This story was shared by an NPS student.

Image ID: the background of image 1 is orange (upper one-third) and purple (lower two-thirds), with a large white square with rounded corners overlaying and within that square, this story in purple font: “When I was in 6th grade we were watching a serious movie about people in Africa, and there were a few religious ceremonies in it. When the movie was over, my teacher walked out of the room to print something, and when he did, about 6 or 7 white boys started pounding their chests and making noises like monkeys. They were mocking African culture. Looking back I feel embarrassed that I didn’t stand up and say something.”

Image 2 has the same orange/purple split background, with the white text “STORY THEMES” running up the lower left side and two columns of white boxes (four per column) displaying our eight story themes. Here, the themes “lack of understanding,” “race & identity,” “emotional response,” “and hurt & exclusion” are emphasized with bright/bold colors and the themes “whiteness,” “educational challenges,” “the future,” and “actions & strategies” deemphasized with paler colors.

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