WESTFIELD, NJ — Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis, Minnesota, police officer, a Westfield High School sophomore is taking a stand against racism.
Emily Engel’s method is a sweet one. Engel is selling bags of six homemade chocolate chip cookies for $10 each to raise money for the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“The Southern Poverty Law Center fights bigotry by locating extremist groups, then going on to report them to law enforcement,” Engel said. “They also educate the youth about how it’s not OK to be bigoted, so the next generation knows that racism is not tolerable.”
Engel explained that she had picked this specific organization in honor of her family’s close family friend, Herb Goldstein, who had been a staunch supporter of an activist for the SPLC before he passed away.
“My original goal had been to raise around $500 for the organization, yet after only a week I’ve made $1,900, surpassing my initial goal by a ton,” Engel said.
During the Black Lives Matter movement, many young adults and adolescents have reached out in their communities like Engel because they feel it’s important to speak out against anti-racism and police brutality.
Many students have gone to great lengths to connect to their community and spark potentially uncomfortable, but necessary conversations, to try to make change happen.
“I have the privilege of living as a white woman who doesn’t have to fear going outside or doing simple tasks, but black people don’t have the same luxury,” Engel said. “I wanted to do everything I could to help make a statement.”
To purchase cookies, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with your order, address or the amount you would like to donate. A donation of $10 gets you six homemade chocolate chip cookies. Payment is accepted through Venmo to the username @KatySengel.
Lleyton Beinhaker is a student at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.
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