Growing up as the minority in my elementary school.

Allison Silva,
Durham, NH

I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts in a good neighborhood but schooling in Boston is a little bit different. To choose schools you needed to fill out a list of your top schools and then enter a lottery. I chose a school just outside of Boston in Roxbury. It became very clear that I stood out in the school but really stood out in first grade when I was the only white student in my class. I was picked on on the bus.

As a first-grader, I didn’t understand why they were singling me out because children of that age don’t fully concept the idea of race. But when my Mom explained to other people that I was picked on because of my race people couldn’t fathom it because I am white. I liked the school that I grew up in because I think that it showed how different everyone can be.


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