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My Fault?
My mother blames me for our family breaking up
author image K.O.'s mother works nights and leaves the writer to take care of her younger siblings at age 11. This leads them into foster care.

When I was 11, my mom started working and I was put in charge of my younger siblings. My mom worked at a restaurant at night and would leave for work around 4 or 5 p.m... [more]

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The Poor Don’t Choose to Be Poor Jazmine connects bell hooks' insights on class and race to what she sees around her and suggests ways for poor people of color to organize. [more]
Trump: A Dangerous Radical Victor points out that likely presidential nominee Donald Trump plays on Americans' fear of ISIS in his attacks on immigrants. But he is an extremist who incites violence. [more]
Not Just a ‘Tomboy Phase’ Chris, born Tia, never liked dressing or acting like a girl. At an LGBTQ meeting, he meets other transgender youth and realizes who he is. [more]
What Do I Owe My Mother? N.V. is let down repeatedly by her mom, before and after she goes into care. As a teen, she realizes she'll never get the mothering she longs for. [more]
My Foster Mother Is a Role Model Ashley loves her foster parents, who are generous, supportive, and open. She interviews her foster mother about raising foster teens, and how foster care could be improved. [more]
Getting My Self Back The author is forced by her mother and stepfather to be the maid and nanny to her younger half-siblings. In kinship care, she's allowed to be a child again. [more]
The Fairest of Them All Jessica experiences racism and internalizes it. A natural hair blog and a growing understanding of society help her see that black is beautiful. [more]
Violence Against Women Hande looks at recent news reports of sexual violence in her home country, Turkey, and explores what's behind men's desire to dominate and control women. [more]
The Long Journey Home The author, born biologically male, never doubts that she's truly female. She travels from Mexico to New York and from bullied boy to confident woman. [more]
The Judge Who Believed Valencia was full of anger from her abusive upbringing and got into a lot of trouble. Some staff wrote her off, but a judge gave her a second chance. [more]
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