At Black Academy of Arts and Letters camp, talk turns to race | Dallas Morning News

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Teenage girls chatter in a dressing room about the new musical coming to the Black Academy of Arts and Letters theater. The mood switches when conversation turns to the viral video of a McKinney pool party where a police officer dragged down a barefoot, bikini-clad 15-year-old girl.

The majority of police officers have kids, said Camryn Jennings, a 14-year-old with a soft voice and a laser focus. “They wouldn’t want any other person to basically abuse their children and get away with it.”

Camryn’s mother is black. Her father is white. An uncle is a police officer. Race and policing come bundled in her family. Camryn worries that what she saw on the video will make other children feel like “they aren’t worth anything.”

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