When I entered high school, I quickly learned terms like white privilege, white fragility, and microaggressions, which challenged my identity. While I understood I benefited from white privilege, I did not like the label. Still, the racism embedded in our institutions and the frustrated feelings of my friends motivates me to want to be part […]
Sarina Bhandari, Los Altos Hills, CA. My parents grew up in India and had an arranged marriage in 70’s. Shorty after, they moved to the United States. In 1992, they had me, a first-generation Indian-American. I grew up with a lot of privilege, and I’ve never felt silenced by dominant society. In fact, I’ve never […]
Annette Madden, Concord, CA.
R.E.A.L. Talk, High Tech Middle Media Arts, 7th Grade Trailblazer Both my parents grew up in Mexico. When people see me they think they have to translate in Spanish for me. It seems everyone always asked “Do you know English?” When I was only six, the stereotypes I was exposed to were “You look Mexican, […]
Anonymous, Summerdale, AL. To fully understand the reasons why race is such a hot button topic in my opinion,is that one must look at the historical basis that set the foundation for the racial discord in this country and beyond its shores.We will never be able to get beyond race until we are truly able […]
Elon Race Card Project, Isabella Cannon Room, Center for the Arts
Randy, Richmond, TX. Dividing ourselves is counter productive. It will not be easy, not everyone will be on board. Love, respect, communication, and unity has to be the formula for change.
C.S. Concord, CA Shouting at each other over the fences that divide us hasn’t served us. It shows a fundamental lack of respect and obscures any attempt to view each other, our opinions, our inclinations and needs in a measured, reasonable way. We have to be able to face each other, look each other in […]
Corinne R., Florence, AL. All the time I talk to people who are terrified by the “worst case scenarios” of reaching across racial, religious, and other cultural divides. And I do understand–multiculturalism involves an element of risk, just like LOVE involves risk. But I believe that taking those risks–bridging those gaps–is our only hope for […]
Wen Wen Yang Dallas, TX I tell people I’m Chinese-American. My parents are Chinese, born and raised in China, while I was born and raised in the United States, so I think the term Asian-American is accurate. I am straddling the divide, but leaning towards American – I’ve never been to China and do not […]
Justin Singh, Cupertino, CA. Race shouldn’t divide us and we shouldn’t split ourselves off based on the color of our skin. If we do that humans in general wouldn’t be strong as we are together. In our ancient past we survived by being together and living harmoniously. If we continue to split ourselves off based […]
Yasmin Nielsen, West Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth Unviversity
Wali Shakur, Santa Fe, NM. Disband all use of the word race (and all of it’s uses) and most economic models will collapse. Peace.
Christina Guirguis, Manhattan Beach, CA.
Karen Bernod, Brooklyn, NY. Fear and ignorance drives HATE. The World continues to change becoming more diverse. CHANGE is always good. LOVE conquers ALL!!!
Tony Cunningham, St. Cloud, MN. I was going to say “blue,” but that would be a big adjustment. If we were all one race, we’d divide ourselves in other ways, but still, I’d like to make it a little harder to do so.
Lezlie Graebel, Mount Shasta, CA. Science has showed us that our origins are from Africa. With the exception of those in Europe who have the distinction to carry some Neanderthal genes. The gene for light skin has also been traced to a relatively recent mutation. What divides us,; what unifies us; what protects us is […]
Catherine Kehl, Cleveland Heights. OH. When we divide ourselves into “us” and “other” we don’t only lose the other, we lose ourselves. I was twenty-seven before I realized that my mother sometimes spoke to me in Spanish not because she’d picked some up in college before travelling in South America in her twenties, but because […]
Dallas Yates, Dunwoody, GA. Race is merely a form of innocuous classification used to identify and group individuals of a common heredity. The concept only becomes socially divisive when people begin to erroneously assume that their own race is inherently superior to others and act in accordance with a such a belief.
Samantha Charter, Phillipston, MA. My six words may seem a little odd until you hear the story behind them. I am white and my boyfriend is not. I grew up in a small predominantly white town and because of this the few non white families in town tended to stick out a little. No one […]
Susan Knight-Smith, Marietta, GA.
Delilah Mulgannon, New York, NY. All my life, I’ve been told that I’m not “really” Latina because I don’t speak Spanish fluently (which is ridiculous). Who are you to tell me who I am and who I’m not? I grew up in a mixed household (Ecuadorian mother and Polish father) where Spanish was not spoken […]
Kyler Harrington, Syracuse, NY. Student ’16
Ernie Lee Savannah, GA Struggling with my whiteness and my student’s blackness until we connect. I am a good teacher and after a while I don’t color just students who want to learn. It is more of a socio-economic divide, but I will never know what it means to be black as my students will […]
Deirdre M. DeLoatch New York City, NY Brooklyn Sometimes we focus on the differences that divide us, but we are more alike than we are different.
Jason Ledbetter Livingston, TN I am tired of race baiters using terms like “white privilege” to divide us. We should be working to come together, not separate ourselves by the color of our skin.
Anonymous Seattle, WA Diversity is a gift that has been manipulated to segregate people. Divide and concur is how the system of government controls so many people but to be able to overcome this one must first accept Everyone for what they stand for and not what they wear or there pigmentation.
Debra Nelson-Gardell Tuscaloosa, AL
Richard Finnegan Plymouth, MA
Shawn Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan
Bruce Mannheim Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan I divide my time between two countries, the United States and Peru. Both have long histories of (very different forms of) racism. In both, there are public rhetorics full of good intentions. But the micro-injuries of everyday racism–death by a thousand small cuts–pervade both, […]
Shauna Message Body: Pensacola, FL
Susan Knight-Smith Marietta, GA. Read more about the racial divide in Marietta, GA.