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 […]
Taylor Smith, Grand Rapids, MI.
Ann Evans Larimore, Ann Arbor, MI.
Adam Paberzs, Ann Arbor, MI. Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan Here are some other 6-word essays that you may use under my name (I know that’s probably breaking the rules – just wanted to share if nothing else). Whiteness. Welcome to the real world. Not who I thought I was. Fear. Guilt. Shame. Courage. […]
Nicholas Durham Clarkson, MI I just want to know when America will realize that not only black people like chicken.
Jean M. Hebrard Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project – University of Michigan
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.
Kate Lee van Loveren, Ann Arbor, MI. I was born in New York, grew up in New York, and live in New York (when I’m not at school). I’m of half Chinese and half Dutch descent, but for some people that registers into me not being American for some reason. Just by looking at me, […]
Alexis Ford Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan As an African American, I have several generalizations placed upon me. Some people just assume who I am. I am rarely asked. While a lot of these assumptions hurt, I know the truth. I know only my own actions and words define me. I […]
Kasey Nichols, Clemmons, NC. I’ve known I’ve been adopted since I can remember and never questioned my ethnicity until I reached middle school age because we had to fill out cards with “check yes if Latino, African American, white or other.” Biologically I’m Mexican and Italian, but I was raised white with my dad being […]
Aya Mimura Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan
Anna Goldstein, Ann Arbor, MI. Understanding Race Project=- University of Michigan
Pierluigi Erbaggio Bloomfield Hills, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan
Mark Moldwin, Ann Arbor, MI. Understanding Race Project University of Michigan
Banen Al-Sheemary Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan
Jillian Manning Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project – University of Michigan I was wrong.
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 […]
Bryce Beckwith Ann Arbor, MI I attended a catholic, all-girls high school in Sacramento, California. Race and diversity were things I had only experienced through informative assemblies. However; the University of Michigan has made those assemblies a daily experience.
Alexandra Naski Ann Arbor, MI
Debbie Taylor, Ann Arbor, MI. My mother passed away on December 14, 2012 of liver cancer at the age of 80 and she spent her last afternoon and night in Ann Arbor Hospice. The staff was loving, kind and professional. One nurse in particular examined my mother with such tenderness and care that I was […]
Maureen Burns, Ann Arbor, MI. Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan I have three lovely granddaughters. We’re all different. It doesn’t matter. We’re family.
Patrick Louis Rankin Kapaau, HI
Christine R. Ann Arbor, MI Before I started dating my “black” boyfriend, I really didn’t think about race very much or the privilege I inherited with my “white” skin. There have been times that people have made rude comments or asked, what I would consider, overtly racist questions upon learning of our interracial relationship. However, […]
William Barr Ann Arbor, MI
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 […]
Jasneet Kaur Palaha, Ann Arbor, MI. University of Michigan. Sikhism, a monotheistic religion from Northern India believes the idea of simplicity, therefore requiring to never cut your hair, along with other requests. Men usually tie their hair neatly in a turban, whereas girls commonly let it down. Wherever we were, my father would be frisked […]
Emma Williams Ann Arbor, MI
Kevin Cai Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan
Tushar Shetty, Ann Arbor, MI. On Location: University of Michigan
Harold Rice, Ann Arbor, MI. On Location: University of Michigan 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 […]
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 […]
LaKeisha Vereen Ann Arbor, MI
Lesli Weston, Ann Arbor, MI. The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes For more interesting conversation about Eleanor Estes and The Hundred Dresses visit: The Back Seat Book Club
Rashad Brown, Detroit, MI.
Gil, Ann Arbor, MI. Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan I believe that discrimination and racist attitudes derives from human nature to be lazy. Because we humans are so lazy, we do not spend the effort and time to learn about the individual but instead, discriminate people by their skin color. This attitude is wrong, […]
Heather Raymond Grand Rapids, MI Understanding Race Project – University of Michigan People say that “blondes have more fun,” but having light hair isn’t what it is cracked up to be. Many times I find myself at the receiving end of stigma when I have a “blonde” moment: dumb, human mistakes blamed on the color […]
Lyzzette Bullock, Phoenix, AZ. Michigan Law.
Sarah Kerson Ann Arbor, MI
Dr. Larry Rowley Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan
Sally Hansen, Grand Rapids, MI.
Adrian Ohmer Ann Arbor, MI University of Michigan Law
Sean Ji, Ann Arbor, 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
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.
Jill Noeh Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project-The University of Michigan Explanation: I’ve found that throughout my life, I have avoided people who look and act differently than me. I grew up in a white neighborhood that was sheltered from people who were different. At first it wasn’t me purposefully trying to avoid these people, […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
Robert Whitley Renaissance High School class of 2013 Detroit, MI