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Counting Race

I was born in 1995. I lived in South Burlington, Vermont until I was 10 and then moved to Jacksonville, Florida. I identify myself as white.

My first real encounter with racism was when I was 11. The middle school I attended was part of the magnet program. My parents were reading off statistics of what percent of the school was white, what percent of the school was black, what percent was Asian and other. I didn't understand the significance of dividing the student population into percentages by race. I still don't fully understand the relevance of those statistics for a classroom setting.