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Ibi Zoboi @ibizoboi
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Every school & library visit I've done this past year, I have them do this:

1. Raise your hand & wave from side to side if you were born in another country. Now look around.

2. ...if at least one parent was born in another country.

3. ...a grandparent, great-grandparent...
I have them look around the room each time a new set of people raise their hands. I tell them that I'm trying to see if everyone in the room will raise their hand. Most times, yes.
Then I tell them about that one time in a Vegas middle school, three children did not raise their hand. They were Native children.
Often times, there are a few black kids who don't raise their hands. Then I remind everyone in the room about the transatlantic slave trade.
Just a simple exercise to remind young people & the grown ups who teach them that at some point, they had a parent or an ancestor who crossed borders & oceans to be here. Sometimes I get to talk about Ellis Island.
The best part is when immigrant students look back to see that their teachers are also children & grandchildren of immigrants. This small act of visibly claiming an identity among peers & colleagues can be profound.
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