Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

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  • Hi, I'm Chantalia. I was born here, in Boston, Massachusetts, to my two wealthy parents. I attend Harkins Junior High School, and I'm 13. I speak Marathi, a language of India. My two siblings are Clarissa and Chad.
  • Well, school's over. I'm really nervous though, what if April comes after me again? I mean, I still have the bruise from the last time she yelled at me. I don't even do anything to her; it's my parents' fault. Anyways, I have to get to my dad's office: he'll get mad at me again, saying that "they'll" come after me. I don't even know anymore.
  • Chris Khare for Impeachment 2018! #wedontneedanindiansubwayworkerasourmayor #WHITEPEOPLESLIVESMATTERS
  • Well, we're here, at my dad's office. He's the first mayor of Indian descent in Massachusetts. It's why he's gotten so much hate. Probably why I do too. Oh yeah, that banner has been there forever. My dad just lets it be.
  • At the top of my dad's office, there is this really creepy whirligig of some sort, a girl who looks just like I do, but a white girl. I asked my father why he kept it there, in such an odd place. He replied simply with " it helps us stay true to our potential. We are brown people, and we should be proud of it."
  • What my father said really gets me thinking every single day. We all live in a world of racism and discrimination, but we just have to find ourselves and do what we believe is right. For example, I love basketball, and no one is going to stop me from being on the basketball for Harkins because of my race.
  • This whirligig that happened to be at my dad's office helped me understand that race doesn't really matter now. Bostons' residents need to get themselves together and look at the rest of the world. Yes, we are different. ACCEPT THAT! 
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