“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.