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Sophie Jaeger ‘Greenwich is not diverse’

May 20, 2019

Editor’s note: Greenwich High School freshman Sophie Jaeger won third place in the Alma Rutgers Defining Diversity Writing Contest, run by the Greenwich First Selectman’s Diversity Advisory Committee. This is her winning entry:

Greenwich is not diverse;

Tell that to the girl wearing a hijab,

Say that to the boy speaking Spanish,

Mention that to the family living in low-income housing.

Greenwich has no real culture:

Hedge Fund heaven,

Rich kids wearing Rolexes,

Mansions with manicured lawns.

Those who deny the true story fault no one but themselves;

They cheat themselves of hearing the cacophony of different stories;

They forsake seeing the ornate tapestry of different cultures woven together.

Greenwich isn’t all peaches and cream;

Not everyone is living on easy street;

Not everyone is living the dream;

Not everyone everyone’s life is sweet.

Although some of Greenwich’s residents are Caucasian millionaires living in their mansions,

Greenwich is also teeming with hardworking, impoverished immigrants.

The Muslim girl with the hijab:

Her parents escaped terrorism in Syria.

The boy speaking Spanish:

His mother works day and night to keep a roof over his head.

The family in low-income housing:

The parents got laid off and have been suffering ever since.

When someone tells you that Greenwich is not diverse ...

Tell the stories,

Show them the tapestry,

Enlighten them with the truth.

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