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A boy in America explains to a girl on the other side of the globe how racism feels.

When a kid in America was shot by the police, she heard about it from across the globe.

A boy in America explains to a girl on the other side of the globe how racism feels.

The schools these kids go to every day have metal detectors.

Every kid has to wake up and be reminded of the obstacles they face the second they arrive to class.


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In spite of that, they still kick butt every day, making and telling and hearing stories of the world that 10 years ago they wouldn't have had the opportunity to be exposed to.

This amazing bunch of kids in Philadelphia are blessed with having an awesome mentor who wants to connect them with the world.

Sannii Crespina-Flores runs the Do Remember Me Project, which helps kids from Philadelphia, New York, Tanzania, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Paris, and Kazakhstan connect with each other and discover that their worlds are not as different as one might think.

She guides them to ask real questions and learn about what separates us and what unites us.

And they get real.

The program connects them to others and shows them a view of the world very different from the mainstream.

Their conversations make the world more accessible to them and spread empathy, kindness, and understanding.

One student connects with a group of youths in Lagos, Nigeria.

This short documentary will take 10 minutes of your time and asks some interesting questions.

At 4:00, a girl from across the globe asks, "Have you experienced racism?"

"Yes" says 12-year-old Nasir and tells a story that's pretty gut-wrenching.

At 7:11, some kids from France ask, "Where are you from?" and get confused when the kids' answers aren't a country in Africa.

These are powerful moments — among many — that remind us that we are all human, together and connected.

It's worth your time:

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In 1945, the world had just endured the bloodiest war in history. World leaders were determined to not repeat the mistakes of the past. They wanted to build a better future, one free from the "scourge of war" so they signed the UN Charter — creating a global organization of nations that could deter and repel aggressors, mediate conflicts and broker armistices, and ensure collective progress.

Over the following 75 years, the UN played an essential role in preventing, mitigating or resolving conflicts all over the world. It faced new challenges and new threats — including the spread of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, a Cold War and brutal civil wars, transnational terrorism and genocides. Today, the UN faces new tensions: shifting and more hostile geopolitics, digital weaponization, a global pandemic, and more.

This slideshow shows how the UN has worked to build peace and security around the world:

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Malians wait in line at a free clinic run by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Mission in Mali in 2014. Over their 75 year history, UN peacekeepers have deployed around the world in military and nonmilitary roles as they work towards human security and peace. Here's a look back at their history.

Photo credit: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

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Artist Tom Ward has used his incredible illustration techniques to give us some new perspective on modern life through popular Disney characters. "Disney characters are so iconic that I thought transporting them to our modern world could help us see it through new eyes," he told The Metro.

Tom says he wanted to bring to life "the times we live in and communicate topical issues in a relatable way."

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It's a lot. And it's a lot more now that we're also dealing with the daily existential dread of a global pandemic, social unrest, political upheaval, and increasingly intense natural disasters.

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Schools often have to walk a fine line when it comes to parental complaints. Diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and preferences for what kids see and hear will always mean that schools can't please everyone all the time, so educators have to discern what's best for the whole, broad spectrum of kids in their care.

Sometimes, what's best is hard to discern. Sometimes it's absolutely not.

Such was the case this week when a parent at a St. Louis elementary school complained in a Facebook group about a book that was read to her 7-year-old. The parent wrote:

"Anyone else check out the read a loud book on Canvas for 2nd grade today? Ron's Big Mission was the book that was read out loud to my 7 year old. I caught this after she watched it bc I was working with my 3rd grader. I have called my daughters school. Parents, we have to preview what we are letting the kids see on there."

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