“Racism and Hate Has No Place Here.”

A Badge Review by Cadettes, Aviana Gonzalez and Sameera Pillai.

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In February of this year, also known as Black History Month, our Troop 20078 in York, PA, completed the “Race and Hate Has No Place Here” Patch. We learned about systemic racism, what it means to be anti-racist, as well as the history of racism and its impact on the world.  

We learned about the first African American Girl Scout leader, Josephine Holloway. She is the reason troops like ours are made of the wonderful colors we are today. 

We learned that racism is a form of discrimination against someone’s race, ethnicity, or religion. This is making fun of another person’s culture, beliefs, and parts of their appearance. However, instead of not tolerating racism, or being non-racist, you can be anti-racism.  

Anti-racism is not only being against racism, but taking proper action against it. This can include educating yourself about systemic racism and pointing out discriminatory behavior against others. Using your voice to address the problem or seeking assistance from a trusted adult to address the problem. Making the world a better place for all and to help others at all times. 

Why should kids our age learn about discrimination and racism? Discrimination and hate are common things that we see in today’s world, regardless of where we are. Racism is not only a problem in the USA but a global one.  

Racism often refers to someone’s race, whether that be the color of their skin or their culture. We also reviewed different types of discrimination  such as how you speak, where you live, who you are attracted too,  how you dress where you work, if you have a disability and so on.   

Learning about racism and discrimination opened up our eyes to ways we can help make a difference in our future. We were also joined by an investigator from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Relations, who reviewed what she did as an investigator and why learning about all of this is important in real life. 

Our Troop received awards from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Relations, signed by the Department Director, as well as shirts recognizing earning the patch. 

The first African American Girl Scout leader, Josephine Holloway was a trailblazer in the history of Girl Scouts. Fun Fact: Holloway established Troop 200, Nashville’s first Black Girl Scout troop! This set a new path for Girl Scouts everywhere regardless of their race and ethnicity. 

Earning this patch was not only inspirational, but also very informing. It made us proud to be in our own skin and to be such a diverse troop.    

15 thoughts on ““Racism and Hate Has No Place Here.”

  • This is wonderful! What a positive approach to educating youth about a social issue that has plaqued our world for too long! Well done, GSA!

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  • Love that this is being taught to this generation of Girl Scouts! As a former Scout, I wish programming like this was a part of what we did. These conversations are so important to start having young and continuing on.

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  • Very well written! This kind of educational experience should be a part of every curriculum. I wish it had when I was young.

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  • This is POWERFUL!!! Thank you all for having these tough conversations with these young leaders! As the effort to create unity amongst everyone continues, I am thankful for the Girl Scouts for taking the time to empower and encourage these young leaders to be the positive change this world so desperately needs!

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  • Amazing thing encouraging conversations and real work around race and equity! thank you Girl Scouts!. :)\

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  • You are putting in the work and minding the details when we as a society say we must combat racism. These are the small steps towards that larger goal, I’ll do my very best to follow your lead. Thank you.

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  • Thank you for having the courage to get this message out there. Change begins with open minds, open hearts, conversations and education.

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  • I enjoyed reading “Racism and Hate Has No Place Here,” by Aviana Gonzales and Sameera Pillai. Thanks to GSHPA for prioritizing anti-racism education and providing a forum for young women to share their ideas. I will do my very best, also, to follow your inspirational example, Aviana and Sameera.

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  • What a great way to build community and cultivate leadership! We need to be intentional about these conversations to help fuel the fight for change. Keep up the great work, Girl Scouts!

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  • I am inspired to see these conversations happening with our next generation. Opening up dialogue that includes our difficult history and the tense present will help us continue to grow in our understanding in the future.

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  • So proud of our girls! Way to be influencers and spread the word about things you are passionate about. This topic needs to be widely shared. Love it girls! Keep pushing forward! Can’t wait to see what you guys do next!

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  • Real change happens with the new generations. This blog was inspiring and I hope it is a message young people are spreading across our country and the world. It is certainly happening in York, PA! Keep it up and keep the blogs coming.

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