Kees van Muyden Woodland, CA
Kees van Muyden Woodland, CA
Maita Veneracion American Canyon, CA
Tim McMurphy Fresno, CA Does that make me racist?
Diana Zhang San Francisco, CA
Sonny Kniep Davis, CA
Mattie West Sacramento, CA
Eliza Buchanan Davis, CA
Alana Peck Marina, CA People who don’t know me well tell me I look nothing like my sister. If race wasn’t such an overpowering factor, I’m not sure I would hear that as often. It’s hard to have everything and nothing in common with a person I’ve known for almost my entire life.
Jen Rogers Fresno, CA I am so sick of people thinking that I owe them or their race something. My ancestors made it on their own without a handout why do you need one.
Cecilia Joy Contreras Solano Riverside, CA
Nona Lynn Simons Orangevale, CA My Six Words: Have you ever felt different from everybody else? I have and sometimes I still do! In the fifth grade, I was different because I was part Jewish and my classmates weren’t. They went to church and I didn’t. During the last week of school, one of my […]
Anthony Delaney Castro Valley, CA
Camille G.S. San Francisco, CA Growing up as a first-generation Asian American, my family would tell me that I should marry a white man for economic and social stability. Not only would I have more stability but I would have “fairer-skinned children.” I hated the way they idolized Caucasians as the end-all for my life. […]
Paul Hanchock Oakland, CA Almost every assertion about race is pushed to extremes, but most people aren’t extremist. The public mostly sees stories about people who exceed the boundaries of rationality and good sense.
Chung Ho Santa Clara, CA Apparently apart of my Asian genes is supposed to make me good at math…if not then I should at least be good at kung fu…
WeonJun Lee San Jose, CA
Peggy Magnusson San Pedro, CA In exchange for the stress of freeway traffic, I have begun taking the bus to and from work. For most of my life I have lived in largely white, upper middle class communities. Now I sit shoulder-to-shoulder with people of color. Sometimes I am uncomfortable.
Amber Griego Oakley, CA When asked who am I, well I simply say I’m a woman looking for the answers and still figuring it out life day by day.
Amy Tanisha Petaluma, CA When asked the infamous “what are you?” question, I define myself on my terms. Sure, its easy for someone to understand that my mom is white and my dad is black, but “white” or “black” is not the house I grew up in. I grew up in a house full of […]
Corey Atkison Napa, CA
Rogina Vaughn Vallejo, CA Why does it seem the sore will never heal? We waste so much time being rascist, however in death, our skin color doesn’t matter!
Rose Myers San Jose, CA Nuff said!
Colby C American Canyon, CA
Cecilia Irvine, CA I’m not white. I’m Irish American. Why do African Americans get a formal tittle on job applications, gov papers, tests, etc. but I only receive one option to check “white”
Melany Cortes American Canyon, CA
Josephine American Canyon, CA
Satbir Deol American Canyon, CA
Michael Fredette American Canyon, CA
Chantal Thomas San Jose, CA
S Woods Los Angeles, CA This is something often said by White people to Black people, when they are amazed that the Black person is able to communicate effectively using Standard American English. As if we all speak like a character from a Black face film. Its degrading. And, it’s one of the ways in […]
F. Delvin Washington Oakland, CA We still have a long way to go.
Ilene Santoyo Hollywood, CA White people always think that they were the first people in America those whom are racist are always say to mexicans, “Go back to your county.” and to be honest it was our country and now it is being shared between us all we are united and it’s what wouldn’t change […]
Val’Dionna P. San Francisco, CA Throughout the years it has been a bit difficult to understand the many emotions and stereotypes being of color and mixed. It is important to understand that how one is raised growing up in a complex world that continues to critique someone on the features or melancholy of their skin […]
Mark Allen Kleiman Venice, CA As a student activist back in the day, I fought de facto segregation. It breaks my heart to see how quickly things slid back. A “kinder, gentler” end to a “kinder, gentler” Reconstruction. Only nationwide.
Mehran Mashayekh Santa Ana, CA From a quote of Lyndon B. Johnson
Carmen Gonzalez Glendale, CA We as a society tolerating substandard educational conditions, resources, and outcomes for non-white children betrays our ethical lapses.
Raymond Currie San Francisco, CA Thanks to the Race card project for the opportunity to say this. I often wonder, but could never say to my friends or family; it must be nice to be white? What is it like:… to be welcomed and treated with respect no matter what country one visits to be […]
Lina Oakland, CA Im 50/50 black and white and I’m tired of never fitting in to one social scene. Either im too “rachet” to hang out with the white kids or I’m too “white” to hang out with anyone else.
Lina Shaheed Oakland, CA I’m mixed with black and white, but have lighter skin color. Im tired of being considered a “wannabe black girl” when thats that 50% of me is anyways. Always seen as the rich, privileged, white girl. Thats not ME.
Jennifer DiBrienza Palo Alto, CA Growing up as a white woman, I never had to think very much about race. As an adult I have tried to better understand the experiences of others and I was shocked by how drastically different experiences of other Americans were. I have the luxury of not having to think […]
Kelly Close San Francisco, CA
J. Robert Kinnison Yuba City, CA
Michael Erike Los Angeles, CA Black….if I’m still in school at this age I must be an athlete right…wrong. There’s more to any race than what meets the eyes. I don’t go around judging others by simply how they look so do I deserve that treatment? Life is a colorful depth of inspiring beauty, strength, […]
Dominique Peranich Half Moon Bay, CA Everyone, whether they admit it or not, is racist. People may not realize this, but due to stereotypes, bias, and where someone may have grown up, they may feel a discomfort or distrust towards other people of a different race or background. For instance, many people when stuck driving […]
Matthew Garcia Salinas, CA Im African-American, my mother would have my stay at my baby sitters house after school while she was working. One day my mom picked me up from my baby sitters house but before we left my mom and the babysitter were having conversation. I was playing in the living room when […]
Juan Silva Salinas, CA
Susan F. Bohrer Merced, CA I started a tutorial program and later worked as a social work intern in a middle school where 70% of the students lived in poverty; 80% belonged to minority populations. From the teachers I learned that college was for other kids, and from the students I learned that it didn’t […]
Amy Sharpe San Diego, CA Our country should be able to provide equal opportunities and education for ALL students.
Leslie Carver San Diego, CA I am a professor & was profoundly affected when I heard a student talk about having been referred to as a “token Latina”. I realized that although I care a great deal about diversity on my campus, I had been guilty of thinking of students that way – as the […]
Alexandra Walling Seaside, CA I go to a “majority-minority” college. The more I get to know my classmates, the more convinced I am that affirmative action and other programs to increase the presence of underrepresented minorities in higher education and the workforce will be to the betterment of all.
Skyler Crane Oceanside, CA There is a small splash of African in my ancestry, never talked about, though obvious in physical traits of many of my relatives, Why I give my Race Card sentence is that born a baby boomer to low, very low, middle class WASP parents, i was not given or alerted to […]
Matthew Koebbe Huntington Beach, CA I am a white male who heard those words from a University of California financial aid officer after asking about all those unclaimed scholarships and grants we always hear about. At the time, I thanked the woman for her honesty, but afterwards it occurred to me that no one should […]
Max Davies Newport Coast, CA There’s societal wickedness, and then there’s personal stupidity. We can all do something about the former, but the latter is beyond anyone but the individual concerned. There are many understandable reasons why people do things that harm themselves and their loved ones, but understanding the reasons for stupidity doesn’t mean […]
Kelly B. Ferrell Sterling, VA As the child of nomadic parents, we lived where we could and/or where my parents found work. At one point in the mid “70s, we lived in up-state NY, outside of Ithaca. We were the only black family in the area (in the county the way I remember it) and […]
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 […]
Akaya Windwood Oakland, CA Hated hearing that. I must have heard that 100 times when I was young.
Zertron Vang Sacramento, CA
Marilyn Lee Sacramento, CA
Michael B. Sacramento, CA
Gina Dabbah Seaside, CA The opinion of our ancestors left a battle waging hard and strong. This battle has spilt blood, split families, friends, and communities. And for what? For one person to feel superior over another by using a characteristic, a pigment of our gene pool, a sad excuse to shun another. This is […]
Joelin Nordine Sacramento, CA
Fatima Abdel-Gwad Sacramento, CA Yes, I’m Muslim. Yes, I’m American. I’m really from America.
Mari Bailey Temecula, CA I am Japanese. I married to American man. However, when I tell people that Im married, people ask if Im married to Japanese guy. I answer, ‘no Im married to American guy.” well….that is not enough for some people. Those people have to know which Ethnicity he is, DOES IT MATTER? […]
Joan Hamilton Berkeley, CA
Brian Batista Elk Grove, CA
Zack Sacramento, CA
Hannah Strickland Sacramento, CA
Natalie Perez Sacramento, CA
Christopher Bland New Orleans, LA Recently I’ve been studying my history, my essence, that extends beyond what was taught in school and at church. I remember learning more about my race’s detriment and disabilities over our triumphs and royalty. From Kemet up until now, we possess more powerful stories than we know about and every […]
Charte Stuart Riverside, CA
Michael Quintana Murrieta, CA I’m not really offended by anything people say for the most part. Could be for a number of reasons. Could be the fact that I live in Southern California, or maybe because people don’t know/don’t care what ethnicity I am. But I know one thing for sure. I am Japanese and […]
Micah Bailey Los Angeles, CA
Katelyn Nicole Volz Hemet, CA “You know they say Gingers have no souls right?” “A Ginger gains a freckle every time they steal a soul.” “Do the carpets match the drapes?” Does ANYONE know how tired I am of hearing that? Yes, my hair is red, yes it’s natural, and yes I am Irish. Does […]
Linda Sharples Riverside, CA Whatever I say will be deemed racist as I am white. Very few of us are of one pure race any more. Can we just call ourselves humans and move forward?
Boka Agboje Los Angeles, CA
Tricia Redlands, CA I am a Mexican American that grew up in a home that did not speak Spanish. Both my mother and father were Mexican Americans born in California and their parents didn’t speak Spanish in the home as well. One time I asked my grandfather why he didn’t teach his children Spanish. His […]
Miguel Ramirez-Cornejo Riverside, CA As a kid I was told that because I grew up in the barrio that I would become a cholo. I would grow up to be in a gang, do drugs, and end up in jail. I heard this from other kids and even adults. But as I grew I used […]
Tina Bradford Chino Hills, CA Being raised in a home where “White is Right,” I only had one thing I could do. So I went on my own path of development. Creating myself into the black sheep of the family. Why would I do such a thing? So my children could learn we do not […]
Amanda Ardessi Diamond Bar, CA Although being discriminated against is still a real problem, I think we often forget that everyone, regardless or race or color, have their own battles to fight. I think we get caught up in race too much, and that at the end of the day, who we are is shown […]
Judy Gumbo Albert Berkeley, CA I learned this slogan directly from Kathleen & Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale & Emory Douglas. Eldridge used to call my late husband Stew Albert his “best white friend”; Eldridge gave me the name Gumbo because Gumbo went with Stew; a name which allowed me to establish my own identity.
Lisa Lee San Francisco, CA Asian Americans are constantly reminded that they don’t “belong” in America, despite their contributions of building up this great nation. We are reminded in ways big and small, such as the seemingly harmless remark of “but you speak English so well!” The Civil Rights Movement paved the way for all […]
Diatra W Stearn Pacoima, CA I do things to show that I am free such as traveling, going to civil rights museums to learn the true history and economically support causes to help us maintain civil rights gains.
Kim L Taylor Pomona, CA This thought is the result of being watched while shopping, particularly clothing stores. I do not appreciate the feeling of distrust from clothing store owners, especially when I am contemplating on spending money in their store.
Sandra Hamilton Pomona, CA
Jeff Schaffer Los Angeles, CA Seeing this exhibit reminds me of the sacrifices made by our predecessors, and inspires me to continue working for a world in which all are cherished for their diversity, and there is equal opportunity for all.
Dylan Pomerantz Santa Cruz, CA Even though we have made great strides in equal rights for all citizens, there is evidence that we have much work to be done. Striking down of parts of the voter rights act as well as mass incident such as katrina show that there are parts of our society that […]
Lisbet Mingo Oakland, CA What it feels like to share everything with those closest to you–except the color of your skin. And how that changes everything…
Lauren Lola Newark, CA Why are people always so curious about what my racial makeup is? They treat it like it’s a game- like they’re going to win a prize if they get it right. The overly asked question “What are you?” often is directed at me by individuals who are just meeting me the […]
Tim Fall El Macero, CA I refuse to believe that complete understanding is barred because of the color of a person’s skin. There may be other factors that interfere – culture, economics, religion – but not the amount of melanin in one’s epidermis. Being in a mixed race family and raising children who are navigating […]
JS CA Brought up to believe my Mexican heritage was secondary to my white heritage. Didn’t learn Spanish, didn’t learn culture. As a young woman I identify with being Mexican only when I am allowed to. For example, on a jury questionnaire, I check “white” because I fear I don’t have “enough” Mexican ancestry to […]
Ann Elizabeth Hemphill Quartz Hill, CA Born in ’46 in Midwest, visiting with relatives in Florida each year, adult years in California. From my early childhood to present, I’ve witnessed the persistence of racial prejudice passed on through the generations. I’m reciting 5 generations, from my grandparent’s to today’s youth. I spend time instructing teens, […]
Delia Moreno Valley, CA I am so tired of others expecting me to know every bit of Spanish, simply because I am Mexican. It is assumed that just because one is of the Mexican heritage they should know the Spanish language fluently. I do know a little bit of Spanish to kind of get me […]
Michele Ypsilanti, MI My darling boys are Chinese and Black but look more racially non-specific; even while I lived in northern CA, what people think of as some sort of center of tolerance, people constantly assumed that since I was Black I was their nanny. Even though they are older now, I still get surprised […]
Marika Oakland, CA People often ask me “What are you?” or “Where are you from?” which is par for the course for people like me who are ambiguously brown looking, which is how I’ve come to refer to myself. Over time I’ve noticed my attitude toward other people who ask these questions changing. I used […]
Charlotte Wong Santa Cruz, CA I am half Chinese, and half sort-kind-of-European. I don’t know what kind of European. I never knew my father, who was white, and my mother never knew his true ethnic background, aside for him being white. My mother would always say “your father would say he is like Heinz Ketchup” […]
David Brandon Sumrall Riverside, CA I grew up in a family that was always racist, but as my cousins and I have grown, we now have four mixed children, two gay people, and one handicapped child. To say that my family has changed is an understatement. Through each of these people, we have learned to […]
Chaudie Sacramento, CA I was raised to hate white people. However, as I grew, it only pushed me towards them. I couldn’t and will not trust my own race. I’ve been burned too many times. I work hard to be aracial, and picked my Portuguese husband so my children will have a better chance in […]
Ernest Nelson San Bernardino, CA
Daniel Krishnan Altadena, CA
Danielle Guardado San Francisco, CA “What are you?” A simple question; yet, I had no answer. Every time I am asked this question, my response is always different and trying to explain to people that there are other countries in Latin America besides Mexico– “Wait. Where’s Nica-how do you pronounce that again?” –can get quite […]