Sure, it’s tough to talk about race.
But it’s a crucial topic. And who better to talk about it than those who will one day lead our nation: today’s teenagers.
That’s the idea behind this year’s 9th annual TEAM Westport Teen Diversity Essay Contest. The Westport Library co-sponsors the event.
The town’s multicultural committee asks:
Why can it be so difficult to talk about race? Trevor Noah, award-winning comedian, writer and television host from South Africa says, “the first thing we have to do in any conversation is figure out what the words mean in the conversation we’re having.”
Here’s the essay prompt:
In 1,000 words or fewer, describe what you would like to explain to people in your community who avoid or struggle with talking about race, or acknowledging system racism, or who apply a “color blind” approach to issues.
The contest is open to anyone in grades 9-12 who lives in Westport, or attends a public or private school here. First prize is $1,000; 2nd is $750, and 3rd is $500.
Click here for full details, and an application form. The deadline is February 25. An awards ceremony is set for April 4, at the Westport Library. Questions? Email email@example.com.