M C Antone, Ft Lauderdale, FL. In 1969 I told my parents that I would rather dance with the black kids at a high school dance. My father stated he did not want anyone calling his daughter a “n*****” lover. I retorted “I am and I’m proud of it” Then he struck me. I can […]
Pinkish Jim, Seal Beach, CA. I was raised hearing this idea expressed many ways. My parents bought into all the racial stereotypes in the 50s and 60s and yet they had black friends. Their friends weren’t like the rest of them. They were different. None of the African Americans we actually knew fit the stereotype, […]
Bethany O’Neal , Submitted via Twitter: @bethanyoneal.
Doug, 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.
Daniel Knoll, Saint Louis, MO. Just some ruminations on the issue, as a Local Missourian, and past resident of the town NEXT to Ferguson MO..white, adopted child of full Native American(Cherokee) mother and German-American father…
James Scott, Upland, CA. White people have done more for people not like us than all the rest of humanity combined. Arabs, Jews, and other blacks enslaved blacks for thousands of years. Whites for 200 before we ended the African slave trade. Stone age people were displaced all over the world. For the most part […]
Theresa Salomon, Parkland, FL. A few months ago, as my 7 year old son was about to seat next to a class mate, he was told that Blacks should stay on the other side. That sentence changed our lives. My son and I had many conversations about racisms, and throughout I was able to redirect, […]
Manuela Bernardez Kuchta, Pittsbugh, PA. It can be very frustrating at times explaining myself or a good teaching experience depending on who’s questioning me.
Elizabeth Todd, Plainfield, NH. I grew up in the south and as a child heard my elders disparage blacks, Latinos and Catholics. Even as a child I knew this was wrong, I knew that we are all the same. I struggled with this dichotomy; the people I loved having values I deplored. How does one […]
Benjamin Christy Laguna Niguel, CA This is the title of John Lydon’s autobiography, which refers to his upbringing as an Irishman in London. He was reminded of how the Irish were despised and how there used to be signs in apartment buildings and hotels that expressed their displeasure with these three races. I used to […]
Christine Miller Chicago, IL Blacks cause all their own problems then whine and cry about the results. They moved into my neighborhood and my moms and within 1 year the crime rate had started in BOTH. The property value dropped like a stone and then no one could get out.
Amber Roberson-Rowell Essex, MD That was my second incident of prejudice and what instilled in me that race–the color of my skin–was a problem. The first was during my first day of pre-school and being pushed off a tricycle by a little white boy and being told “You don’t belong here!” I was the ONLY […]
Charles Alleman Baltimore, MD I frequently ache at the countless ills my race has committed against other races through centuries, particularly against the Black race. I will never be able to undo even one of these crimes, yet I have pledged my life to providing as much good as I can. It is often unappreciated, […]
Clay Underwood Submitted via Twitter: @tclayunderwood TY for The Race Card Project, @michele_norris. My words, inspired by my mom’s first voting experience: Poll taxes keep blacks from voting.
Lamont Walton Chicago, IL University of Michigan Law
Monica Walker, Columbia, SC.
Phyllis Batson Chicago, IL It’s tiresome for folks who are, even in this day and age, ‘first’ or ‘only’. I would so much rather be the ‘go to’ person for legitimate dialog than that friend, colleague, neighbor who is somehow OK, the proverbial exception to the rule. It negates who I am and who we […]
Lydia Taylor Memphis, TN I was born and raised in Alaska. When I was 4, my father got out of the Air Force and accepted a job as a State Trooper in Dillingham, Alaska. He moved from Anchorage to Dillingham first, to start his job as we as find us a place to live. We […]
Rayna Delaney Pharr, TX This occurred to me in 1969 as I started college. I was a naïve white girl from a rural all-white neighborhood. Had read a lot about Blacks and their struggles. I was surprised when I sat down next to a group of Blacks and they ignored by attempts to start a […]
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 […]
Claude W Correll Upper Marlboro, MD The term “Race Card” is just a way to trivialize injustices against Blacks. For instance, there’s no “Jew Card”, no “Gay Card”, no “Female Card”, and definitely no “White Card”; any injustice against, or complaints by these groups are always taken very seriously and addressed immediately by the media […]
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 […]
Liz Nardi Bend, OR I am not the friendliest person, often don’t answer the question “How are you?” when asked by clerks, but if the clerk is black, I am always friendly. I do not want the person to feel slighted, that I was acting out of racism.
Brandon Cooper Denver, CO Blacks who make over $70,000 scored lower on the SAT than Whites who make less than $10,000. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achievement_gap_in_the_United_States#Income_and_class
David O’Neil Greenacres, FL Great project long overdue
Thomas A. Momberg Louisville, KY
Jane Fairfield, CA I was bullied heavily by African American women in Junior HS and told to watch ky back. I ran for secretary of my school against a very nice (AA) peer. It was my first experience with hatred I find now that there continues to be much hatred against whites but this never […]
Eric D. Riner, VA Both of my parents were born in Haiti and legally immigrated to the United States where I was born. I feel blessed and privilege to call myself Haitian American. I have a rich experience because I grew up as a part of two cultures. My niece and nephew are of Haitian, […]
Curt Lyons Fort Collins, CO My father lost two children to violent deaths, when I was young, and it wasn’t until I was older that I appreciated that he didn’t seem to hold any racial grudges. His racism was the relatively benign type of his generation, which assumptions that all black people liked watermelon and […]
Peter Gwynn Washington DC
Sheldon, Coral Springs, FL. There are two types of law – one for whites and one for BLACKS. The Civil Rights Movement accomplished a great many things except campaign for the repeal of the DREDD SCOTT DECISION which still permeates in our current system of law. So long as Taney’s decision stands, anyone labeled as […]
Rocco Curro Newark, DE There will never be a “post-racial” time in America. It’s as if our nation will not just have stain on it’s history; rather a stain for it’s future in which will anchor us down. Minorities are now “created” out of social thin air: “latinos” (as if this is a monolithic of […]
Bob d West Chester, PA It happened in the summer of ’68. I was alone at a concert at the city stadium in Glen Cove, NY. There was chanting, black kids -some of them friends from school- surrounded me and I was beaten unconscious. It wasn’t personal. Dr. King had been murdered, it was summertime, […]
Kimberly Allen Greenville, MS
Darrell Penn Plainsboro, NJ
Bunny Vee Philadelphia, PA
Nancy Bonnet Steelton, PA My question at age 6 (1959) when told that a black neighbor friend could not swim in the city park pool. I’m sure that according to the era I would have asked “colored people.” Later when the pool was integrated, I was shocked to see that Bobby’s color did not come […]
Jerry Miller Sacramento, CA
Angie Balderrama Reno, NV My husband is white and lost out jobs to blacks and hispanics, or due to nepotism. I am hispanic but do not speak Spanish so I lost out jobs, even though I understand Spanish. We are both college educated. Very frustrating to lose out to someone you know was not as […]
Andrea Williams, Submitted via Twitter: @AndreaWillWrite. #theracecardproject
Jim Wallin Lebanon, PA We won’t get “over” race until blacks stop looking for racism. Trust me, you don’t have to look. Saying someone is racist because they say something critical about a black person is ridiculous and devalues the label of “racist”. Whites can never truly understand what being Black is like. I wish […]
Virginia Hughes Texas Lutheran University
Donna Lovelady Indianapolis, IN Born in the south in 1924, mom was the granddaughter of a slave owner. She saw blacks pushed to the back of the bus, unjustly convicted and forced to hide from whites. It broke her heart. She made sure to teach me that color doesn’t make anyone better or worse. One […]
Tetra Grammaton Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation 6 more words: Discuss THAT honestly, I dare you!
Mike Noble Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation
Gary Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation As a police officer most black people talk to me like they want to fight before I even talk to them. They know nothing about me. My Latino partner is always called Uncle Tom. I give respect when I get respect. Why do so many blacks hate […]
Royce Wood Submitted via: NPR’a Talk of the Nation