Week Two: “Don’t be a statistic”

We’ve all heard the term “Don’t be a statistic”, especially those coming from Black and Latino communities. This always confused me; what part of being Latino meant that I had a better chance of dropping out of high school or getting a girl pregnant? I guess the roots of this are in the actual statistics about our community, which may be the reason my parents have warned me of the reality of things. I am then insisted to not be a statistic as if what I am expected to be, in the eyes of society at least, is nothing more than a criminal. 

We can only hope for a day when the statistics are more favorable but until then I think all of us should take personal initiative to at least make a dent.

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