Ali Hassan Des Moines, IA
Ali Hassan Des Moines, IA
Janeen Irving San Leandro, CA For the first 12 years of my life I was clueless to my own color (or lack thereof) growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. For the next 20 years I tried to prove I was black. To no avail. Now I’ve come to the conclusion I’m an amazing [...]
Naghmeh Moshtael Portland, OR These are my daughter’s words. We live in a world of different race, culture and heritage. My husband in African American, born in Seattle and raised in Compton, CA. I am originally from Iran, raised in Cameroon (Central Africa) and now living in the US. My daughter is adopted from Ethiopia. [...]
Charity Son Anchorage, AK I was disappointed that this seems to even surprise a congenitally blind white woman I work with–”I didn’t know you were black!.” Happens on the phone as well. In person, black people, white people, all kinds of people seem to resent the way I speak. What does it even mean, to [...]
Kwazi Owens Washington, DC I see so much divisiveness among black women due to colorism. I remember growing up and girls automatically not liking me just because of my complexion and me feeling the need to reel in my personality as not seem as though I’m trying to be “better” than others. As an adult [...]
Richard R Clarke West New York, NJ This is what I see happening to people over and over again, no matter what their race, color or cultural identity.
Frank Benson Knoxville, TN I am native american from Alaska. I have been mistaken for hispanic, asian, hawaiian. it’s difficult not to see someones color, but to make assumptions about who someone based on skin tone before meeting the person limits us all.
Steven Columbus, OH Working a parking booth. Black woman pulled up. Sign clearly posted with the rates for parking. Open the gate. That’s 2 bucks to park here. I bet you don’t charge white people. The sign is for everyone Mam. I’m interested in green not the color of your skin.
Joshua San Antonio, TX We are all one race and have only minor different biological features. Do you really believe that is the driving force behind our discrimination and stereotypical caricaturizations of each other? If we were all perfectly homogenized and mixed race, would will still discrimination against each other based on class, money, or [...]
J. Torres Kansas City, MO My father is from Puerto Rico, born and raised. My mother is Colombian. However, raised in Panama. They met in the 1950′s while my dad was in the U.S. Army. Us kids always called ourselves PanaRicans. Until my mother gave us her true background. I attended college in Michigan in [...]
Andrea Cordero Salt Lake City, UT I no longer wan to be viewed just by the color of my skin or my gender. I am ready for this world to see me for my abilities and streangths and not just catagorize me as a “minority”. If we want to see each other as equals we [...]
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 [...]
Tara Izadi McLean, VA
Frances Coronel Norfolk, VA It’ll all be different.
Susanna Gourlay Wilbraham, MA This is a saying my dad taught me. I moved to the USA from Scotland and it was a phrase he told when I was talking to him about how sad it was that people get treated differently based on the color of their skin. The saying means, “We’re all God’s [...]
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
Anika Moore Gulfport, MS You can not act a color. You can not be a color. Just because I speak as though I have read a book once in my life does not make me instantly “an Oreo”. Please stop.
Courtenay M. Miami, FL I live in a city where racism is alive and well. Many say “You’re in Miami, there is no racism”, or “People don’t treat people like that anymore,” and the most used response I hear is “Maybe it was a misunderstanding.” If someone mistreats you, how can you debate with them [...]
Karl Cassell Cedar Rapids, IA
Ashley Ward Edgewood, MD My Grandmother grew up in a different time, where to be light was right and to be dark was wrong. My grandmother was extremely light, but my biological father is west indian and extremely dark. Dark like the ocean and I favored his complexion over my maternal genes. I was my [...]
Shayla Isaacs Wailuku, HI
Bobby Chicago, IL Current iterations of affirmative action programs are a relic of the narrowminded thinking of the past century. They should be reformed to award assistance based on socio-economic status, not race/gender/religion/etc. To truly help all disadvantaged people we must break from the outmoded thinking of archaic legislation.
Monica Mingo Germantown, MD Whenever I meet someone who doesn’t have friends who share different skin colors, I challenge it. How can you live in the world we live in and not have White friends if you are Black and Black friends if you are White? If you live in the United States, the melting [...]
Leah Turner Lancaster, PA One time, a little girl ask me what color I was. At the time my snippy come-back was “Choca-mocha-latte!”, but I figured that was a little much for a six year old who was honestly curious. So I looked at my skin and said “Caramel”. She said “Oh,” Looked at her [...]
Carmela Atlanta, GA I am significantly more than the color of my skin. I am the culture of my people and I am amazing. Get to know me and my color and you will be amazed. If not, I can continue to be amazing without you. I realize I have nothing to prove to anybody [...]
Karen G Augusta, GA I was raised in the south by my single, widowed mother and a handful of Christian women of both colors. I learned about compassion, empathy, justice and God, at their knees. Later in life I learned prejudice while living in another country, because I was white. And I know that prejudice [...]
Isabella Beavan New York City, NY Brooklyn It is not right to treat people different because their color skin is different
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…
Gayle H Swift Palm City, FL It is essential that we become color-respectful instead of color blind. As we value all colors of the human rainbow, we are all elevated in mutual respect.
Hailey Dodge Grand Rapids, MI Everywhere I go I am always being called white-girl all the time. But the truth of it is that I am not white I don’t blend in with the snow, flour shows up on my skin, and I have blood running through my veins. And to be honest the color [...]
Jose S. Dominguez Salinas, CA
Brelynn Evans Riverton, UT This sentence came from the idea of the phrases: “the difference between the two are black and white” and “the similarities make for gray areas.” The black and white race has such little impact on the different characteristics of a person that the difference is just a huge gray area. Regardless [...]
GERARDO O. SALINAS, CA Money controls everything. More powerful than race but has no value other than the one we give to it.
Hailey Irvington, NY The people who stood up for equal rights are brave!
Sura Tewolde Menlo Park, CA I just feel that whether your skin is white, black, yellow, blue, green, whatever! Your skin color should not make you any more important, superior, valuable, desirable, etc. than anyone else. It should not determine whether you will be a doctor or a garbage man. It should not define what [...]
Jacquelyn D. Elliott St. Louis, MO
M. Rene Arnold Charlotte, NC
Florencetine Bourne Jasmin Gwynn Oak, MD My response to those who say, “I don’t see color.” But I need you to see my color. It is beautiful! How could you not see it. If you don’t see it, then you don’t see me, hear me, or know me….or won’t get to know me.
Jordan Schramm Richmond, VA When I think of white, I think of a simple 8×12 sheet of printer paper. My skin does not resemble that color at all, so why define me in such a way? And when you call someone “black”, they are not the color of a chalk board, you are wrong. Color [...]
Jessica Cedillo Monterey, CA
Lyron Andrews Long Island City, NY I used to be a minister back in the late eighties and I was visiting and speaking to a group of mostly elderly and all African-American parishioners in Harlem about managing through adversity. After the talk many approached me and warmly commended me and thanked me for sharing the [...]
Jay Fluellen Philadelphia, PA I am an African American male who teaches in the public school system in Philadelphia. I constantly defy the comprehension of my predominately African American students by talking without cursing, listening to classical music, using words they don’t understand and by dressing professionally. I push passed all of this to teach [...]
Catherine Marenghi Marblehead, MA My family is white, and I was pleased to find no slave owners in my past — but I found a slave. The American Revolutionary War was fought with the help of slave soldiers: Hessian (German) soldiers were forcibly taken from their homes an sold as slave soldiers to King George [...]
Lori Petrehn San Jose, CA
John Q. Kontos Chicago, IL Sometimes, I wish that there were alien cultures that were a potential threat to our existence on earth, then and perhaps only then, would we view ourselves as one people instead of our current hateful and racist thinking. We all need a reminder from time to time that we are [...]
Darek Tyson Seattle, WA In a nation of immigrants, color is race.
Kylee Robinson Seattle, WA
Kunal Fremont, CA Sometimes, the internet is the only way to get a fair hearing without the prejudice.
Karen Schneider Eugene, OR The University of Oregon Because I don’t “see color” I feel I must be naive or shallow.
Luke Brad Bobo Ballwin, MO We may be different hues, shapes, etc. on the outside but we share a common humanity – we have many of the same fears, same dreams, same wants, same concerns, etc.
Ken E “Cowboy” Brawley Damascus, OR
Jacob Miller Boone, NC I’m a decent fraction Iroquois and I’m proud of my Native American Heritage, but I’m also whiter than white bread so if I identified with Native Americans people would look at my skin and assume I was lying. It bothers me a lot.
Brandy Laguna Hills, CA
Nathan S Detroit, MI With all of the talk of racial tensions in the US today, it is important to remember that the only difference between the commonly accepted races is skin color and, sometimes, facial features. Beyond that, people are all largely the same. Studies have been made showing that the vast majority of [...]
Maya PS Boston, MA Growing up in a color-challenged yet friendly midwest suburb, we were one of 3 families of color in our local school. Even though it was not an issue for most of our childhood, sometimes the desire to squelch our culture reared its ugly head. We did try to assimilate as much [...]
Emilly Kelly Kennewick, WA
Don Wright Lewistown, ID It’s not easy working with a diverse group of people until you get to know each other. It starts by sticking out your hand and inviting the other person to get to know you. It doesn’t have to be complicated, just a simple gesture of mutual respect.
Jennifer Davis St. Augustine, FL I am a white mother of two bi-racial children. It is hard when society identifies them as black when they are an equal part white. But more than that, they are Milo as much as they are Jen, they are outspoken as much as they are unsure, they are me [...]
Yuka Nakamura Des Moines, IA Drake University
Joni Sweet New York, NY
Kelley Canaday Sylva, NC Race is a label that has morphed over time taking on both positive and negative connotations depending on your perspective. Our perspective determines how we perceive race. No matter how much we try to eliminate bias it will always exist on some level. We are an observant people always making judgments [...]
Eric Carrera St. Louis, MO
Bengu Tekinalp Drake University Des Moines, IA white, people of color, privilege
Anonymous Spokane, WA
Sofia Webster Eugene, OR
Debbie Spragg Brisentine Plain City, OH I was born in 1954, lived in Mt. Pleasant Ohio, pop. approx. 500. Attended school from 1959-1972. Had both white and black friends but, to me, they were all just friends – no difference! I never knew anything about racial issues until maybe 1969, 1970. It was an idyllic [...]
Kelsey Hamm Boone, NC Our world has recently adapted to the idea of colorblindness, or the concept that race doesn’t matter. However, to look at two people and disregard their race actually perpetuates racism. The color of your skin, as well as your ethnicity, will at least partially determine the experience you have in America. [...]
Scott Gomer Madison, WI No matter which color our skin, certain perceptions seep into our common consciousness. Why do some people live up (or down) to their stereotypes? How can we all celebrate our differences in positive ways?
Jerry Cordaro Cleveland, OH I’m Caucasian, my wife is African-American, and we’re the parents of two kids. Because of our work schedules, I’m usually the one doing pickup and drop-off, and a few summers ago I was picking them up from camp. My son is light-skinned, and there was a little boy about six or [...]
Sheila Galper Las Vegas, NV I always thought, how lucky we are to have eyes to see, but if we didn’t would color matter?
Emily Jackson Baltimore, MD
Ashley C Canada The colour of my skin does not define who I am, and colours can often be misleading. When people ask me “what I am” I tell them I am human. I am a product of my environment. I am a piece of my mother, my father, my grandparents, and my extended family. [...]
Kessara Eldridge Fredericksburg, VA My aunt – Irish/German ancestry married a Cape Verdean man. When they had their first child, my cousin, my grandfather didn’t ask if it was a boy or a girl – he wanted to know what color it was. That showed me more than anything the differences in generations – how [...]
Saranne Hartley Columbus, OH
David DeChant, Marine Vietnam Veteran Key West, FL Michele,Greetings again. I am a member of the core group of Vietnam Veterans who built The Wall ~ National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in D.C.; and was at the meeting in Senator Warner’s office when General George Price, US Army Retired, ended the color controversy about “black” granite [...]
Kirl T. Lawson Oakland, CA I have so many tales to share about my experience with my color (or lack of “definitive color recognition”). growing up in Chicago, i was called “a white n*****” by friends at times w/ affection and at times derisively. initially the appellation hurt my feelings until i took an objective [...]
Carol Carrow Bodofsky Edison, NJ Born in 1950, I have lived through changes that were long overdue. In the sixties, as much as my friends and I worked to eliminate prejudice and discrimination, we had no idea how bad it actually was in our country. Only looking back through photo and video journalism of the [...]
Pamela Tish Dupo, IL When I began my first teaching job in Cahokia, IL, “Any black kids in your class?” was always one of the first questions asked by friends and family. I return to that question in my own mind so often as I look across my classrooms, 20 years and three jobs later, [...]
Twanna Robinson Thomasville, NC In Sunday school one morning, a new child asked me why my skin was so dark. I told her it was because I am a black person. She looked at me for a minute and said nothing else to me for the rest of the hour. When her mother, picked her [...]
Mike Elliott Alexandria, VA My mother was brown. Her skin a shade so perfect until the day she died she was “Puddin” to her family and friends. My father a lighter shade of brown was “high yellow” and proud to be colored. He had a fraternal twin who was dark like an egg plant, blue-black. [...]
SKA1 Curacao Netherlands Antilles It is worth reflecting for a moment on the term “race” as used in the United States and in “The Race Card Project”. This is especially important as the US uses “race” as a data-collection term on the US Census forms and both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of [...]
Heather Saskia Nichols Maple Grove, MN I do not bleach my hair. I do not color my hair. I do not highlight my hair. I do not think about my hair. I do not think with my hair. Why am I called dumb because of my hair? In 7th grade, I stopped talking in class. [...]
Jack Faulkner Oakland, CA Atttended an “interracial dialogue” in a psychiatric clinic in 1966. The two sides, black and white were polarized. Finally, a blind man said he had been lisrening carefully but could not understand what the conflict was all about. He concluded: “You see, I am a member of a third minority.”
Brenda Ward Schaumburg, IL The color of our skin has nothing to do with who we are. It is where we live, who raises us, our family traditions, our geography. We try to peg the differences on color because it is easier to see and understand and our lack of interest in exploring and appreciating [...]
Kavita Charleston, SC As an Indian-American woman working in agriculture, I used to frequently get some variation of this comment when I sold at farmers’ markets. Really? Should I thank you for that comment?
AH Simpler Birmingham, AL
Jeanette Bramwell Greeley, CO
B. Smith-Payne Carlsbad, NM As a black American, I feel that I must often act as a chameleon, in order to move in and through diverse social, economic, and political situations. Consequently, my “blackness” takes on various personas and can change in the blink of an eye. Thus, my question.
KT Holbrook-Yanit Eugene, OR What my white father asked because I dated young men of several ethnicities. I have to admit I was sad but relieved when he passed away the year before I married my non-white husband. Now I feel he would have grown up had he gotten the chance to meet his beautiful [...]
Julie Tee Canada I know people of colour who will take into account the different ethnicity groups that make up a person of colour but will shamelessly disregard the racial background of a white (as in, they don’t care if you’re half Irish, half Serbian, to them white is white). That’s how racism starts, isn’t [...]
Charles Perkins Reidsville, NC White, Black, Yellow, Red, – Yes we are all people of color, however our society and institutions have deemed that some colors are more privileged than others.
Nicola Mrazek Washington, DC
Mark Downing Safety Harbor, FL
Lauren Chicago, IL
Alicia Lara Los Angeles, CA Being a woman of color, a Chicana, is my source of strength. More often than not it is a shield to protect myself – even that means keeping others out.
Anonymous, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, MN
Simon A. Smith Chicago, IL With the wealth gap growing out of control so many people are getting swallowed up and spit out by greedy corporations and the almighty dollar. As a high school teacher on the south side of Chicago I talk about this a lot with my students, and the fact that they [...]
Christine Alexander Spring Valley, CA
Spencer Kragerud Boise, ID