M. Peek Fitzgerald, Harrisburg, PA. In my 53 years of life I feel that I must carry something like this every time I leave my home. This is not the America I fought for. Not the America that I have to explain differences to my children. I’m an American too and I feel like a [...]
Fred Kester, East Lansing, MI. We may not be personally responsible for the injustices of the past, but we are still responsible for creating a society where there are opportunities for all and where justice prevails.
Paul T., North Babylon, NY.
Keith Stokes, Newport, RI. Persons of African heritage have been far too long a background to much of American history. The more we can learn and share about our important contributions to American history, the more we as a people will be able to share in the full fruits of living and prospering in America.
Ronnie Annapolis, MD The image of a child immigrant, who grew up to serve in the U.S. military is a bit cliche these days, especially after more than a decade of conflict. However, there is nothing cliche about an immigrant wanting to defend his adopted nation and his fellow Americans (both fellow immigrants and native [...]
Jaimie Nguyen San Jose, CA There are not much Asians in the media, not many Asians exposed in the light. Also, it saddens me how narrow-minded this society is. When there is a foreigner in America of a European descent, we say this person is “exotic”, “sexy”, “edgy”. Then, if there is a foreigner in [...]
Atong Majok Salt Lake City, UT Being from Sudan, a country with a seemingly-infinite number of spoken languages and dialects, I still find it baffling that many white Americans think they can “know” something about a person merely by looking at their skin tone…
Janis Adams Atlanta, GA The older I get, the more I realize how bad colonization is, was, hurts, ruins. Groups of people greedy for resources, riches exploit the world..
Sahin Dzananovic St. Louis, MO
Arianna Mariotti Seaside, CA I am white. I am a woman. I am part of the upper middle class. I grew up in Orange County, California. I am a student in college. I am discriminated against because I “have it easy.” But the fact of the matter is, I don’t see color or class or [...]
Dauda Ladipo Nigeria Grew up and live in both the US and Nigeria. Because of my mixed racial heritage I got used to being viewed as belonging to the local racial minority in both places, even though I didn’t identify culturally with that group. Whereas, the half of me that was local was in fact [...]
Amanda Denise Ballantyne New York City, NY The Bronx I was at a dinner when a group ,mid 60s/early70s (age), of Caucasians were eating their sunday breakfast discussing an event. I specifically heard a section of the conversation, “I can’t stand moments like that. We are in America, speak English we are in America.” It [...]
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.
Josie Watanabe Seattle, WA Too many people believe that our work is done. Or why do we still need affirmative action? I wish for everyone to stop, listen and look around so that we can really take a closer look at race relations in our country and find real ways we can keep moving forward [...]
Ernest Henson Longview, TX African first question Black man’s last
Samantha D. Los Angeles, CA I’m from Eastern Europe and I find America’s racial diversity very interesting and exciting. That being said America is entirely too focused on the label of race – from job applications, college applications, scholarships, to nearly every government form. The principle of the question really bothers me and I usually [...]
Gabriela Rivero Oakland, CA What’s it like being a Latina living the United States? It’s not always the most easiest thing. You have people coming up to you asking you if you can speak English. “Of course I can” I think to myself. What kind country do we will in where people are being judged [...]
Mary Clark Baltimore, MD People who feel that the current state of race relations are not that damaging/not that big of a deal/brought on by deserving behavior of minorities need to make conscious efforts to become aware of what perpetuates racism and race division in our society and the very large part that privilege plays [...]
Lance Remington Stuart Rood Redlands, CA Sometimes I feel like I have no identity. White american? what is that? Irish? German? Dutch? Danish? I want to be able to identify with those around me. I love learning about people. Their heritage, traditions and culture. By knowing someones race or races I can then proceed to [...]
Ann Marie USA I didn’t understand how much racism still existed in America until I moved to Missouri for college. As a white female, second year college student and only 19 years old, I am absolutely disgusted with the racial slurs I still hear today. Coming from San Diego, I grew up with Latino friends [...]
Sylvia D. Stevenson Thornton, CO Will all black-African Americans ever be given any breaks? Foreigners get better treatment in America than Blacks. Jews are looked at because of the holocaust. Blacks were kidnaped and brought here, but we get no retribution for being treated as animals. Even today, I tried to purchase a condo on [...]
Lisa Johnson Holden, MO I am, unfortunately, from very rural America. There was a short period in my life (approximately 1/4 of it) that was lived in larger areas where I got to know various people. My most favorite experiences were the multicultural atmosphere of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department of a college I [...]
Abhishek Mehta Seattle, WA Why is it always assumed that non-whites or non-blacks are from another country first? I’m always asked where in India I’m from.
Michael l Koetje Vashon, WA I grew up in a sheltered deeply religious community. Just white folks. When an older friend went away to college and brought a black guy home in the Mid-60’s, those were my Father’s words about the children they might have. I said America needs to be ready. I believed what [...]
Ralph E. Moore, Jr. Baltimore, MD
Sozit Mohamed Sunnyvale, CA Being Ethiopian with Arab heritage in my family, most do not believe I’m black/African. Also, being black and muslim, seems to be the worst thing you can be in America right now.
Ollie Daniels Pembroke Pines, FL I am a sixty-nine year old black college professor with all white hair. From time-to-time I am stopped by police officers and questioned. It’s never about speeding, but rather it’s about, “Is this car yours?” I drive, what I call, a rather “high-end” car and I believe that they think [...]
Joel Wasinger Wylie, TX By all appearances, I’m “white” and I was raised in white middle class America. My biological father was Hispanic (my relatives on that side are mostly pale, like me). My dad, the man who raised me, is part Native American. My wife’s son–now my son–is black, technically mixed race. And there’s [...]
Czarina Tucson, AZ My family migrated here legally through the Braceros Program. I am 2nd generation Mexican/American. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bracero_Program
Sarah Hathaway Hiller Carbon LLC Tampa, FL
Tom Lau Chicago, IL This is a Polaroid of the back of my mom and dad that I took few years ago.
Caitilin Weber Los Gatos, CA I was raised in Alabama and moved to California in my mid-30’s. Alabama was at the time a “bi-cultural” society (as I like to call it). We had black and we had white. There were very few people of Asian or Hispanic descent in the Alabama I knew. So, when [...]
Bernard Lhert Los Angeles, CA
Sahar Naderi Washington, Dc
Ashley Pettiford Cincinnati, OG I am black white, and Hispanic. I’ve had some mishaps from being what I am and it’s kind of ridiculous. People need to stop worrying about me being three different races and instead putting more energy into something that could be more beneficial! Boom Suckka!
Essa Batarseh Orlando, FL
Julie Delegal Submitted via Twitter: @julieinjax @totn @michele_norris #theracecardproject
Melissa Hernandez Morris, MN
Logan Marshall Dyersburg, TN
Jay San Fransisco, CA I don’t get all this lets celebrate diversity stuff and the browning of America. Fact is, most areas with the demographics that are the future of America have high crime rates, high school drop out rates, mostly single parent families that are on public assistance, etc… etc… why would white America [...]
Robert Pond Hebron, OH I witness it firsthand every day.
Elliott W. Silver Spring, MD
Anonymous West Grove, PA It’s easy for white people to say that racism is a construct. But not being white (or at least not looking white), and having grown up in America it’s hard for me to believe racism is a “construct.
Nehemiah Bourne College Park, MD Being black in America I will always be a target. Some one will think im stealing, poor, stupid, ghetto and countless other terms.
Michael Burgess Bluffton, SC
Dre Kansas City, MO I am curious if you the responses your received while in PA and across the country differed at all by race, gender, or particularly age(generation).
Charles Long Birmingham, AL Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation I am a 52 year old white man from Birmingham, Al. I had the opportunity to meet Michele at the 16th Street Baptist Church when she was promoting her book “The Grace of Silence”. The more I learn about life in America for African [...]
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Andy Lundberg Cleveland, OH Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation
Holly Middleton San Francisco, CA