My anti-racism journey began in community college when I took an African American history course with a friend.
This class helped me understand that societies use racism to seize power; using race to justify taking control from another person is a racist act that runs through America’s history.
After transferring to CSUF, I took two Asian American studies classes that also challenged my perception of the world.
Understanding negative portrayals of Asian Americans in the media to strip them of power mixed with unrealistic expectations of being the “model minority” were racist ideas and actions.
Continue reading Makenzie Van Vooren’s journey toward anti-racism.