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Youth Voices: 17 Year-Old Tyler Ivester Nails Unconscious Bias

19 Jun

Tyler Ivester

Tyler Ivester

I’ve known Tyler Ivester’s dad, Kevin, since we went to the same elementary school, and then on to high school together in Waterbury, Connecticut.  Wilby High, in the late 1970’s had a student body that was 40% black, about 10% Hispanic, and 50% white. Kevin and I shared a few classes together over the years, and when we’d see each other dashing through the hallways in between class, it never failed that Kevin would shout out, “hey white girl!”, and I’d return back with, “hey, black boy!” and if we were running up three sets of stairs together to get to English class, we’d repeat our greetings over and over until we reached our destination.  It was our thing, our casual term of endearment for one another. […]