By Kinota Braithwaite, Anti-Racism and Anti-Bullying Youth Speaker
My daughter and I were invited to speak at the Japan Alumni Community of U.S. Exchange Programs event in Tokyo. (https://jac-us.org/)
I began my keynote by sharing my personal encounters with racism in Canada and I spoke honestly about the challenges I faced and the resilience it took to overcome discrimination. These experiences served as a reminder that racism and bullying are global issues, that affect individuals in various ways.
One of the most emotional moments was when I discussed the bullying that my daughter, endured at her Japanese elementary school. As a parent, it's never easy to talk about your child's struggles, but I wanted to emphasize the importance of addressing these issues head-on.
We didn't just share the difficulties she faced; we also discussed how we resolved these challenges in a peaceful and positive way.
During the event, my daughter and I read passages from "Mio the Beautiful." The warm applause that followed demonstrated the impact of our story. While my daughter is doing well now, it's crucial to remember that there are still children out there who need support and understanding.
My life's work is dedicated to creating a world where children can go to school and be accepted for who they are, regardless of their background. Together, I believe that we can work towards this vision and ensure that every child feels safe and valued.
Let's Start a Dialogue:
Principals and Teachers, I extend a heartfelt invitation to engage in open conversations. Together, let's address concerns, exchange ideas, and craft experiences that transcend. Let's embark on a journey to enrich minds and create a lasting positive impact on the lives of students.
A Vision for a World Free of Racism and Bullying
You're welcome to connect with me at www.learnwithkinota.com