A Heartfelt Plea for Respect

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Aerial view of Taylor Allderdice High School, Pittsburgh, PA — Source: Flickr

Naomi Kitchen, a senior in the Taylor Allderdice High School in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh writing in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle:

I love Pittsburgh’s Jewish community with all of my heart. It is because of this love that I so fervently want us to be better. I ask this for myself and for other Jewish children of color: When you see us in Jewish spaces do not give confused, cold looks. Look at us like we are yours, because we are.

I grew up in Squirrel Hill and graduated from Allderdice. This piece couldn’t have been easy to write and really spoke to me.

Taylor Allderdice High School, Pittsburgh, PA © David H. Enzel, 2012

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