Although the word “arrested” is scary, the word “inequality” is scarier.
He said I had no place in speaking about important political matters, since I had no real political experience.
His “suspicious” u-turn caught the attention of a local policeman.
I would have positively had a heart attack if I had been told future me would get arrested for civil disobedience while protesting healthcare reform.
The summer between my sophomore year and junior year of high school I had a breast reduction.
As I navigate my role in the world around me, I find myself caught between being an inconvenience and being a bitch.
As I’ve gone through these 25 years of life, I’ve evolved into a strong, willful, independent woman.
I presumed it was easier for the world to see the bubblier side of Aklima and always apologized for anything weird a person of color committed
This past summer, I worked at a restaurant in my neighborhood for a brief amount of time before quitting due to a manager who was abusing his power, disrespecting and harassing his employees.
I was always told that “girls can do anything boys can do.” So why didn’t we see this in our government?
I didn’t think my friends would understand what it was like to be a black kid with a single mom growing up in a white community with a bunch of privileged kids.