SYOSSET, NY – A local senior is among four students named winners of the annual “Raise Your Voice” essay competition.
The creative writing project led by ERASE Racism emphasizes the importance of teaching students about the impact of racism throughout history.
- Gabriella Pesantez – Hewlett-Woodmere High School in Hewlett
An excerpt from his essay:
“To teach students about the slavery that happened right here on Long Island and use examples like housing discrimination in Levittown and how the red line was a shamefully common practice in our own backyards,” help students realize how discrimination affects people’s futures. If we do not start using concrete examples of the racism that is still very much present here on Long Island, the next generations will never understand how pressing the obstacle is nor will they have the will to change what is deteriorating our society today. ‘hui. “
Each winner receives a $ 500 scholarship through SCOPE Education Services in Smithtown.
ERASE Racism is a Long Island-based civil rights organization that exposes and addresses the
devastating impact of historic and current structural racism, especially in public schools
education and housing.