An IPS Student Speaks About Charlottesville

Current Events & News | 09/11/2017

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I am 11 and a half years old and in the 6th grade. I felt horrible about Charlottesville because I watched someone being beat down by a white person because of the color of their skin. I’ve had three uncles who were killed due to gun violence. Their deaths made me even more angry about the violence in Charlottesville. It makes me feel like we are getting hunted down. I feel like we can’t make too many errors because we are black.

Kids younger than me don’t understand what is going on. But kids my age are upset or confused. I think other young people in the country are mad about what happened in Charlottesville, too. Blacks are being hated just because of the color of our skin!

When I saw the violence in Charlottesville, I wanted to help. But it made me angry, too. I asked my Mom, “If they don’t care about my life then why should I care about theirs?”

But I have the answer now. If others around want to be hateful then I have to care. And I will care!

We can do something to change all this hate. I need to be a part of the change. I need to get involved with the causes to change what is happening. We need to find out what went wrong then be a part of the change.

I want President Trump to be part of the change. But right now, I don’t think he likes people that look like me. I feel endangered because he is the President of the United States and he won’t stand up to hate.

When people are harmed or killed by senseless acts of violence we can keep their memory alive by spreading the word. I have the energy and the heart to help create change, and I will! If I see any unfair treatment around me, I will step in to stop it because everybody deserves rights and everyone deserves FREEDOM.

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