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In the News (Daily Gazette 02/11/18): Restorative circle opens door to talk about race
Posted on 02/12/2018
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Katiyana Wilson, a Schenectady High School sophomore, is comfortable in her skin. But it’s not always been that way.

Ever since kindergarten, she said, she has been teased, bullied and attacked because of the color of her skin. When she won a science fair as a student in Massachusetts, other kids questioned how it was possible she had beat the rest of them. In Schenectady, she said, she has been called the N-word and teased because of her lips and accent.

“I’m black, everyone sees that I’m black,” she said during a group discussion on race Friday morning at the high school. “I have big lips, I have the nose, I have the eyes. Underneath this 18-inch-Brazilian-lace front, I have an Afro.”

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