Ted Mittelstaedt, Portland, OR. I was born in 1966 and by age 13 I knew how to solder and by age 15 I was building electronic devices from schematics. By age 20 I had taken apart and put back together several different kinds of computers and written code in assembly language. I also have a […]
Emily, Philadelphia, PA. I am a white American. My family is here because the Turkish government was committing genocide against Anatolian Greeks in the early 1920s. My grandmother lost her family and came to NY, and when Smyrna was burned she had no home to go back to. The confederacy does not serve my family. […]
Brent Vuglar, Houghton, MI. Just like any controversial subject where people do not see eye to eye, people tend to be close-minded to others opinions. This development of tension plants a seed of anger to one another. I myself grew up in a not so very diverse suburb, and when I was younger I believed […]
Evan Contreras, Puyallup, WA. Music is powerful. Share it with everyone, and you may find more in common than you expected.
Ashley Giles, Spokane, WA.
Alex Campbell, Aurora, IL. People come in many different shapes, sizes, colors, and with different histories. It is unreasonable to pack many millions of people into one single idea. Terms are made to have wide acceptance and understanding and that is fine. However, generalizations (especially race) should never go past the simple idea of convenience.
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Drew Middleton, Summerville, GA. My six words are about people thinking that they are different but they are all basically the same in one way or another.
Fess Makame Justice, Oakland, CA. This is a quote by Shakespeare who helped organize the Bible.
Ashlyn Herd Denver, CO In 2012, the top choirs at Denver School of the Arts took a trip to Boston, because we had been accepted to perform in prestigious settings such as Berkley College of Music, Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and Harvard. In Bellissima (our 33 member, 9th and 10th grade all women’s choir), […]
Amanda Durante, Westfield, NJ. Monmouth University
Robert McAlister, Lexington, SC. Grew up in segregated south in a single parent home. Always felt on the margins but later in life realized my mom was ahead of her time in accepting and seeing everyone as God’s children.
Claire Tomaszewski College Park, MD University of Maryland
Aaron Harmon, Sacramento, CA.
Kathleen E Lo Pinto Vignolini, Long Branch, NJ. No other group, except maybe the Jews, have had such a long period of discrimination against them. From Slavery, to post Civil war (the North won the battle, but lost the war!) of Jim Crow, “separate but equal” led to Segregation both de facto & legalized, all […]
Debra Farmer, East Lansing, MI.
Dominique Peranich Half Moon Bay, CA Everyone, whether they admit it or not, is racist. People may not realize this, but due to stereotypes, bias, and where someone may have grown up, they may feel a discomfort or distrust towards other people of a different race or background. For instance, many people when stuck driving […]
John Swissler Jr. Madison, WI It is usually said that the two topics you never raise in polite conversation are religion and politics. But my experience is that most people can have a far more useful conversation about either of those than they can about issues surrounding race. Gunnar Myrdal is still right: it remains […]
Rianna Johnson-Levy Ann Arbor, MI Your own opinion on race doesn’t matter, how you identify doesn’t matter. Race is all about how others see you and treat you.
Christopher Sandoval Irvine, CA This may seem like a statement for someone to tell others, but its something I have to privately tell myself. I am a Mexican American engineer highly educated gay man. No mater what avenue I turn to for acceptance I will always stand out. Even in a family with six siblings […]
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 […]
Doris Engelhart Rochester MN
Matthew Stanley (All credit due to Avenue Q)
J Paula A. White Fernandina Beach, FL
Lucia Biundo, Sacramento, CA.