...I was bullied. It's hard for me to say that or acknowledge being made fun of as that, but that's what it was. I luckily wasn't physically bullied, but definitely verbally bullied. It started in 3rd grade, when I moved to NJ from OH and I was the new kid who didn't speak like everyone else. I was put down for being different and not like other black girls at that age. I didn't like the same music, I didn't dance the same way and to this day I still get told I don't act like a typical "black person". I don't act like a typical "black person", I act like me and I'm old enough now to not care what people say about me or let it effect me, but in my line of work with juvenile delinquents, those same comments that come up make me feel like I'm in middle school again and I'd really like to instill in these kids that it's not ok to treat people like that. After watching this film I really feel encouraged to stand up and hold others accountable and empower those who are being put down like I was. At 24yrs old, I think we can make a change for the next generation.
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