Dirk Elting, Honolulu, HI. People cannot reconcile their differences when they do not feel safe. We scare (and anger) one another not only through our acts, but through our criticism, defensiveness, stonewalling and contempt. What psychologist John Gottman has shown to be true for couples, I believe to be true for race relations. I have […]
Matilda, Australia. When people of colour direct anger at white people – at me – I used to be defensive. I’ve learnt a lot since then. The anger is legitimate. I no longer respond with, “But I’m not a racist,” or “Not all white people are like that.” I listen, I remember, and I try […]
Lisa Smith, Boston, MA. In 1610 Catholic priest asked his superiorsif slavery was condoned by God. Answer came back…none of more learned men of cloth saw anything against the enslavement of another human being. I’m white and l seeth with anger over what happens (ed) to Blacks.
Nell Kuhnmuench, East Lansing, MI. Not now – I am trying to learn each day without getting defensive.
Jill, Calremon, NH. The art is angry which I would expect. But powerful too. I like the fork turned into a fist.
David Duncan San Antonio, TX Our father would never disclose the full specific reasons for his anger regarding the Trail of Tears and the treatment of the Cherokee people. He talked of land granted his father being stolen by an overseer appointed because ‘Indians’ could not be trusted to manage their own property. His father […]
Tara Newport News, VA Despite my personal cynicism and ongoing interest in matters of race, I am still surprised at the pervasiveness of anti-black sentiment following the election of President Obama and the Zimmerman verdict, among other things. Frustrations seem to be boiling over, and feelings that used to be secret are being quietly confessed […]
Connaitre Miller, Washington DC. Howard University
HELEN CANNON LOUNSBURY Alexandria, VA I WEEP FOR THE HARD FOUGHT PATH WE ALL HAVE BEEN ON AND STILL ARE ON FOR RACIAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS JUSTICE. WHEN WILL WE EVER LIVE ON THIS PLANET AS HUMANS, RESPECTING EACH OTHER AS LOVING BROTHERS AND SISTERS? SO MUCH T0 DO. HOPE PERSISTS; I’M GLAD FOR THE […]
Susan Riederer Boulder, CO I was a teenager during the 60’s and feel such sadness at remembering what occurred in my youth as a white midwestern girl. I remember the race riots in Kansas City where I lived and my parents picking me up in downtown as opposed to taking the city bus home because […]
Nadine ZeBelle Orlando, FL I feel guilt for things I have never done, that my child will never do or say. Even as our generations move together I see people looking at me with anger, saying I have “privilege”. Believe me, my life is anything but.
Philip Bailey Euless, TX With all the anger blacks direct toward whites about racism the black community seems to forget that whites have died for blacks. As an example Andrew Goodman, and Michael “Mickey” Schwerner who were shot in 1964. And don’t forget that out of the 250000 that made of the 1963 March on […]
Jeannette Chavez Albuquerque, NM It was the early 70′s in the Texas panhandle. On a road trip we stopped at a diner to eat. He didn’t want us in there. He ruined our food. He put pickles in my pancakes. His action enraged me. Now it scares me.
Lili Thomases Ann Arbor, MI
Molly Bozeman, MT It’s clear from many academic studies that significant racism still exists in the United States. On the other hand, almost every American will vehemently deny being a racist. Often racism seems like a kind of disembodied force, a cultural ghost that we still can’t exorcise. It’s no wonder that some of the […]
Laura Bell Gahanna, OH Disowned by my “white” family after my mother married a black man, I was raised by my step-father’s family since the age of three, I am 41 now. Anger towards the family that left us, happy for the family that welcomed us.