The Race Card Project By Michele Norris Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:17:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Do I look like a Twinkie? Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:11:52 +0000 IMG_2244-2Jacob Tanes,
Durham, NC.

A stereotype that people call the Asian race is Twinkie because Twinkies are yellow on the outside and white on the inside.

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Now we can talk about race Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:10:03 +0000 Gary Seven
Nashville, TN

All during the election season, conservatives were claiming that President Obama did nothing to unify the country about issues of race, (as if he were capable of, and was singularly responsible for doing so by himself.) Their claim was that he was the most divisive president in history when in fact that whole regrettable episode served to highlight their own inherent racism, especially within the tea party and Fox news, (which they would both quickly and ineptly deny.)
We’ve come a long way as a country…From this “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty“…to this…“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.“ I submit to you that we are forced to accept that there is both overt and covert racism in this country. Only then we can finally begin a discussion about something that does in fact exist, rather than desperately trying to deny something that is so powerful, as to insist that it is a figment of our collective imaginations.

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In the 1980’s racism underwent Huxtablization. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:52:25 +0000 Nico_BellyKissDoug,
Brooklyn, NY

Racism prior to the Civil Rights Era stemmed from Whites thinking Blacks should be different. Today, it stems from Whites thinking Blacks should be the same.

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White in Hawaii; Black in Alabama Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:40:42 +0000 Patrick Lawrence,
Chandler, AZ.

Growing up white in Hawaii during the seventy’s the color of my skin gave 85% of the population an excuse to hate and attack me daily.

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Learn, feel, reflect, act, reflect. Repeat. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:14:55 +0000 IMG_20131213_171636-Version-2Mariela Barriga,
Seattle, WA.

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Q: Where are YOU from? A: Here. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:13:00 +0000 Lorena
San Diego, CA

I’m multiracial and live in a very ethnically diverse city, but I was still asked this question SO. MANY. TIMES. growing up. I never realized how ignorant and rude of a question it was until I became an adult. I can only hope no one asks my son this question. Because, really, the answer is simple: here.

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Finally realizing it’s my problem too Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:06:30 +0000 S. Li
Durham, NC

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No, I am not the nanny. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:05:58 +0000 20130406_110235Liliane Dizon,
Tampa, FL.

Each time I have been pregnant, people (mostly white women) have said the rudest things to me. Most recently, as my daughters were standing next to me, a woman said “You must be excited to finally have one of your own!” I asked her to clarify what she meant. She pointed to my girls and said, “Now you don’t have to adopt anymore.”

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If you’re Dominican, then you’re Haitian! Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:02:35 +0000 image2Jessica Carmona,
Fort Lauderdale, FL.

People always insist on the fact that because I am from the Dominican Republic I’m Haitian. No. I don’t think this is so because I don’t follow any of the Haitian customs and I’ve never even been there. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with being Haitian it’s just that I consider myself a Dominican, someone of various mixed races. I like to say that I am multiracial because that’s exactly what Dominicans are. And that is what I am!

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What do you mean “White Latino?” Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:00:27 +0000 Andrea_headshot72Andrea Fabiola Vazquez,
Ridgefield, CT.

I grew up in Ohio, but both of my parents are from Mexico. I speak Spanish, most of my extended family lives in Mexico, and I identify very much as a Mexican American. Still, when people ask me where my family is from—and people as me this a lot—they are always surprised to learn that I’m Mexican, and often comment that I don’t look Mexican. Really? I think I look very Mexican, and when I go to Mexico I see a lot of people that look like me. Then I realized that people are surprised because I’m White. Now, when people say “But, you don’t look Mexican,” I’m very up front and say it’s probably because I’m White, and then I remind them that Mexico was colonized by White Europeans, just like the United States. Perhaps if schools in America actually taught the history of the Americas—before and after Columbus—there would be a lot less confusion about why there are so many White people in Latin America!

I think there is also a lot of confusion in how to use terms like “Latino” or “Hispanic.” For me, these terms do not denote race, just as the term “American” does not denote race. Rather, Latino refers to a shared ethnicity: similarities in language, religion, food, values, etc. that unite societies of the Western Hemisphere once colonized by the Iberian Peninsula under the rule and patronage of the Holy Roman Empire. So Latinos can be White, Black, Indigenous American, Mestizo, Mulatto, Asian (another confusing term), multi-racial…

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Prejudice is rampant in rural America. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:03:55 +0000 Robert Pond
Hebron, OH

I witness it firsthand every day.

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My constant companion; good, bad, unrelenting Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:08:31 +0000 Michael Miller,

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No 2 people are exactly alike Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:50:19 +0000 Christina-hillSubmitted via Twitter:  @caitlinchris

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Love being black, mangoes, drumming, tropics. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:38:34 +0000 Jeanette Ju-Pierre
Westminster, England

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Discovering others judgments after finding love. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:01:45 +0000 IMG_8076Lauren Bing,
North Canton, OH.

A little over two years ago, my eyes were opened to the unspoken opinions of the people closest to me. I met a guy who had such a great personality, we got along so well and he treated me like I deserved nothing less than being treated right. I couldn’t have been happier…until I started telling other people about my happiness. It started with some of my closest friends. It was a normal conversation telling your friends about your latest crush and showing them a picture. I couldn’t stop smiling until one of my friends made the comment, “thats nice but you can’t date him.” I sat there for a second then asked why? She simply said, “because he’s black.” At that moment my views shifted. I responded by saying “what matters what color he is if he treats me right?” She had nothing to say. She pointed out one thing that I hadn’t even thought twice about. I tried to let it go and still be happy. Then once I told my family I was taken by surprise again. My parents responded the worst. I couldn’t have been more shocked. I soon reverted inward and told no one about him. This took a toll on our relationship but we still chose to fight through their judgments. After months of keeping my personal life separate from my family I chose to speak up against their narrow views. I convinced my parents to meet him before continuing to judge him and they agreed. It didn’t happen overnight but they soon let their guards down and got to know him. It has been over two years and were still together. My family loves him and I can’t go anywhere without them asking about him. I wonder what would’ve happened if I never stood up for what I wanted. I am proud that I was able to change my family’s harsh misguided judgments while keeping my happiness.

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I wish “white” wasn’t a race. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:00:35 +0000 IMAG1362Eirann Betka,
Grand Rapids, MI.

I wish white wasn’t a race.
Because where does that mean I come from?
I am given five options of classifications to choose from. Five checkboxes. None of which correctly identify my origin, and of all of them, white seems vague and without a home. Where is white? How can I tell you stories of heritages rooted in white?

I can take a map and point out where American Indians and, even more specifically, Alaskan Natives established themselves. The descendants of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders have an identifiable history; and although they are large regions, generations of civilizations have called Asia and Africa home.
Hi. My name is Eirann. My ancestors come from…white.
I used to be afraid to recognize the differences in race. I held the migration of humanity as my world view, accepting everyone as uniquely coming from the same place. As I begin to truly understand the need for individuals to express themselves in order to find commonalities with one another, I can acknowledge that I really do see color. I just have yet to see the same color twice. It seems to be that on surveys, applications, forms and censuses, the choices are white, and other races that aren’t painted white. I started skipping over these checkboxes.
Do other countries define race in another way? Do they identify other races, because, maybe one of those would suit me better than white. And which of the classified races settled on these checkboxes, anyway? The more I pay attention to race, the more questions I raise.
I would, personally, appreciate some more checkboxes. As many checkboxes as there cultures and genetic traits and colors of people.
Hi. My name is Eirann. My ancestors come from Ireland, Bohemia, Germany, Poland, and so many other places in so many other times. I a story of the whole world in my hand. I haven’t decoded my genome, but I assure you, my molecules are made of the same organic energy as anyone else’s. And the color of my skin can be made by mixing two parts water, one part sand, one part soil, and a sprinkle of dust blended into part of the sky found just between the pink and orange horizons of the sunset. I am not white, and I wish white wasn’t a race.

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I wonder what happened to integration? Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:55:54 +0000 Doug Mitchell,
Washington, DC.

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Embrace texture, human experience. Ignite destiny. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:50:27 +0000 idegrafffash-936Daniel Brashear,
Calvert City, KY.

We are all human, a priceless treasure. As Tanya Shaffer writes in “The Fourth Messenger”: “Look to the thought, for thoughts lead to words. Look to the word, for words lead to action. Look to the action, for actions lead to habits. Habits lead to character. Character becomes destiny. May our thoughts be clean. May our words be kind, our actions looked at, our habits wise, [our] character be true, [our] destinies be joyful, for from the tiny seed of thought, the thicket of existence grows.” Let love and understanding be our guides; let us follow them and ignite a brighter future. [Photo Credit: Ian Degraff]

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I’m not adopted! I’m mixed-race. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:37:09 +0000 11045424_10204051396539276_7619853027258896986_nJulie Taeko,
San Francisco, CA.

Writing a book called “Good Morning, Mixed-Race America!” to highlight the stories of 12 mixed-race individuals who are part-Asian, millenials and loving life! Checking All the Boxes & Embracing Our Own Unique Multi-Cultural Identity.

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I love being Black, I Belong Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:30:11 +0000 Myles Browne,
Newtown, PA.

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Roots. Rhyme. Family Time. Future Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:16:58 +0000 Mary Knereck

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Is it race (because) we’re always running Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:10:50 +0000 Bill Zepf

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Not White! I will choose Purple! Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:13:47 +0000 Jeanne L,
Little Falls, MN.

I don’t care if you are white, black, brown, yellow, red, purple or green we all bleed the same color, we all breath the same air, we all look up at the same sky. So why must we focus so much on our differences instead of focusing on our similarities.

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Is the ticket together or separate? Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:42:00 +0000 DSCN0258Taylor Norman,
Norman, OK.

White man. Black woman. Two babies that look in between. People never really think before they speak when they see my family together. For some reason they can’t deduce that my mother is married to my father and my sister and I are their two girls. Instead their eyes only see color. Brown goes with brown so the children go with the woman and the man is on his own. This has always seemed to hurt my dad more than my mom. People look at him as the pervert. The thing in the puzzle that doesn’t belong. When I held his hand in public people whispered and the situation tensed but I never cared. Here’s to hoping that interracial couples will stop being an oddity so families can enjoy outings in peace and not have to make clear that, “Yes, the ticket is together.”

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Race’s Reality and Historical Legacy Matter Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:37:30 +0000 Gabriel Rossi,
Jersey City, NJ.

As a white male I want to learn about the realities people from all nations experience in the United States and around the world. I hope to do this by listening and educating myself through building relationships. I believe walking with and having real relationships with people who have different realities than me will inform my own understanding on the complex issue of race. This will hopefully form the way I treat others and hopefully transform the structures in society that perpetuate injustice.

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My friends aren’t chosen by race. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:35:44 +0000 PictureMeg Nicknish,
Davenport, IA.

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Black Woman Who Loves to Swim! Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:10:54 +0000 Eb,
Rowlett, TX.

I am a black woman and I am already missing the summertime. I love to go to a local swimming pool (and yes I will get my hair wet!) in the middle of a Texas summer. I have a naturally kinky, curly and thick afro and there is nothing relaxing on a hot day than a swim. I love my hair as much as the next woman but I have always had the mentality that my hair will not keep me from doing anything I want to do.

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She will never have a quinceanera Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:56:19 +0000 Alicia Villa,
Spokane, WA.

photo (7)Collected from The Race Card Project,
Spokane Falls Community College

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Black Vietnamese. Speak spanish. Eat rice. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:50:43 +0000 Abigail-HL12-togetherHao Nguyen,
Durham, NC.

I wanted to say…
Black Vietnamese. Speak english, spanish, vietnamese. Eat suong kho, pho, and corn dogs.

Words that describe my mixed race/heritage children. Having to choose only 6 words, I had to put them in order of words that most describe them. Having to choose what comes first — black or vietnamese–which describes them more… was a hard task. I can only imagine how hard it will be for my children when society forces them to choose.

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Looks white. Is black. Hilarity ensues Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:07:17 +0000 twit_pic_for_meMat Johnson,
Submitted via Twitter: ‏@mat_johnson

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No thanks man, I speak English Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:04:38 +0000 Manny DeVera,
Gurnee, IL.

A couple of my friends and I (all Filipino) were in San Francisco at the Golden Gate Bridge taking pictures when a white guy came up to us and said in HIS best impression of an Asian person ” You want me take picture” while making a camera motion with his hands to which I replied in PERFECT ENGLISH “No thanks man, and I speak English” and he ended up walking away with a super embarrassed look on his face. I’m not ridiculing him or anyone else who has done this but I just wanted to remind people that you shouldn’t just assume that people don’t speak English be considerate of the other person or peoples feelings.

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Don’t Bring Home That White Boy Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:03:18 +0000 photo-1 (1)Scotsia Daniels,
Durham, NC.

I have always heard people that look like me say to young black females, “don’t bring home that white boy.”

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I am, am I, truly Canadian? Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:02:10 +0000 Yosh Kasuga,

Canada has the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and embraces multiculturalism on the surface and yet I wonder why as someone born in Canada…I don’t always feel as Canadian as the white Canadian. Why do people ask me where I am from? or where my parents are from? …really from? While no one asks my white friends the same question.

If culture evolves, as I believe it does… my question is when do my parent’s ethnic customs and other customs of other ethnicities become accepted as part of Canadian culture…or will Canadian culture only be associated with first immigrants of French and English origin?
If I don’t enjoy Hockey, Poutine, beaver tails or maple Syrup…does that make me less Canadian?

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I’m not colored I’m an American Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:59:54 +0000 big24Ralph Brown (Coach~B :)),
Dallas, TX.

My six words are in response to these six words: “We don’t allow colored in here” which were said to me on March 19, 1963 by a young female movie ticket clerk at the Majestic Theater in Dallas, Texas. I was attempting to see the world premiere of “How The West Was Won” but was rejected because of the color of my skin. I’m from New York, and was in the process of traveling across the country from southern California. It was the first time that institutionalized racism confronted me face-to-face, but sadly enough, it would not be the last!! Two years later, as a member of the USAF, I volunteered to go to Vietnam!

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Six Words are just not enough Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:59:11 +0000 Jonathan,
Gurnee, IL.

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But, sometimes I have racist thoughts. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:57:00 +0000 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADale F. Klco,
Hobe Sound, FL

I don’t try to be or even want to be a racist. But, sometimes (much more often than you might think) those thoughts just “happen”. It’s like a reaction instead of something thoughtful.

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You’re Pretty, For a BLACK girl. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:56:52 +0000 Courtney,
Moore, OK.

I am told this quite offten and it makes my heart ache, not because I let it bother me personally, beause I don’t. But for the other black women and young ladies that are told the same thing and don’t have the courage to say that I am a beautiful black women, not pretty for a black women. We will always have hate and inequality in this world, as long as we have ignorance. And we will always have ignorance in this world, as long as we are willing to keep our mouths shut and let things be.

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But Your Not Really Black Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:53:24 +0000 Damme Getachew,
Seattle, WA.

My parents are from Ethiopia and so I self-identify as Ethiopian. I’m frequently asked “Where are you from?” as if being a person of color means that I was born somewhere other than the United States. Aren’t we past that?

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Black-white man; white black man Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:50:37 +0000 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKirl T. Lawson,
Oakland, CA.

I have so many tales to share about my experience with my color (or lack of “definitive color recognition”). growing up in Chicago, I was called “a white n*****” by friends at times w/ affection and at times derisively. Initially the appellation hurt my feelings until I took an objective look at myself in the mirror. Years later and moving to San Francisco and working at city hall, a female constituent asking for me but not remembering my name, described me as “he is either a “black white-man” or a “white black-man”. Hearing that relayed, those phases resonated with me in their succinctness. These are the ways that people view/see me. it’s been a blessing and a curse as either can create discomfit for the viewer and then extent to me. Black folk ask me “what ‘is” you” seeking racial confirmation. I tell them “you know what I is” you just want me to verify/affirm it

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Create Equal Opportunity To End Inequality Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:49:55 +0000 Sean Mailey,
Portland, OR.

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Racism is over exaggerated by liberals Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:42:58 +0000 James Rick,
Oceanside, CA.

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Much progress; much more to do Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:41:23 +0000 RM-PhotoRobert Markel,
Charlestown, MA.

Raised in a very white town in Chester County Pennsylvania, I had little consciousness of race issues until high school. We had one black student in my class, and he was the Salutatorian. At the end of our senior year at Archmere Academy, several members of the class went to lunch together at the Charcoal Pit in Wilmington, Delaware. Shortly after we sat down, the manager, whom I knew very well, came up and asked me to step away for a talk. He informed me that the restaurant which I had patronized dozens of times did not serve “Negroes.” We were shocked. As it happened, V.P. Joe Biden who was one of our classmates was with us at the restaurant. I relayed the message to the group; we sat there embarrassed looking at each other; and Joe said, “let’s get out of here.” We left. I did not return for many years.

In the summer of 1963, I had a summer job at the DuPont Company’s Chestnut Run plant outside Wilmington. I worked as a laborer in shipping and receiving brooming floors and breaking down packages. The Black man who worked with me had two years of college and was a minister in Wilmington. I wondered why he was working as a laborer when he seemed educated and qualified for a better job. One day he told me that DuPont had a policy of not allowing Blacks to take the exam for a white collar “desk job.” I was astonished.

That summer, DuPont changed its policies and liberalized employment practices. My friend was allowed to take the test, and he moved up to a better job in the main offices. In August, DuPont excused any employee who wanted to attend the March on Washington. I called my friend Pete McLaughlin, and we decided to go.

We made our way to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and sat there to hear Dr. King and other speakers. There is a film that I saw at the Kennedy Library in Boston that shows a sea of Black people on the steps and two white boys sitting on the steps. Pete and I did not pay much attention to most of the speakers, but when Dr. King began to speak, we were transfixed by his words and his magnificent speaking style.

Unforgettable experience.

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Equality is crutch of the weak Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:40:39 +0000 Alexander Korukov,
Los Angeles, CA.

What is more to say?

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Mullet. Dashiki. Mom White. Step-dad Black. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:14:48 +0000 20047_1262194640381_5362504_nPaco Romane,
San Francisco, CA.

I grew up in an all white racist small town, with a hispanic nickname (paco), a white mom, and a black step-dad who’s last name was White. It taught me a lot including I believe there are two different kinds of white people: those become “black” around black people and those that get more white around black people. I was the latter.

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Blexican Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:56:29 +0000 image1 (5)Jami Tatum,
Carol Stream, IL.

‘Blexican’ became my new name when everyone found out I was mixed with black, Mexican AND white! Of course the people calling me blexican were my best friends but they didn’t understand how I felt because they are fully white. When they called me that it made me feel low of myself because it seemed like they were judging me by my race. at first I hated it but I came to learn that I can’t get upset or embarrased by them calling me ‘Blexican’ because I am that. I am black white and Mexican and I’m proud To be different because I’ve come to learn that due to me being mixed made me stand out. and it made me realize how beautiful I actually am.

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Equality is a bourgeois fallacy Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:54:00 +0000 Dmity Mirov,

History was built on power struggles. A ruling class clashes with a subjugated but prosperous middle-class which employs the lower class as soldiers of rebellion. Equality is a lie the dominant classes have developed to control the proletariat and usurp their opponents. Equality itself is an illusion and those who seek it are in fact deceived or have the intent of dominating those who do not belong in their vision of equality.

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Yes My Mom Is White… Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:52:28 +0000 Marisa Boessneck,
Moreno Valley, CA.

Yes my mom is white so what? Just because I have dark brown hair and a tan skin color doesn’t mean I am not mixed. It really bothers me when I go to the grocery store with my mom who is blonde hair blue eyes and I get asked if she is my “step mom” and if she is, we have a good relationship. Just because we look different doesn’t mean we are related. I love being mixed and how that has shaped me into the person I am today.

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I am who I am, unique! Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:50:05 +0000 20150404_1832392Eric Medina,
Grand Terrace, CA.

I have always been unsure about what nationality to identify with. I have resolved to identify with the human race. I think we are all human, right? I enjoy the diversity of this race. CBU His311

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Did not choose to be Jewish Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:41:56 +0000 IMG_0195Sarah Elizabeth Rosen,
Laguna Hills, CA.

I did not choose to be Jewish. But, I have come to realize as I got older to appreciate who I am and how my religion is important to me. People think I am Mexican because I am tan, but really I am a Eastern European Jew. When I tell people that I am Jewish, they look at me and say I can see that, you have the hair and people are sometimes making money comments. I am proud to be Jewish and I do not care what people say. I love celebrating the holidays and getting to know about my families lives. Being Jewish is a big part of me and I am not ashamed. CBU-HIS311

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I’m Irish and Black. Micks-ed. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:13:20 +0000 311459_10150315391876396_23612181395_8320370_667254937_nEdward O’Neill,
Queens, NY.

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