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This Powerful Video Of 12-Year-Olds Talking About Racial Identity Is So Important

"People think I'm supposed to talk 'Ghetto,' whatever that is."

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As part of their Being 12 series, WNYC created this incredibly powerful video of a diverse group of 12-year-olds from New York City schools talking about their racial identity.

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WNYC producer Jennifer Hsu told BuzzFeed that the multimedia project is "about being 12 and how it's one of the hardest, most awkward years of your life."

Lamine worries about how he will be perceived by the police.

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He adds, "If I try and explain to them, they won't listen — and then just start beating me up and doing terrible things to me."

Lydia explains white privilege as "the idea that in your everyday life, you're getting treated differently, and sometimes with more respect, or people just trust you more, or they have certain expectations of you... because you're white."

You can learn more about WNYC's multi-media series by following them on Twitter and Facebook, #being12.

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