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Free Time


Elora Apantaku


When I first started writing this paper, the only point I was trying to make was an unconnected thesis that teaching kids how to swim is fun and black children are surprisingly warm and fun to hug. But the ideas grew. As a biracial individual growing up in America, race unfortunately became a big issue for me as soon as I was old enough to realize it was the most notably different thing about me. But this essay explores how I managed to find a safe haven away from the turmoil in the outside world, where race, as I discovered, means a lot more than it should. And because of recent events on campus, I can only assume American racism isn’t dead, despite many claims after Barack Obama clinched nomination on November 4th. This paper is pertinent because it shows the struggle of one person working a summer job and simultaneously finding freedom, somehow, in our world today.