By Alexsis Johnson

Alexsis Johnson is a double major in English and Spanish and Yale University. She desperately wants poor eyesight and in turn, glasses, however, she would settle for a monocle. She adores the ocean, but alas, was boring in Champaign, Illinois. Asi es la vida.


“Do you believe that black students are less intelligent than white students because their parents do not care about them? Raise your hand if you believe this.” I was able to hold back the tears when my fourth grade teacher asked this question. My best friend and first real crush raised his hand with rest of my class and shot me an apologetic glance. During my fourth grade year, the No Child Left Behind act was passed, resulting in a survey of students in my Illinois elementary school to locate and highlight common stereotypes about black people. Stereotypes were read…