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.

@16: Brother Ali talks rap roots and racial judgments

The prolific Minneapolis-based rapper is never at a loss for words. Whether converting to Islam or discovering hip-hop, life as a teenager shaped everything Ali stands for today.

My life in east St. Paul: What you learn here shapes who you are, how to get out

“Trust none.” It might not be an original motto only said in east St. Paul, but it’s one that several teenagers swear by on this side of town.

Student voices: What does living in east St. Paul mean to you?

We asked several members of the student council at Johnson High School to share snapshots of their life so readers could see the neighborhood they know and appreciate—through their eyes.

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Search for perfect last name leads to greater discovery

As ThreeSixty writer Freddy McConnell found out, embracing your heritage doesn’t have to mean poaching the “perfect” last name.

It's time to put an end to offensive Native American mascot names

Growing up as a Native American, I didn’t care about the respect others had for my heritage. But as I’ve gotten a bit older, I realize how little respect is present.

Truth and consequences: Struggling with the model minority myth

The pressure to be smart and docile can be too much for Asian Americans, as Diana Lu has discovered during her high school years.

Quick Q&A … with Siddeeqah Shabazz of Pillsbury House Theatre

What’s it like being an actor of color? Siddeeqah Shabazz, an actor and teen programs specialist at Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis, talks about casting issues related to ethnicity.

Race doesn't determine my destiny

Imagine this: You’re a six-year-old, first-generation American whose parents originally came from Liberia, a country in West Africa. Your mother, a fashionista of sorts, attends most of the local Liberian get-togethers. Lucky for you, there’s a Liberian social event that your mom has decided to take you to. You can’t wait for the delicious foods, good music and dancing.

Things do not go as expected.
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Seeing Race Across the Border

When Canadians say that they don’t see race, a black American disagrees.

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Does race still matter?

In this collection of articles, Twin Cities teens describe how race affects them.

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