This story was shared by an NPS parent/caregiver. 

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 text in purple: “I am uncomfortably aware that, even as someone who moves through the world vigilantly looking for how race and power play out in every interaction, my whiteness time and again blinds (not to mention protects) me from seeing the potential impact of countless moments—moments that, for other caregivers and young people, might be full of fear, rage, disappointment, and significance, while being totally invisible to me.”

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 whiteness, race & identity, and hurt & exclusion are emphasized with bright/bold colors and the themes lack of understanding, emotional response, educational challenges, the future, and actions & strategies deemphasized with paler colors.

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