Opinion: Take the anti-bias survey given to Greenwich 7th-graders ('I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group').

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Editor’s note: The following “I can” anti-bias survey was distributed to seventh-grade students at Western Middle School in Greenwich.

1. I can choose a blemish cover (make up) or bandages in “flesh” color and have them more or less match my skin.

2. I am able to walk through my school and access all classrooms without any difficulty.

3. I do not have to transfer my belongings or schedule my activities between two households.

4. I can easily buy posters, picture books, greeting cards, toys, dolls, etc. featuring people of my culture / ethnicity.

5. If a traffic cop pulls me & my family members over, I can be sure I haven’t been singled out because of my race.

6. I can be pretty sure that if I see someone in places of high authority (in charge & making decisions), it is a person of my gender.

7. I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group.

8. I do not have to fear that my family, friends, or classmates will find out about the gender of my crush or romantic relationships.

9. I can go into any supermarket and find the basic foods which fit with my cultural traditions.

10. I can go into any hairdresser or barber shop and find someone who knows how to cut my type of hair.

11. If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure my family can rent or purchase housing in an area which we can afford and in which I would feel comfortable living.

12. When I am told about our national heritage or about “civilization,” I am shown that people of my color made it what it is.

13. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented positively.

14. I am physically able to join in activities and sports with my friends and classmates.

15. If I get sick, my parents / guardians are able to take me to a doctor or emergency room.

16. If we begin remote school at any point, I am able to complete my work digitally from home on one or more devices.

17. If we begin remote school at any point, I am able to focus only on my work and not have to take care of any other siblings / family members.

18. If I do get COVID-19, I do not have to worry about other health concerns making it extremely dangerous for me.

19. I can use public restrooms without fear of verbal abuse, physical intimidation, or arrest due to my gender identity.

20. People in my community can pronounce my name easily and without either mispronouncing it or dismissing it as not important.

21. I can easily find role models and mentors in my community to look up and open up to who share your identity/identities.

22. I know who my parents are and have constant communication & access to them.

23. I can be confident that the ordinary language of day-to-day existence will always include my gender. (ex: “All men are created equal,” mailman, etc.)

24. I will not be expected to change my name if I get married.

25. I am not taught to fear walking alone after dark in average public spaces.