I am apologetic and filled with sorrow that these feelings of not belonging, based on one’s ethnicity, are still prevalent in today’s society. The United States of America is not living up to the expectations of its Constitution, and have since Charlottesville, taken steps back. We pride ourselves on the freedoms and opportunities this country provides, but as I have grown older, I’m beginning to believe those tales are a hoax. It is unnerving to know that there is a large group of white nationalists who believe their protest are “purifying” society; when in reality, I see complete fear and ignorance in their beliefs. I would agree that these white nationalists look up to Donald Trump, and use his choice of words to perpetuate hateful stereotypes throughout our country. Honestly, I am at a loss on how to change the minds of white nationalists because it seems they just want to repeat history over and over. But I do think there is power in people like you and I who want to lead a good example through peaceful action.
This is a youth-powered social network that was started in 2003 by a group of teachers from local sites of the National Writing Project.
We merged several earlier blogging projects. We have found that there are many advantages to bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class. It's easier for individual students to read and write about their own passions, to connect with other students, comment on each other's work, and create multimedia posts for each other. Further, it's been exciting for us to pool our knowledge about curriculum, connected learning, and digital literacies.
If being part of such a community makes sense to you, we invite you to join us. We welcome all youth and any teacher interested in having students publish online and participate in the give and take of a social network like Youth Voices.