KEEP PUTTING YOUR HAND UP

Told at the age of twelve; by her head teacher, that she would amount to nothing more than to work in a sausage factory, placed in remedial class for an extensive portion of her secondary school years, one of only two black children in her class, Dawn became familiar with the face of discrimination and racism.

KEEP PUTTING YOUR HAND UP

Told at the age of twelve; by her head teacher, that she would amount to nothing more than to work in a sausage factory, placed in remedial class for an extensive portion of her secondary school years, one of only two black children in her class, Dawn became familiar with the face of discrimination and racism.

When her English class was asked to write a essay on the title “the day the earth stood still” Dawn eagerly unleashed her extravagant imagination; finally finishing the piece she handed it in to her class teacher. Later that week Dawn was summoned to the front of the class, at which the teacher yelled, “this is what you get when you cheat” holding up Dawn’s essay paper; showing the class the red line she’d drawn through it and the large F she’d written over it. with the laughter of her peers accompanying her back to her seat, Dawn’s head bowed in shame, she hadn’t cheated; she really had written the essay all by herself.

Hanging her head down and fighting back the tears, Dawn noticed the teacher had written something at the bottom right hand corner of her essay, drying her tears she managed to make sense of the scraggy hand writing in red;  “what banana boat do you think I just jump off? You didn’t write this!” Broken, but not crushed, Dawn continued to write and to read every book she could get her hands on. When the onslaught of racism from her teachers became too much for her, instead of going to class; she would hide out in the school library and read to her hearts content.

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