As we delved into the issue of Identity, we got an influx of ideas, ranging from sexual identity to politics. It became apparent later in the planning that our staff was lacking a vastly important piece of identity; we have articles on gender, antisemitism, and intelligence, but we lacked any articles on race.
Race can be an uncomfortable topic for most of us, but that’s exactly the reason we should talk about it. No change comes from comfort. We could have published another white opinion on the White bubble of Marin. We could have written how that affects our identity, but that just feels depressingly repetitive.
We decided to reach out beyond ourselves to students of color in the school, and ask a few to write in. What follows is their experiences with race and how it relates to their identity, as both people and as students of Drake High.