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Leila El Alam

Leila El Alam is a tenth grader at Phillips Academy in Massachusetts.

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Where Are You From? - When Dinner Pleasantries Turn Into Microaggressions

When Dinner Pleasantries Turn Into Microaggressions

Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce: the all-American meal. It was “Parents Weekend” at my high school, and hundreds of families crowded into the rec center, chatting cheerfully while enjoying the traditional Thanksgiving feast. I sat at a table with a few friends and their parents. One mom turned to me and asked, “So, …

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