Redefining the south’s reputation for racism.

Lanthe Keller,
Knoxville, TN

I grew up in a small suburb outside of Seattle, WA. I played with and had friends in my class who looked nothing like me and only when moving to the south did I realize I had never seen so many white children. The south has a reputation for racism, it’s nestled in conversations, and, at times, the backbone of relationships. I want to redefine this horrid stigma that has persisted and help others understand that when you are born, based on the color of your skin, you have a societal privilege that no white person will ever be able to understand.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


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