This piece is part of a series of stories that the Living Cities summer 2018 intern cohort is producing surrounding their racial equity journey and summer experience.

At Living Cities, we talk a lot about people and our roles within systems. I recognize that my existence places me in a role within a system. This does not delegitimize the value of my experience; rather, the systems I exist within help shape my story.

This document features a series of personal journal entries I have written throughout the last two years. Introducing each journal entry is a news article headline that aired on the same date that I wrote my entry.

Some entries are in response to the news and the world being broadcast around me. Other entries felt personal and isolated to my own experience. I see now they were connected to an emerging national dialogue as much as an individual one.

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Published: August 15, 2018