The anger is legitimate. I am trying.

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 […]

White country, white privilege, yet minority

Emily Carter, Needham, MA. I am un-mistakenly white. I have blonde hair, blue eyes, grew up in a neighbourhood full of other white people, and had teachers who were all white. I have an name that is unmistakably white and very easy to pronounce, yet in a classroom filled with children with difficult sounding, Chinese […]

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I’m too mixed to fit in

Matthew Joshua Nunez-Pocot-Reid, Australia. My mother is a Cebuano Filipina, with strong Spanish heritage. And my Father is the prime example of a white Australian. Although I often lean to identify as a Asian/Hispanic, it’s hard to do so when I hang around my more cultured friends. Because to them, I’m too white, and too […]

Aku Kodogo

Take away skin bag, spirit lives!

Aku Kadogo, teacher South Korea I am an African American woman from Detroit, MI. I have lived in Australia since 1978. My daughter is African American Australia (Caucasian father). My grand daughter’s father is from Thailand. I am currently living and teaching in S. Korea. I have spent many years with Indigenous people in Australia, […]

From-the-side

I Think That Race Is Irrelevant

Seth, Australia. My mothers family is from a Haitian Creole line but I grew up in Montana and my mother and my siblings and I are all of lighter skin but we get dark in summer so other than mom’s hair, and now my beard you really couldn’t tell. So I really grew up outside […]

You’re Indian AND Catholic?! No way!

Josie H Australia I am a Catholic Indian. The middle school I went to was not Catholic, and when I graduated into high school (which was Catholic), I ended up in the top Religion class, getting 80% + in all my tests. One day,a boy asked me disbelievingly, “You went to a non-Catholic primary school? […]

Jewish daycare, Catholic college, Hindu wedding

Charles Hirsch Mount Washington, MA I had the wonderful opportunity to grow up in a multicultural community. I attended daycare sponsored by the Jewish Community Center, was a confirmed member of the Congregational church (United Church of Christ), I chose to enroll at Catholic Saint Michael’s college where I learned about Catholicism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. […]