Sheila Islam, Oakland, CA. You do not win a prize if you get it right. People hardly ever guess it right and thats not exactly the problem. The problem is, that when people do this, I feel objectified. I feel like my physical appearance is being ripped from me and being judged. I am so […]
Lora-Ellen McKinney, Renton, WA. I am not my color, though I am in some ways what my color represents in America. I am, by this definition, an African American first because this what people see. I also identify with African American history, culture, family structure and faith practices. But alone in my house where I […]
Michael Havis, Brooklyn, NY. I think the word racism no longer defines the conversation we should be having. The image of racism in America is of the KKK or southern slave owners with whips. Being racist and being a good person are not mutually exclusive. Racism today isn’t being a part of lynch mobs or […]
Lindsay Svendsen, DeKalb, IL. This project is amazing, but I wish things like this did not have to exist in order for so many to open their eyes and their hearts. How we appear on the outside does not define who we are nor should it be the basis for any judgements.
Cynthia Deras GA Are you hispanic? Why dont you speak spanish? What part of Mexico are your parents from? Say something in Spanish! Your not really Mexican if you dont speak spanish. Basically thats the reaction I get from the latino community when someone finds out I dont speak Spanish. I lost Spanish as a […]
Jordan Yee Fremont, CA The biggest illusion is the illusion of SEPARATION. We all have the same roots and we are all branches of the same tree. People constantly ask me my ethnicity- I’m Black/Chinese/Norwegian but that doesn’t DEFINE who I am (it just gives me my good looks lol) .. but I don’t want […]
Destiny Baker Raeford, NC The only thing that defines how you are as a person is you, not your past, culture, and especially not race.
Jamie Lee Myers Jacksonville, FL Many people seem to identify who they are by their race. We also all seem to have a tendency toward making assumptions based on how people look. I am fair with naturally red hair that is currently blonde. Most think I am Irish and that is in my family tree, […]
Justina Adarkwah Christchurch, VA I’ve always had a problem with identity, but ironically I realized it was me that thought I had a problem, it was society, my community, everyone else who had an opinion about ‘what’ I was and who I should be. I’m not sorry to let everyone one know that its not […]
Ashley Stefanowicz Hampton, VA
Christian Rigby Heber, UT I believe that everybody has the potential to become the person they want to be. We should not let things like our race or ethnicity define our purpose in life. This means two things. First it means that we must make it our job to not judge others biased on their […]
Repeka Touli Murray, UT So I Am an ALIEN, Apparently “Alien” is the one word I grew up hating because when I was old enough to carry an Identification card (for having a job), I thought it was the coolest thing ever because it made me feel like I‟ve grown up and I get to […]
Catherine Cranston, RI People do not call me a white girl but the girl in the wheelchair.
Mari Filer Tuscaloosa, AL
Reginald A. Taylor North Bethesda, MD
Ann Lewis Richmond, VA Racism is a system of oppression that only People of Color can experience; there is no “reverse racism” or racism against white people, because there is no system which intentionally oppresses them. If you are white, you can experience prejudice or even discrimination based on your race, but you will never […]
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 […]
Georgia Gausdioso Encinitas, CA
Ty Pethe Seattle, WA For better or worse, we are social creatures that innately create groups of people like us. Whether it’s race, nationalism, gender, sex, ethnicity, economic class, sexual preference, religion, culture, age, sub-culture, political identity, philosophical identity, geographic identity, etc., we all tend to find value in our own (shared) identity. It tells […]
Emily Gadient Des Moines, IA Drake University
Harmony Mason Spokane Falls Community College Spokane, WA
Matt Bentz Submitted via Twitter: @mbentz27 Drake University Des Moines, IA
Kyra O’Kelley Atlanta, GA
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 […]
David G Robertson United Kingdom
Marcus Atlanta, GA Born of African American parents, raised by my African American mother and Irish-German (adopted) father. Big brother to a bi-racial sister and my cousins are white, Asian and Latino.
Mark Fitchett Morristown, TN
Rosita Gonzalez Madison, WI I am not who I seem. Roads converged to make me a person of three races, of which only one sticks. My children only identify with the one that sticks. But I cannot tell them much about that race that defines them. I blog about it to examine and heal both […]
Yamel T. Colorado Springs, CO I was always pushed away because I could not speak English when I was little. As a result people never really got to know who I really am. I feel like people should never assume or outcast a person because they speak only a certain language, because they never get […]
Jennifer Cantrick Ann Arbor, MI While in reality race is one aspect of thousands that makes a person who they are, in America more often than not race is used as a defining characteristic rather than a descriptive one. The disproportionality in the way people see race over every other factor besides gender as a […]
Randy Welles Colorado Springs, CO
Katie Devor Ann Arbor, MI
Emily Rosenthal Ann Arbor, MI
Kendrick Mejia Jamaica Plain, MA No matter what box you check at the end all that matters is how you feel about yourself.
Kai Brown Boston, MA Often times I feel that as soon as people see me, they label me as a certain race and adjust their expectations of me according to the stereotypes of my race. If you have to judge, please judge me by my actions and not my skin color.
Olufunbi Eboda Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan
Lauren Machado Lakewood, CA
Roger Fisher Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan
Grazzi Bindlesmock Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project – University of Michigan
Rachel Pak College Park, MD University of Maryland
Jennifer Guadarrama Morris, MN
Sarah College Park, MD University of Maryland
Jalessa Allen NC Listening I heard a young man, Davon, proclaim his race does not define him. Your race describes you. Your characteristics describe you. All theses things together define who a person is, not a single characteristic.
Melissa Dobsen Ann Arbor, MI
High School student Washington, DC
Joseph Reeves Paducah, KY Define the word N….. and get busy if it defines U! I am of confused heritage and descendant of lost stories. My history has been lost so I fight not to allow the Black Hole of my genetic pool to swallow me whole. Who am I? Why won’t they talk? I […]
Julia Watson Iowa City, IA