To Be Black and Brown in America, Tarana Burke
Tarana discusses the importance of empowering young people to raise their voice against the injustices they see around them.
TARANA BURKE: I joined an organization called the 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement when I was 14, and it changed my life. The premise behind 21st Century was that young people have power now and that you can be an organizer in your community now.
I think people really don't understand how invisible it feels to be a black and brown youth in America. Even if we don't have the broader concept and know the reasons why, you have eyes, and you can see the cops coming into your community and sweeping up everybody in the neighborhood. So we know what injustice looks like, but this gave us a tool to speak out against injustice. And that wasn't something that I don't think any of us knew was available to us. So it just changed things.