often, though, it turns out that the powerful, theContinue reading “Inequality”

Silver Linings

By Sophie Corbett, TIWP Student, College Program Right now we are in the midst of a global pandemic and a war on racial inequality. People are suffering, dying, and angry. However, these challenging times have created an interesting dichotomy. While the world seems to be erupting into chaos there is also a sense of peaceContinue reading “Silver Linings”

I Can

By Rebecca Gunderson, TIWP Student “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way” –Martin Luther King, Jr. If I cannot make immediate change, I can protest. I can make signs. I can wear a mask. I can march alongside the black community in solidarity. If I cannot takeContinue reading “I Can”

Counterfeit

By Maya Hanck, TIWP College Program “Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you’ve always dreamed of.” — Sophia Amoruso I’ve never been the type of person who knows exactly what career path she wants to take or even what field she wants to work in. On the contrary, I’ve always known what I don’tContinue reading “Counterfeit”

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