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Why Me?

by: Nikki M., 12th Grade, Booker High School, Sarasota, Florida
teacher: Alyson Evans

If we won't stop racism, who will?

quote by: Stuart M., 8th Grade, Sarasota Middle School, Sarasota, Florida
teacher: Colleen Joiner

Artist Statement

My artwork was made with paint and a Sharpie. It shows a dark-skinned girl surrounded by negative comments she’s heard over her lifetime. The reason I drew this work was because, for years, I have been told these things by people, and I started to believe them, which made me depressed about myself. I’m still struggling to not let those comments enter my belief system, because I know that I am beautiful and worthy. Just drawing this was a big move for me because I have kept this hurt to myself. Embracing our Differences is something I take pride in.