Syd Robinson, Youth & Program Services Organizer with the ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation, had just completed the “It’s Bigger than Bullying” program for students. One girl approached him and said that images of police brutality against people of color were upsetting to her.
“She told me that as a white person, she didn’t know how to talk about this kind of injustice—she was in a small, mostly white middle school,” Syd explained. “She thought she wasn’t supposed to say anything, because it wasn’t happening to her.”
Syd offered advice, assuring her that her voice mattered and she could make a difference. She said when leaving, “I really needed this. Can I come back next time?”