A close friendship leads to an unusual discovery

By Vanessa Agunobi

Anna Bennett (left) and Vanessa Agunobi have lived together for more than a year. (Photo courtesy of Vanessa Agunobi).

Now a story about two UNC students who formed an unusual friendship over the controversial topic of race.

Anna Bennett is a white student who feels passionate about radically educating the white community about privilege and hierarchy. Vanessa Agunobi is a black student who doesn’t agree with some of the radical forms of racial empowerment. But the two found themselves roommates – and later best friends.

Vanessa is a member of our Carolina Connection crew. For Black History Month, she prepared this personal essay about their friendship.

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