Greg Miodonski, Houghton, MI. Growing up in a mostly white, middle-class neighborhood, I took a lot for granted. I never realized how much privilege I had for simply being white. As we become older and recognize these vast, senseless disparities created between groups of people, it seems like we should use our privilege to help […]
Bryan Fishkin, South Orange, NJ. As a white male who reaps the unfair benefits of institutionalized racism, I must make it an absolute priority to find actionable ways in which I can help alter the system to better promote actual equality. Acknowledging that the system is broken but doing nothing about it is just simply […]
Lynell, Nashville, TN. “We live in a system that espouses merit, equality, and a level playing field, but exalts those with wealth, power, and celebrity, however gained.” ― Derrick A. Bell, Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth
Stacey Wicksall, Macedon, NY. Those who have traditionally been able to oppress others also are the same group able to lift others from oppression. The power to transform is in this group’s control. Will the group choose to oppress and suppress? Or will they instead decide to progress by elevating and empowering? The lives of […]
AH Simpler Birmingham, AL
Dmity Mirov, Russia. History was built on power struggles. A ruling class clashes with a subjugated but prosperous middle-class which employs the lower class as soldiers of rebellion. Equality is a lie the dominant classes have developed to control the proletariat and usurp their opponents. Equality itself is an illusion and those who seek it […]
Maynard Hearns, Santa Cruz, CA. The black story in america is very simple: we were slaves, and then we weren’t. We were never given freedom, or equality. When we begged for it, we were lied to. When we Marched on Washington and pleaded our case, we were shot in the back of the head. When […]
Janice D. Stone, Graham, NC. Equality and equity are two different dimensions. We are all of the Human Being race!
Anonymous, Purcellville, VA. Living in a world where quotas of minorities must be accepted into major institutions, being a white male becomes a disadvantage. If I am paired against a minority of same academic and extracurricular achievements as me, I will most likely be brushed aside. I believe the only true way to make things […]
Bernard Victor, Sunrise, FL. Being smart and intelligent can be the best thing for communities and society but it can also be the most dangerous thing. Please, make good
Katie Foxx, San Jose, CA. I shouldn’t have to feel ashamed of who I am. Because I was born white people automatically assume I’m racist and have had everything given to me and have never bared any hardships myself, and never been a victim of racism. I shouldn’t have to worry about everything that I […]
Harleen Thind, American Canyon, CA. The reason why I chose these six words are because my mother and father are of different races, my father is European and my mother is Indian. Indians and Europeans were enemies in the past, they despised each other in the worst of ways. My father decided not to care […]
Becky White Feather Riney, Quincy, IL. I am Native American and Caucasian. I hate knowing that there are people out there that simply because of the color of a person’s skin means (to them) they think someone Black (African American) or any race OTHER THAN WHITE is less than or undeserving of their acceptance, love […]
Matthew Richard Rosu, Riverton, UT. I feel that all people are born colorblind, and if we just treat everyone by the golden rule, then there would be a lot less hate in our Nation, and around the world. That may be pie in the sky thinking, but we can always hope.
LaPortia Barrows, Daytona Beach, FL. My parents fought for not just my equality but my children’s children’s equality. Why is that I still have to explain to my children that some people are not going to like them just because of the color of their skin? Why do I have to shield my children from […]
Mekdelawit, San Francsico, CA. I have faith that people mean well; no one wants to hurt another human being for no reason. That’s a liberal belief. However, reality fails me at times and I lose hope. The reality is, many are willing to step on others to get to the top, but I believe it’s […]
Jason Nilsen, Olympia, WA.
Michele Moreno-Cheverez, Santa Barbara, CA. Everyone deserves equality, equity, respect, compassion, empathy and a chance in life. One world~one people.
Rylan Martin, Spokane, WA.
Esther Wakeman, Spokane, WA.
Andrea Canchola, San Antonio, TX. As a young, Latina, woman I feel that I have to be better than everyone just to be equal. I’m tiny, short and I will boss you around. Just because I’m a young Latina woman doesn’t mean that I’m not as good as you. I’m probably better because I had […]
Michelle Finley, Lambertville, MI.
Alexander Korukov, Los Angeles, CA. What is more to say?
Jonny Cecka, Richmond, VA. I have always had progressive attitudes about equality and so-called “race,” but visiting the Lincoln Memorial with my adopted 13-year-old son, Ace, was profoundly moving and made me understand the sacrifices of Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., and countless others in a deep, personal way.
Charlie Knight, Indianapolis, IN. The color of ones skin; ones sexual orientation; and/or ones religious beliefs have absolutely nothing to do with ones humanity. Simply put, I believe in Equality period.
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Terryn Brown, Harrisburg, PA. We are offered and promised equality as a right, but when we say we are just as equal as the next person it becomes a controversial topic is society.
Nate Handlin, Portland, OR. We need to end the labels, this only breeds division to us all. Instead of us vs. them, would it be nice to say this is our country, these are our issues we need to deal with, not theirs, not my people. but Americans. Was this not the reason we became […]
Kathy Devine-Henry, Smyrna, DE. Prior to my twenty-seventh birthday, my eyes were not completely open. Up until this point I believed that Martin Luther King Jr. had solved all the race issues in our country and equality for all was the law of the land. Then I began teaching at a Juvenile Detention Center in […]
Jake, USA. Empowerment and civil rights for African Americans has not always translated into equality for those with Asian backgrounds. We may be viewed as model minorities but often we face discrimination and racism, especially from the African American community. One would think given the civil right movement, they would have understood what it meant […]
Catie Cowell, Stockbridge, VT. In our society, we need to remove the chains from individuals. We need to open the door and see what’s behind closed doors. Show us what equality looks like!
R. Lutz, MI. We will reach the point of true equality in this country when, rather than saying “I’m black” and “I’m white”, we recognize that we are all flawed people who make mistakes. This doesn’t mean we can’t recognize and celebrate our differences; we just need to focus on the fact that we are […]
Chris Wehunt, Overland Park, KS. So much focus is put on splitting up races, every time the race card is used in the media you see social media flipping out, looking for cases of white or black people being attacked by the opposite race, then guilt tripping not only mass media, but society as a […]
Miles SC Out privilege is a curse when it comes to wanting to help voice the problems with race.
Adrian S. Bennett Bremerton, MA I am dedicated to Equality for all persons and the values that make up Diversity. As I journey through my career as an Equal Opportunity Adviser and an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist and Program Analyst, my hardest realization has been that some people will always see me as an oppressor… […]
Wynter Williams Brooklyn, NY
Sydnie Cunningham Tulsa, OK
Amalia New York City, NY Brooklyn
Tony James Brooklyn, NY Can I buy equality?!…Because i don’t see it for free..NO WHERE! No lol.
Samuel Boot Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Equality – There is no equality, the Caucasian are more powerful. Freedom – The African-Americans have no rights, they have no power. White – Caucasian people and their power & cruelty. Terror – The terror that the African-Americans had to go through. Power – Unequal power of the two races because […]
Jarrod Bennett Bennett Hunterville, NC I’m a heterosexual white Christian male. Every day, this notion that I’m more privileged than everyone else, and that I have to “level the playing field” in the name of “equality” is shoved down my throat. Helping and caring about people shouldn’t even involve race. It should involve who the […]
Victor Goode Long Island, NY America’s first revolution was enshrining the value of liberty into our constitution. The Civil War Amendments, 13, 14 and 15 enshrined equality as a paramount value of American life.
Amy Blue Tulsa, OK As a white girl in a top-ranking and racially diverse high school, I could not understand why the student population segregated itself racially. I saw all of my classmates as equals and felt a strong sense of responsibility to make others see their classmates in the same light. I climbed out […]
Attica New York City, NY There is no equality if even the most disadvantaged has no voice, no words.
Lillian Kilduff Kingsville, MD I will never be able to walk in another person’s shoes and fully understand their life. But I think that being educated about other races besides my own is a step towards greater equality.
Nancy Carr Robertson Grafton, NH I am primarily white, and my views on race (equality) and my serious relationship with a black man were enough for my family to shun me for several years. Our relations have never recovered. I am still, at the age of 61, an oddball outsider to my family — even […]
Lincoln Ferris Seattle, WA When meeting someone we don’t know, our ancestral mind seeks to confirm “are they one of mine, or not.” That means we must work in every encounter to be open to discover who this person is by what they say and do, not by what the visual cues may conjure up […]
Ashley S. Elkton, MD People say I’m privileged, that I’m treated better because I’m white, and a woman, and a Christian, that I had educational and professional opportunities that would’ve been closed to others. Does it make me a bad person because I grab at every chance and don’t let go, because I know that […]
D. Frost VA The goal is to embrace diversity for all; not just for minorities. Everyone one should receive the same rights and NOBODY should receive special treatment or advantages.
Darryl W. Ewings Philadelphia, PA
Rondrea Danielle Mathis Tampa, FL
Gail Dawson Mt. Pleasant, SC I consider myself a liberal non-racist, always a fighter for equality for all, but have to honestly admit that latent racism resides in me.
Bobesh Silhavy Naples, FL Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.
Adam Rosen Ann Arbor, MI We can see in color, not black and white, but this doesn’t mean we should judge or be judged based on the color we see. I am a citizen of the world just like everyone else is. I believe that our citizenship of the world makes us equal and no […]
Joseph Werner Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan
Kate Chisolm MD I get a lot of nasty backlash for discussing race relations and social inequality. I’m told to shut up and stop trying to change things, but I’m not trying to harm anyone. I want to be informed, and I want equality.
Jessica Raleigh, NC Not “seeing color” is not offering equality. It is a way to silence our stories and negate the mistreatment. Be willing to accept that we are not on a level playing field. THAT, my friends, is equality.