Excerpt from a Career Journal: Thoughts of a 20 Something

In a small discussion group for a course on racism… What were your first experiences recognizing your own racial/ethnic identity? What did you learn about people of racial, socio-economic class, or gender groups other than your own?

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I remember my grandmother’s daily/hourly affirmations of how I was different but still beautiful. The biggest- getting my hair straightened as a child was my first experience as a colored girl. What I learned I learned a good education would promote me to middle class standing.

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