Dear President: I Am Not a Symbol

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Kaitlyn Greenidge  Is the author of ‘We Love You, Charlie Freeman’ and writer whose work has been featured in The New York Times and Elle.com

After being largely ignored in high school, Kaitlyn Greenidge, columnist and author of the novel We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin Books, 2016), was surprised to see that the school had chosen to put her picture on the school catalog. In an essay, Kaitlyn describes realizing her photo was there as a symbol: "It reflected a fantasy of the school into which someone had inserted this image like a prop."