In recent months we’ve been saturated with painful, even agonizing, news of controversial police shootings, urban turmoil, and anger-filled standoffs. Underneath it all, it seems, are nagging and remarkably complex issues of race. For many this is the proverbial elephant in the room, although perhaps not the only elephant. But race is not just a broad, abstract political and social issue. For so many, it’s a deeply personal issue, as we hear from 13-year-old Rachael Romain.
Rachael Romain recently completed the 7th grade at the Gordon School in East Providence. She lives with her family in Seekonk, Massachusetts.