Jonathan Bennett, Forest, VA. The only problem is it does and to too many. America, the America I grew up in, was described as a melting pot where diversity was supposedly celebrated. Now I see that there was always a thin veneer of racism strewn throughout my childhood that still persists today, especially with this […]
Lorna Dianne Stookey Fredericktown, MO It cut deep, the aftermath of the 2008 election. I woke up to find racism splashed across the front page: “We finally got one of OURS in the White House.” Whose “ours” was he? He’s multicultural, multi-ethnic, and multiracial! He’s European American and African American. He’s “Everyman.” Could have been […]
Charles Hirsch Mount Washington, MA I had the wonderful opportunity to grow up in a multicultural community. I attended daycare sponsored by the Jewish Community Center, was a confirmed member of the Congregational church (United Church of Christ), I chose to enroll at Catholic Saint Michael’s college where I learned about Catholicism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. […]
Stephanie Lucianovic, Menlo Park, CA. My words come from Hamilton, and they have become even more powerful for me to remember and say to others since the recent election.
Emma Lamson Edirisinghe, Canada. Following the U.S. election, hatred and bigotry have reared its ugly head in Canada, too, where many think racism isn’t a problem like it is in the neighbour to the south. There have been crimes and assaults particularly against Muslim and Jewish people, including a shooting at a Quebec mosque that […]
Andrea Catala, Burke, VA. It seems that half of the U.S. felt fear and panic of non-whites or immigrants taking over our country. Well now I’m fearful and panicked that half the country hates non-whites. Is that true? Was this election truly an anti-establishment referendum? Or was there sexism and racism that tinged the voting […]
Victor Jimenez, Philadelphia, PA. After Donald Trump being election, I feel as if the word Hispanic has changed drastically. I am not Illegal, a rapist, or a thief.
Kelly Ferrell, Sterling, VA. I am disappointed but not surprised that charismatic politicians have taken the easy route and invested in hate rather than commit to making our country and our world more inclusive. Home-grown extremist groups that terrorized communities of color had been marginalized for some time. Now they feel that they have an […]
Vancouver, Submitted via Twitter: @JAY_MC In Kenya for humanitarian work right before the election. Things got hairy and I was stuffed in a secret part of van.
Gary Seven Nashville, TN All during the election season, conservatives were claiming that President Obama did nothing to unify the country about issues of race, (as if he were capable of, and was singularly responsible for doing so by himself.) Their claim was that he was the most divisive president in history when in fact […]
Meg Paul Hattiesburg, MS Recently, we had a very close mayoral race between the incumbent and his challenger. It was brought to light that there were many irregularities at the polls and particularly with illegal absentee ballots. The problems with process were very well documented and needed to be addressed. The only way to do […]
Peggy Wagner Kimble Glencoe, IL President Obama’s election in 2008 was one of the highlights of my life. The relentless racist backlash against the President diminishes all of us every day.
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Joseph Washington, DC from an essay I wrote in 2008: IN 1980, THE year I ran for president, the country was mired in inflation, the malaise of the Carter administration was about to be overtaken by Ronald Reagan’s Morning in America, and like a lot of the country, Ooltewah High School was swept up in […]
Bill Lincoln, Submitted via Twitter: @born2flie. Mapping of Racist Tweets November 9, 2012 to Mapping by Nathan Yau VISIT: flowingdata.com/2012/11/09/map
Troy Bouffard Submitted via Twitter: @ArcticTroy #TheRaceCardProject
Jill Radcliffe Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation
Jessica Sheffield Age 8 Iowa Jessica Sheffield at age 8 as quoted by her adoptive father, Val Sheffield at the University of Iowa He wonders, “Should I be happy or dismayed by this comment?”
Brad Aden St Louis, MO Those are my six words. I was in such hopes after the Presidential election that we were starting to run the corner and that we’d see some positive discussions surrounding race. During the campaign it was amazing to see such a diverse group of people all coming together in a […]
Brenda Curtright Lenexa, KS The true reality of the historical racial discord in America. During the O.J.Simpson trial and the election of our first Black President, I had never experienced the magnitude of hate and anger exhibited toward Black Americans. The history of these two separate events will be with me all the days of […]