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He Hesitated to Call His Skin Black Because He Thought It Was Racist

He was only nine years old and already being muted.

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When I was in student teaching, I had the most amazing little boy as my student. We’ll call him Matt. He was absolutely the most precious and inquisitive nine-year-old boy I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in a long time.




Momentum is a blog that captures and reflects the moment we find ourselves in, one where rampant anti-Black racism is leading to violence, trauma, protest, reflection, sorrow, and more. Momentum doesn’t look away when the news cycle shifts.

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