S. Aleana, Ocala, FL. I did not come from a privileged white family. My family line on all sides traces back to the early 1900’s. They were poor Irish immigrants. I have been told I do not understand how minorities feel because I am white and privileged. I have never been handed anything in life, […]
Ahpaly Coradin, Pembroke Pines, FL. It is easy to forget that discrimination, ostracism and prejudice are not the exclusive currency of the white race. As much as I have been discriminated against by whites in America and abroad, I have suffered similarly from my own kind, in all my lands of origin.
Celeste Havis, Jacksonville, FL. Science and religion alike informs us that the concept of race is an illusion. Why do we continue to hang on to this antiquated concept when it only serves to divide us? I have dedicated my life to building positive human relations and now it appears to me that we are […]
Tac Mohamed, Miami, FL. I’ve heard it from friends, co-workers and many in between. Other variations include: You’re pretty smart for a black man. Is that a compliment?
Noah Clayton, Lakeland, FL. In the past year I have started be become really fond with Bass fishing. I caught my first Bass towards the end of 2012 and ever since then I have become “hooked”. As I was watching videos on YouTube and doing a little research on techniques and places to fish I […]
Carl DuPont, Coral Gables, FL. How many times have I heard this? One million. One many times has it prevented me from being hurt? Zero.
Danielle Petterson, Tampa, FL. I have light brown skin and I consider myself to be mixed. Most people have a simple-minded belief that “mixed” means that one parent is black while the other is white. To me, it runs so much deeper than that. I have 4 grandparents from 4 different countries: Puerto Rico, Curaçao, […]
Dahomey Abanishe, Secrest, FL. As a child in Kansas, I always assumed I was African-American and not because of what I was culturally but because of how I looked. I am Truly a Nigerian American culturally. My father is Nigerian and I was raised eating pepper stew and listening to Fela. No one fried chicken […]
Brenden Gartner, Tampa, FL. Being Cuban is not a bad thing. Embrace your Race because that is what makes you who you are. Its a big chunk of your identity. Who cares what people think about your race? That’s who you are. If your embarrassed about your race then you will never figure out who […]
Izarya Nathan, Miami, FL. Whenever I speak out against wrongs being done I immediately become ostracized and veiwed as a threat to status quo.
Lisa Lendved, Winter Park, FL.
D’Lauren Oxidine, Delray Beach, FL. As a future doctor of education, one would assume that success would be highly attainable. However, because of my age, gender and race my level of success is different from my older male and female counterparts of different races. Knowing this means treating my entire doctoral experience as an unofficial […]
Don Williams, Jacksonville, FL. People have a tendency to use the wrong words, the wrong tone to others and when questioned they pass the buck, they refuse to accept what came out of their mouths, its easier to blame the other person for your short comings.
Laura Abercrombie, Mulberry, FL. I am a 27 year old biracial (mother black, father Russian and Romanian Jewish descent) woman. I was born and raised in NY, transplanted to rural Fl when I was a teen. I am also one of Jehovah’s witnesses. Basically, I’m very used to being on the fringes, the “token”, the […]
Jennifer Bohannon, Jacksonville, FL.
Kevin Ramos, Lakeland, FL. Why does everyone think I’m Mexican?
Tony DellaCrosse, Jacksonville, FL.
Anderson Brown, Jacksonville, FL.
Leslie Cole, Lake Worth, FL.
Cherrice Robinson, FL. I am a black girl. That is my race, not a description of who I am as a person and it’s definitely not a label. Just simply my race. I am proud of my race but the sooner we realize our race is just our race and nothing more, the sooner we […]
Roberto Solis, Homestead, FL.
Christopher Wydler, Miami, FL. People always ask me does it bother you that more than 90 percent of the university you attend contain African Americans? My response is simply I see people for who they are not because the skin of their color.
Larry, Orlando, FL. In closing up my elderly parents’ home, I was given some family news I did not expect from a relative I haven’t kept up with. It seems she did genealogical research and found out my grandmother’s family was deported in 1912 because they were Jewish. They came to America again a few […]
Brooke Piburn Lakeland, FL
Alyssa Yates Orlando, FL I was going to say something about how it pisses me off that some people assume that my life has been easy just because I’m white (in some 6 word format), but then I thought about how bigoted I am against rich people. I’m not even a hateful person, and it’s […]
Paolo Parent Hollywood, FL Not hung on race, but very well aware of what’s going on in the world.
Bobby Flam Miami, FL Owner of Jumbo’s, the first restaurant in Miami to integrate. READ MORE on Bobby Flam and Jumbo’s: Miami Diner, Pioneer in City’s Race Relations, Serves Last Cup Jumbo’s Restaurant Closing Its Doors By FRANCES ROBLES JULY 22, 2014 MIAMI — While the line of white customers used to snake out the […]
Michael Jones Winterhaven, FL
Jessica Danielle Jensen Tampa, FL I am the product of two people who only saw “who” there were, not “what” they were. Because of their bond, they produced four daughters (including me) who I believe are very beautiful. Mixed-race children represent the beauty that comes from open hearts and open minds. And, they have GREAT […]
Morgan Fort Lauderdale, FL My now three and a half year old brother named Kendall was born to two crack addicted parents. My grandmother now has full custody of him and is his Mother figure. My grandma goes a few times a week to the Walmart across the street to do her grocery shopping. Benny […]
Mara Floyd Fort Myers, FL Doris* and my mother have been best friends for over 40 years. Both teachers with their masters’ degrees, the two women from neighboring cities met at an educational conference. They were as different as could be. One was married, one was divorced. One owned a house, the other lived in […]
Alia Laurence Orlando, FL When I was 18, we found out that we were not simply Cherokee and various shades of European pale. (My father always considered being part Cherokee his ‘greatest shame’.) We found out we were also part African. Specifically, African-American of Malagasy descent. Not that this should’ve come as a great surprise […]
Marianne Akkerhuis Navarre, FL White genes don’t dominate; they’re recessive!
Jamie Lee Myers Jacksonville, FL Many people seem to identify who they are by their race. We also all seem to have a tendency toward making assumptions based on how people look. I am fair with naturally red hair that is currently blonde. Most think I am Irish and that is in my family tree, […]
Lois Mendez Catlin Carrabelle, FL
Courtenay M. Miami, FL I live in a city where racism is alive and well. Many say “You’re in Miami, there is no racism”, or “People don’t treat people like that anymore,” and the most used response I hear is “Maybe it was a misunderstanding.” If someone mistreats you, how can you debate with them […]
Scott Kirlin Larson Leesburg, FL
Jorge Valladares Orlando, FL My parents came to this country as undocumented immigrants from Honduras, Central America. Their three children provide public service of some kind – I work with students with disabilities at a public college; my sister is a high school Spanish teacher and my brother is a former post-9/11 US Marine and […]
Joan Goldbach Winter Park, FL When I was in high school, the classrooms were integrated. The cafeteria, though, was segregated – by choice, not school mandate. Please tell me that this isn’t the case anymore.
Theresa Goldenberg Melbourne Beach, FL In Zora Neale Hurston essay “How it Feels to be Colored Me” she explains that she didn’t realize she was black until she moved to Jacksonville Florida and it was reflected in how people treated her. When my son started applying to colleges he quickly realized that most of the […]
Brooke Cobbin Jacksonville, FL For years, I have been pleasantly surprising people because when they read my name Brooke (Morgan) Cobbin they expect to see a white girl. When they read my essays, my emails…they think I am white. It’s funny to me because of how names are trendy. How many Madisons do you know […]
Eddie Smith Lakeland, FL At least our children seem to understand this. We must allow them to value this reality and stop passing our ignorance on to them.
Joyce Jordan Fort Myers, FL This incident occurred when I was 7 years old. I never forgot it and remember watching her get back on the bus. It changed forever how I feel about race. To me Jessie was a friend. I never even noticed that her skin was different than mine.
Gayle H Swift Palm City, FL It is essential that we become color-respectful instead of color blind. As we value all colors of the human rainbow, we are all elevated in mutual respect.
Champagne Girten Miami, FL
Nicole Moriarty Tallahassee, FL I’m white and I’ve been living in the south for about 5 years and this crazy thing continually happens to me: white people see the color of my skin and assume, wrongly, that I harbor the same ignorance and racism that they do. Don’t get me wrong, I’m aware of my […]
John P. Moultrie Ormond Beach, FL It’s taken sometime to get to this point, but we are finally together. Sixteen years ago, we met and at that moment, I knew she was the one for me. But that was not the case for her. Years later, through heartache and divorce for both of us, we […]
Marsha Leibson: entry of for a 4th grade student Miami, FL Submitted for a student who just encountered the term. His class is working on the Civil War.
Tyler Patterson Tampa, FL
Jeffrey Miller Tampa, FL Our rich history, our artifacts, our language, even our names were taken from us.
Marsha Leibson: entry of for a 5th grade student Miami, FL This is a fifth grade student’s work. His name is Alex. He has a good understanding of what he thinks racism is.
Pete Kersey Vero Beach, FL To clarify…it doesn’t matter if you are talking about mixed marriages, mixed blood lines or pure stock of any race….all are human and should be treated with equal high levels of human kindness and dignity.
Kay Perrin, PhD Tampa, FL In 1983, we adopted a black 8-week old baby boy in Tampa, Florida. At the time, we had a biological boy, age 3 years. I would frequently take my older son to preschool and then run errands with my newly adopted black son. Twice, complete strangers would walk by me […]
Chené Olgar Tallahassee, FL
Maggie Martinez, WEST PALM BEACH, FL. When I get the chance to check “other ” on any form it makes me feel as if I am tearing down another little wall and letting the form creators know that I will not be put in a box. Race is fake and constructed to keep people of […]
Amanda Jones Melbourne, FL
Jessica Carmona Fort Lauderdale, FL People always insist on the fact that because I am from the Dominican Republic I’m Haitian. No. I don’t think this is so because I don’t follow any of the Haitian customs and I’ve never even been there. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with being Haitian it’s just that […]
Claudia Vero Beach, FL Scary but enlightening’s
John Orlando, FL People need to strive for MLK Jr’s ideal instead of pushing race all the time.
Kelsey Spriggs Boca Raton, FL Everyone is put under a stereotype. However, people don’t understand that saying I am dumb because I am blonde is also putting me under a stereotype. My hair color doesn’t affect my intelligence. I can laugh at blonde jokes too, but my blonde hair does not define me.
Linda Bailey Vero Beach, FL
Bonnie Howard Fort Pierce, FL
Marlene Resnick Sarasota, FL My Uncle Eddie was my favorite uncle. He took me to every carnival, fair and circus in town. He was Irish, my only non-Jewish relative and he was my hero. Aside from the ethnic confusion he created, he was the kind of mentor, supporter and playful companion that I wish for […]
Christopher Saldaña Seattle, WA While I was helping my ex’s father move from California (my home state, from which I have since moved), he took a break to talk to some neighbors. He then decided to say the new state he was moving to was better because it “didn’t have as many Mexicans”. While I […]
Diane Berrian Viola Port Saint Lucie, FL Great project!
Nadine ZeBelle Orlando, FL I feel guilt for things I have never done, that my child will never do or say. Even as our generations move together I see people looking at me with anger, saying I have “privilege”. Believe me, my life is anything but.
Jennifer Davis St. Augustine, FL I am a white mother of two bi-racial children. It is hard when society identifies them as black when they are an equal part white. But more than that, they are Milo as much as they are Jen, they are outspoken as much as they are unsure, they are me […]
Jake Farnum Homestead, FL
Nona Orlando, FL Tired of being asked, “What are you?”
Aaron Reich Boca Raton, FL I am white and Jewish and I sometimes get insulted by others for being Jewish. The insults are mostly meant to be taken as jokes, but sometimes they are too far. I’d rather if they weren’t said.
Micheal Bowen Lake Hamilton, FL No matter what I do or what I accomplish it will only be what’s expected. No one wants to talk to the white man that is doing well, only the black man or the female have a story worth hearing.
Jill T. Furutani Orlando, FL I am a 3rd generation Japanese American. I used to reply that Yes, I tried very hard to lose my New Jersey accent. And why are all Asian women mistakenly called Kim?
Miriam Lennmark Tampa, FL If you want to really look at how race affects us, look at sisters. Sisters with the same biological parents, same home, same everything…except the color of their skin, hair, and eyes. Our lives are so different. She looks Caucasian…I look…well, brown. Most people will tell me I look Latin, but […]
Deborah Llamas Plantation, FL
Mary Garris Lakeland, FL This was the response when I asked my son if his new friend in Kindergarten was a little black boy. He didn’t even know what I meant. When I tried to explain – he declared that he wasn’t white, he was pink. Prejudice is taught, not inherent in us.
Shelagh Mullings Coral Springs, FL A white supervisor said this to me in 1965 when I was the lone “Negro” working in a white collar job for a large international corporation in San Francisco. I am a naturalized American with light skin (yellow) who was born in Jamaica, BWI. I was well-spoken, quiet (shy), and, […]
Grace Terrfy Tampa, FL People are hung up on color but our lifeline is our blood and that’s where we are all the same color. “White” is the color of paper so none of us is white. At best it would be a cream color. If so anti Black why spend hours in the sun […]
Nicole Tampa, FL The chains are made of air, light, invisible, yet ever present and omnipotent.
Rhonda Wiggins Ormond Beach, FL
Shelby Mentor Ormond Beach, FL You have to be aware, of not just yout well being but of the others around you.
Elvira Randall Lakeland, FL
McKenna Carlson Lakeland, FL
Laney Anderson Lakeland, FL What I mean by this, is it’s your choice to be happy or not. Even if times are rough, you can still choose to be happy. Life isn’t perfect, there will always be hard times but it’s up to you to still put a smile on your face. You have to […]
Soleil Baker Lakeland, FL Its ridiculous that people still view minorities, or anyone for that matter, to be less than themselves. Everyone is human, we all deserve respect. Hatred doesn’t solve anything; it won’t make the problem disappear. If anything, you’ll be feeding the fire.
Austin Howard Lakeland, FL I recently found I have a black grandfather on my mother’s side, making me 1/4 black.
Rachel Crooks Tallahassee, FL As a woman with a Mexican mother (“Mexican” to signify “mixed race,” although my mother has been identified by some as being Native American or Filipino or ‘Asian’) and a Jamaican father (his ethnicity is never questioned, though his nationality is reduced to ‘African American’), I grew up in a strange […]
Steve Morris, Seattle, WA. In the mid-1950s my father made a business trip from our home in Connecticut to Florida and back. He decided to make the trip by car, and to take my mother, my brother, and me along with him for a family travel experience. In the Deep South I witnessed undisguised segregation […]
Rob Jones Ocean Ridge, FL I remember as a 6 year old in down town Tampa in 1953, having seen colored drinking fountains and bathrooms for the first time, that it was not right.
Christine Ortega Gaurkee Saint Petersburg, FL Being Hispanic in this country sometimes puts you into many different worlds without even realizing it.
Brooks Fountain Tarpon Springs, FL
Alexander J. Nesmachnov Lakeland, FL The bombers of the Boston marathon were first mistaken as Russian. Many still believe they are, and me (being Russian) have been labeled socially dangerous by certain individuals