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Destiny Karash-Givens

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The author smiling while standing in front of scenery in Israel

Dear Destiny,

You definitely don’t know this yet, but you are strong, and you are important.

I chose to tell you that first because you may not always feel that way, and I know you don’t right now. As you go through life, you’re going to be looked at as “other” or an “outsider.” I want you to remember this: Keep your head up, especially in school. You’re going to receive hate in every fashion. Cry if you need to; it’s not a sign of weakness, so use it to make you stronger. Your ancestors did not go through their trials and tribulations for you to feel that way, though – so...

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