If At The End Of His Speech You Still Think That Mascot ‘Honors’ Him, You’re Still Missing The Point

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There’s been a long-standing debate surrounding sports teams with names and mascots derived from Native American people. Some argue that these names are “paying tribute” or “honoring” Native Americans, but this moving speech from 15-year-old Dahkota Brown sheds much-needed perspective on on how these team names affect students like himself. Still not convinced? Check out […]

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Kids Today Are More Depressed Than They Were During The Great Depression. Here's Why.

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When I first heard about how common it has become for some schools to withhold recess from kids as a disciplinary tool, my heart was heavy. Play is a very important part of childhood. I’m not even sure I realized how important until I heard this man, who makes his living studying play, talk about […]

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Before We Use Certain Words, We Should All Look At These Pictures. They Might Make Us Think Twice.

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It’s not always as easy to see the lasting effects of verbal abuse. Domestic violence, child abuse, and bullying can all leave emotional scars that aren’t visible. These powerful images give us something to think about. WARNING: These images may be too graphic for some people. Read more: http://upworthy.com/before-we-use-certain-words-we-should-all-look-at-these-pictures-they-might-make-us-think-twice

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3 Major Gangs Surround Their House, Yet They Never Lock Their Doors

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We’ve all heard the quote from Hillary Rodham Clinton: “It takes a village.” But what if there is no village? Well, there’s a group of people in Oakland, California, who are creating that village. They live in the House of Peace. Read more: http://upworthy.com/3-major-gangs-surround-their-house-yet-they-never-lock-their-doors

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A Radio Show Spent Time In A School Where Shootings Happen So Often No One Talks About Them Anymore

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Harper High seems like a normal school. But last year, there were 29 shootings. Yep, you read that right. 29. How can kids feel safe enough to learn when they are too busy learning how to stay alive? Guess what else? There’s a good chance you’ve never heard about the Harper High shootings because the […]

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They Executed A Boy About His Age Who Kind Of Looked Like Him. So He Figured Out A Way To Help.

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Sometimes, the things you witness when you’re young change the course of your life forever. Here’s one such story. Read more: http://upworthy.com/they-executed-a-boy-about-his-age-who-kind-of-looked-like-him-so-he-figured-out-a-way-to-help

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How You're Likely Using 1 Of These 3 Reasons To Not Totally Freak Out About Dying Someday

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It’s hard to be aware of our own mortality. I think deep down a lot of us hope there will be a miracle and somehow we’ll stay alive forever. Maybe the solution isn’t finding a cure to death but changing the way we look at it. Read more: http://upworthy.com/3-solutions-to-the-death-problem-no-promises-but-i-think-3-has-potential

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Here's What Happens When You Put A Few Little Kids In A Room With 2 Dolls In 2 Different Colors

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A child in a room with two dolls: one light-skinned, the other dark-skinned. A researcher asking questions. The answers may shock you, but should they really? We know that discrimination and racial stereotypes are still pervasive. What surprised me most about this, though, was that such young children are criticizing their own skin colors so […]

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He Was Asked Why Whiteness Made Him So Uncomfortable. His Response Is Pretty Profound.

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When Adam was 9, he experienced something that changed his life in ways he didn’t even realize. At 2:03, he explains why he grew his hair out and wore matching tracksuits to high school. Then, at 3:06, a professor asks him the question that made him start thinking about what he had been avoiding for […]

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