“When the Foundation was doing the promotional videos for all the camps, they had this cameraman going around to take footage for the video. I noticed he was kind of following me around. At first, I didn’t think much of it because obviously his job was to get candid videos of the campers—until I would look over my shoulder and there he was, often. I felt like I was just being used as the token Black kid to show that the camp is diverse. It was really uncomfortable. I wondered if anyone else had noticed—that also made me extremely uncomfortable. I was supposed to be carefree at camp and then I had to deal with this man wanting to follow my every move. I normalized it because stuff like that happens to me all the time at home, going to a PWI [predominantly white institution], and other groups I’m a part of. I’m used to making them look good and feel better about themselves. I can’t really say that I’m surprised it happened at camp, too, but it almost started to burst my camper bubble, a constant reminder that I’m going to have to deal with race issues even at camp.“
—Aloha Camper, 2017
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