After reading a piece about Harvard students speaking out against racism and reclaiming their place on campus, students in the Journalism 1 class at McClymonds decided to launch their own photo campaign.
“We want to show that we are educated and don’t just text, tweet, take selfies and post on Instagram,” said Jaden Nixon, a freshman. “We are young, educated black people in West Oakland who go to school in West oakland,” said freshman Dazhane Labat (pictured above) who takes great offense when asked if she eats fried chicken.
The young journalists also mentioned a recent project about race at the University of Michigan, where students used the hashtag #BBUM to talk about discrimination and stereotyping.
” Once I tell people this is all my hair, they assume I’m mixed,” said Hailey King, freshman.
J’Mya Gray-Martinez (above) also highlighted the racist remarks directed at mixed race students — questions about their birthplace and racial identity.