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These Photos of Kids Protesting Systemic Racism Will Give You Hope for the Future Mona, Madison, Xavier, and others hit New York City streets and made their voices heard.

Photos by Ximena NateraJuly 12, 2020

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As protests against systemic racism swept through the boroughs of New York City earlier this summer, Brooklyn-based photographer Ximena Natera looked for a different perspective. She found it by going low, literally—focusing on the youngest voices trying to be heard at the marches.

Using a small portable backdrop, Natera set up on June 9 at the large children’s march outside the Brooklyn Public Library, where, she says, “dozens of kids occupied a miniature podium.” From there, several kids took turns giving speeches. Natera says that one of the children, Christalina, “promised that in order to stop the violence against black children, she would become ‘a teacher and a cop and the president.’” Another speaker that dnedy, implored everyone at the march to help defeat COVID-19 by wearing a mask.

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