Michael Bolton , Scottsdale, AZ. Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan Dad Caucasian. lived life in black neighborhood mostly. studied black history–college+leisure. love black culture esp music, classic jazz. slave narratives. am black myself but cannot pass as such. other dad, my partner, black, died. am now single dad, not planned. bringing up son in […]
Marilou Ingles, Romulus, MI. I am American Indian, I grew up in poverty, and I am from the South. I often joke that I received a scholarship to U of M because of my heritage. I do not believe that I would have been admitted based on academia, talent, experience, or personality; I am here […]
Jules M. Marquart, Louisville, KY. In Louisville during the pre-busing 1960s, this “screening” question was based on assumptions and generalizations about race and class. A high school in the West End of the city–African-American (Negro or Black back then) and poor; in the South End–white and red neck; and in the East End–white and privileged.
Sally Hansen, Grand Rapids, MI.
Taylor Smith, Grand Rapids, MI.
Adrian Ohmer Ann Arbor, MI University of Michigan Law
Sean Ji Ann Arbour, MI The reason I said these 6 words is because ever since I came to the U.S at the age of 2 years old, I never really grew up around other Asian people. My hometown is Ypsilanti, Mi, which is really close to Ann Arbor, but much derided by those in […]
Tiffany Kosakowski Grand Rapids, MI I feel like I am constantly walking on egg shells because I am white. I have to be careful how I joke, who I like or dislike, even places I go. It is getting a little tiresome to hear people accuse white people of being racist because they do not […]
Melanie Lindgren Grand Rapids, MI I was living in Florida for about four years. Most of the girls I met down there were rich, spoiled, tan, beautiful girls. My grandparents came here from Latvia towards the end of World War 2 and as such, I have blonde hair and extremely pale skin. I would always […]
Carolyn Rockafelow Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan
Markeisha Miner Detroit, MI
John Petrovski Arlington Heights, IL Class 1983 Law School – Sorry, I’m not a black alumnus, but a strong believer in civil rights and equal rights
Janet Anderson-Davis West Bloomfield, MI University of Michigan Law We need to place less emphasis on race and more on commonality: overcoming daily life challenges with grace.
Lamont Walton Chicago, IL University of Michigan Law
Danielle Carr St Louis, MO University of Michigan Law
Glenn Oliver Detroit, MI University of Michigan Law We have to figure out how to create a society where people are comfortable living and working around people of all races.
James N. Humphries Canton, MI University of Michigan Law NO.
Daniel Varner Detroit, MI The University of Michigan Law
Bob Pickett, Esq. West Orange, NJ University of Michigan Law
Chandra C Davis Decatur, GA University of Michigan Law
Jerome R. Watson Detroit, MI University of Michigan Law
Lisa Martin Belleville, MI University Of Michigan Law
Lyzzette Bullock Phoenix, AZ Michigan Law
Michael McLeod Aurora, CO Michigan Law Alumnus/a
Charmaine Brown Waldorf, MA Thank you for doing this project.
Cynthia Detroit, MI Growing into my African heritage in America, I love to wear my hair how it naturally grows. I get the stares of disapproval but we all must remember i’m not here for your approval. Please, ask before you touch.
Valerie Sathe Brugeman MI
Hassan Hodges Ann Arbor, MI
Bomani Kyasa Detroit, MI We are Designed to Benefit from the Fruits of Our Own Labor. Anti-Life forces structure socio-economic conditions to to turn People and Specific Races into drones via a pernicious objectification process. Living is about pushing or obliterating the boundaries of the imagination; so that, that the Creative Human Spirit can Soar […]
Rianna Johnson-Levy Ann Arbor, MI Your own opinion on race doesn’t matter, how you identify doesn’t matter. Race is all about how others see you and treat you.
Patrick Casey MI Being a white man, from birth, power was bestowed on me. As I did not earn it, I need to acknowledge the unfairness of this birthright in America, and set about the task of sharing this power with others lower on the pyramid.
Patrick Louis Rankin Kapaau, HI
Georgia Ann Arbor, MI Think about it. The building of this country was facilitated by making it ok to destroy or enslave someone who was not white to get what they had or could provide to advance this country. Genocide was committed on a people to get the land. Enslavement was committed to get free […]
Mintii Ann Arbor, MI You ask me my race just to comfort your mind because it’s hard for me to fit in a box. I can say anything to you and it would please your curiosity.
Usha Pasupuleti Ann Arbor, MI
Emily MI Even though your ancestors were called that doesn’t mean you can call others that.
William Barr Ann Arbor, MI
Carl Dunker Grand Rapids, MI I have friends on all sides of this issue, from advocates of a “post racial” society to people who angrily speak out against the “white hipster gentrification.” The way I see it, no matter how things shake out or what the solution to our problems is, we’re going to somehow […]
Marie Lynn Miranda Ann Arbor, MI
Anonymous Ann Arbor, MI The year was 1997. I was part of a small committee selecting MBAs for highly sought-after internships in China. I wasn’t prepared to be tested on my passionate belief that skin color doesn’t matter. But I am white. And when another white colleague said, “this candidate is African American, he might […]
Chaddrick Gallaway Ann Arbor, MI
Eric Brooks Ann Arbor, MI
Sheila Calhoun Ann Arbor, MI I married an anthropologist and truly believe this. Our children have always listed Human on forms when asked.
Cynthia King Ann Arbor, MI
Stephanie Betancourt Ann Arbor, MI I will never give in, and lose a part of me. Not even if you ask “nicely”.
Jessica Mitchell Ann Arbor, MI
Laura Kupe Ann Arbor, MI My parents are originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, I was born in Germany, raised in Luxembourg and Metro-Detroit. I am a German-speaking black American, and people would never make that assumption about me.
Salimah Mohamed Ann Arbor, MI
Jessie Micallef Ann Arbor, MI
Kristen Dunn East Lansing, MI
Pilar Parish Koopman Ann Arbor, MI Amazing Project!
Alisa Rose Ann Arbor, MI I didn’t know that until recently. My aunt found my grandfather’s robes in a trunk when he died. My grandmother was a little embarrassed. The times have changed in my home town–the KKK is not active anymore that I know of. But the town is still less than 2% African […]
Caitlyn Rize Ann Arbor, MI As a waitress on a college campus, the people I work with constantly stereotype their tables before even walking up to them. Oftentimes the other servers will “give their table away” — meaning they don’t want to serve them — to us other servers who give everyone the chance to […]
Thomas Larsen Ann Arbor, MI I have said it over and over, that I actually am not Jewish, but every time I say so they give a start of surprise.
Mary Donaldson Ann Arbor, MI When said out loud, ‘those people’ must be said like something of nasty flavor is on the speaker’s tongue. When I hear people say ‘those people’, I know they are referring to a nameless-faceless group, but have sooo many criticisms they have identified, no less, in vivid detail.
Harold Rice Ann Arbor, MI The University of Michigan has the 8th most international students in the country, which causes all of it’s students to be both accepting and interactive with cultures far different from their own. I came to the university from a town that was 99% white, and I had only one friend […]
Robert Whitley Renaissance High School class of 2013 Detroit, MI
Charles Ransom Ann Arbor, MI
Sister Andrea Dillon Ann Arbor, MI
Kavitha Iyengar Ann Arbor, MI
Courtney Potter, Ann Arbor, MI.
Holly Clegg Ann Arbor, MI Culture makes us who we are; our roots make us who we are. We are defined by our interactions, identified by our achievements. But we are not who we are because of race.
LaKeisha Vereen Ann Arbor, MI
Christy Moeder Ann Arbor, MI While taking a college course, we were challenged to learn about other ethnicities. As well, we were asked to reflect upon ourselves in our views of other cultures and whether we are diverse or not. During this course, I realized I was not a diverse person at all. I have […]
Colleen Seifert Ann Arbor, MI
Suellyn Scarnecchia Ann Arbor, MI We are torn by the competing beliefs that race matters in important ways and that race does not matter at all.
Christopher Rapisarda Ann Arbor, MI
Elizabeth James Ann Arbor, MI Being of mixed ancestry and believing in only one race, human, it’s very difficult to be yourself in a country where determining “who” you are is so closely connected to your ethnicity. I am Elizabeth and that should be enough.
Deanna Y. Cho Ann Arbor, MI
Sam Nola Ypsilanti, MI The (perceived) availability of a support structure with little stigma attached make ‘whiter’ people seem less capable than those who must do on their own. Of course this is only one of many stereotypes, seems like most groups think other groups have it easier.
Ava Dupre Ann Arbor, MI Though I am real with everyone I meet regardless of appearance or origin, my experiences from growing up in a multiracial home often misguides my heart. I identify as a Mexican, White and Black Woman. When I see a white man, I see the absent father of my mother and […]
Emma Williams Ann Arbor, MI
Katie Koziara Ann Arbor, MI
Alejandro L. Zúñiga Sacks Ann Arbor, MI
Zoe Miller Somerville, MA
Sarah Sherman Ann Arbor, MI
Anonymous Ann Arbor, MI The concept of being an “edgewalker” is from Nina Boyd Krebs–it means you can move between cultural traditions and cultural communities with some level of ease, comfort and enjoyment. Being raised in a Black/White family, we talked about and lived race/ethnicity/socio-economics/etc. daily. I know now that this is a blessing as […]
Ann Evans Larimore Ann Arbor, MI
Aliza Hirani Ann Arbor, MI My grandparents often travel from Pakistan to come visit my family once or twice a year. Growing up, my grandma would bring me tubes of “Fair & Lovely” lotion. It is a lotion that apparently bleaches your skin to make it “whiter”. It felt like brown beauty wasn’t good enough. […]
Kate Barald Ann Arbor, MI
Chiyori Ishiyama Ann Arbor, MI
Paula Wishart Ann Arbor, MI
Luciana Aenasoaie Ann Arbor, MI
Rev. Jeffery Harrold Ann Arbor, MI