“The biggest mistake I made was just thinking that I was a white man,” Adam Z., said.
“That was my biggest mistake.
I’m white and I’m in a white place.
It doesn’t matter what anyone says, it doesn’t change anything.”
The 24-year-old college student, who grew up in the Midwest, said that he never thought about race when he was younger, but now, in his second year at the University of Michigan, he has a different perspective.
“I’ve always been a person of color, but I’ve always known I was different,” he said.
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the few institutions where Z. said he can feel safe and comfortable, and he has made several friends and is excited about his future.
“It’s so amazing to see how much more diverse the university is.
I feel like I’m living in a world that’s more inclusive,” he added.
“I think it’s going to make me a better person.”
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