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Your Voice, Your Viewpoint:
An open call for students to
speak out to tell their stories
BY QNS STAFF
Three middle school students and three high school students will
each be awarded a prize of $500 by a panel of Queensborough Community
College students through Your Voice, Your Viewpoint.
Submissions will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 30, and winners
of the prize will be announced on Nov. 6.
Submission can be emailed YourVoiceYourViewpoint@schnepsmedia.
Our latest submission is from Jordan Lindsey of Virginia Commonwealth
University, age 18:
I fi rst experienced racism when I went over my neighbor’s house. I was
about 7 or 8 years old. They were Asian, and I think one of their family
members was over. My brother was already over there, and he asked me
why I had come. I came because I just wanted to come and hang out with
them too. He said their family member (maybe aunt) is racist; she doesn’t
like black people. She looked disgusted when I had come in, and that saddened
me because I was so young and was thinking, “Did I do something?”
I ended up leaving and was confused as to why.
Another instance of racism happened in fi ft h grade. The teacher asked
us all to state an opinion and then to form a line. I remember saying something
along the lines about how I thought country music was not good.
Later, sometime in the library, one of my classmates who was white walks
up to me and says, “Rap music isn’t good.” Mind you in fi ft h grade, I didn’t
listen to rap and I still don’t really care for it. He was basically thinking,
well, because she’s black, she likes rap music. I was very confused aft er he
said that because it didn’t even apply to me. I never realized that he was
racially stereotyping me until years later.