Race

Long way from Togo: Adjustments to America prove difficult for one student

The struggle to make friends and learn English is often a hidden battle for well-meaning international students.

Being Muslim doesn’t have to mean less authenticity as an American teen

What does it mean to grow up with two cultures, two religions and two separate worlds?

Crowning achievement: Leading by example means embracing your true identity

As a young black woman, the crown on Amira Warren’s head symbolizes more than a summer spent on parade floats.

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The race issue: Twin Cities teens open up about daily indignities, personal challenges

They’re not black enough. They speak “Mexican.” They must be overachievers if they’re Chinese … good with computers if they’re Indian … hiding something if they wear a turban. Twin Cities teens have heard it all—and frankly, they’re a bit tired of the pervasive labels.

Race and identity: 'Well then, what are you?'

With help from her parents, Simone Cazares learned to embrace her multiracial heritage at an early age. But it still leads to questions — and a lot of surprise — from peers who are often only convinced by what they see on the surface.

Race and identity: 'You're only pretending'

If you’ve ever moved away from your childhood home, you might know what it’s like to see a familiar place yet feel like you no longer belong.

Race and identity: 'You're not black enough'

What does it mean to be “black?” Deborah Honore reflects on her Ethiopian, Congolese and African-American background, and how stereotypes craft an image of “black” that only perpetuates the negative.

Coloring outside the script lines: Are audiences able to look beyond race for acting roles?

Can Santa Claus be black? Does Cinderella have to be blonde? Amira Warren-Yearby explores how race plays a role in how you view certain book, TV or movie characters.

Drowning out the noise: Musical tastes don’t have to be defined by skin color

If you’re black, you must be into hip-hop and R&B. White kids love rock music. Those are the stereotypes, right? Except for one Somali girl, race and music don’t have to be defined so narrowly.

Mixed results: The challenges of being multiracial go well beyond a checkmark

For young multiracials, identity is a lifelong conversation. Since the data can often be messy, perhaps it’s more important for mixed race people to think about themselves individually rather than categorically.

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