“You shouldn’t have to be a model student to avoid being body slammed by a school officer.”
Other people’s accomplishments don’t have to dictate my own.
Being “well-spoken” and “acting white” doesn’t protect me.
Sometimes a conversation just doesn’t need your input.
Plus safe-spaces, laughing with Cecily Strong, and the man who punched a bear.
I was never the girl in that Weezer song.
You don’t have to understand what it’s like to be me.
Unlearning my own anti-blackness.
How to critique offensive behavior or speech without totally losing it.
Being “thick-skinned” doesn’t mean bottling things up.
October’s theme is CAST OF CHARACTERS. Here’s what kinds of submissions we’re looking for, plus info on how to send us your work. ✴
Rookie is an online magazine and book series for teenagers. Each month, a different editorial theme drives the writing, photography, and artwork that we publish. Learn more about us here, and find out how to submit your work here!