Maria Pacheco, Riverside, CA. My parents never graduated high school. None of my family members have ever been to college. But this Chicana wants to be the first one to make a difference in my family to show them that it is never too late to go back to school and earn a degree. I […]
Lynn Jacobsen Rocklin, CA Inspired by others entries on this site.
Akira Uchimura, Outside USA. I was born in Costa Rica, raised in Paraguay, Ecuador, Bolivia, El Salvador, Suriname, Japan and Chile (3 to 4 years in each country). I didn’t notice any difference between my friends and I until the “So where are you from” “Do you have a foreign name too?” and “Where did […]
Hilary Gladstone, Chesapeake, VA.
Kristen, Two Rivers, AK. Grew up in the 60s in south Georgia. As a child, I didn’t know there were differences. I didn’t know to discriminate. They tried to teach me, but I don’t think I ever really learned.
Mary Collins, Fort Wayne, IN. Colorblindness is not true appreciation of differences.
Sarah Peterson, Fort Collins, CO.
Jesila Desir, Bradenton, FL. Why should what we look like and what we come from make a difference in how we live and how people are treated?
Rose Collins, Syracuse, NY. Highschool Student ’16 I believe that if we don’t appreciate our differences or acknowledge the fact that we are all different, then we will repeat the prejudice and pain we’ve seen in our past. We all have different stories and cultures, and if we don’t acknowledge that then we will be […]
Fred Sullivan, Saddle Brook, NJ. There is a major difference between seeing color, and othering. I want people to affirm our joint unity without discriminating against me for my particularity.
David Ringlein, Lansing, MI. It’s really not about race; it’s about any way we can separate.
Jose G. Martinez Flores Mayaguez, Puerto Rico The essential fact that we are all human, regardless of any difference.
G. Arunima New Dehli, India I am visiting from India, and for many of us the civil rights movement, and the debates and politics of race have been deeply formative in our political growth.
Rashawn Love New York City, NY Brooklyn Only when people stop stop see the difference in each can we build a foundation that can’t be broken by fear of others,the hate of the unknown, and the greed of personal gain.
Tien-Cheri Ellis Grand Rapids, MI
Margaret Maxstadt Milwaukee, WI
Ali Hill Chicago, IL People have always boasted the importance of a first impression, but I don’t understand why. The very first impression, in almost every case, is superficial. We see someone and judge them, we hear someone and judge them. Have a conversation. Discover all the ways you can relate to someone, despite how […]
Shawni Dye Marysville, WA
Elsie Pettit Nashville, TN
Anna Shaw Deltaville, VA This is the question that my brother and I were asked by native children in the Bahamas. Each member of my family has freckles and these are not the cute sprinkle over the nose—these freckles, especially during the summer, become large dots that cover our entire bodies. At the time I […]
Jean M. Hebrard Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project – University of Michigan
Melody Rabassa SUNY Potsdam, NY No difference. We are all human We can learn. Just need time
Sarah J College Park, MD University of Maryland