Julie G. Denison, Newport Coast, CA. My alternate card was going to be, “Don’t blame me for being white.” Thank you for bringing this together. I had a hunch that Americans were so much more wonderful than America has seemed lately–hence the “infinite hope”.
Amber Price, Atlanta, GA. I was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I grew up ashamed of my Blackness. I heard the n-word for the first time in elementary school. I prayed every night for God to make me white. At the age of 17 I was told to go sit with the rest of the Blacks […]
Anonymous, USA. Grew up as the only little brown girl in class, always having to explain why my hair grew up to the skies when it rained and the humidity took control of my tresses, then drew tightly too my head. Never getting assistance from the PTA moms passing out red and black combs on […]
Andea Robinson NY If nothing changes, nothing changes.
Janine D Herrera, Rancho Cucamonga, CA. When beginning this exercise, I almost regressed back to my old thinking habits. I came up with the six-word phrase, ‘English language no Spanish still Mexican.’ However, I realized I was going back to what I was delivered from. I used to struggle with my identity. I am Mexican […]
Ellise, Riverside, CA. My race is not what you see, It is what I feel. Do not let your stereotypes fool you, I am happy, beautiful, and peaceful about who I am. I use to be angry with who I was. I have been told “I was pretty for a black girl” all my life. […]
Nikki Hearn, Sacramento, CA. Being “Black” just the way God made me is enough.
Thierno Diallo, Madison, WI. It is really painful to be a minority in the US. It is a heavy ‘extra’ burden that you carry even to bed, hourly. Race is a determining factor everywhere.
Kyle Kruthoffer, Independence, KY. God has his hand over everything, and created everything. We should remember that God has meant for everyone to be equal and remember that, because the only way to peace in this nation and world is through Him and Him only.
Donald A. Dale Lancaster, PA I believe in a loving, caring and gracious GOD and that we are all GOD’S children, created equally.
Amanda USA I have been bullied throughout my years. Being bullied caused a wall to be built around my heart and I couldn’t feel or let any emotions out. I let darkness take over my life, but now that I’ve grown up and found light, I feel relieved. I am who I am, I will […]
Leah Wright, Cartersville, GA. My mom is my hero because she stood tall against her racist family and refused to pass on the fear and hatred my ancestors clung so tightly to. She raised me with the understanding that we are ALL God’s children. That is why I don’t understand so-called Christianity today. So much […]
Jemima Castillo, South Jordan, UT. God didn’t use a cookie cutter when he shaped our lives. We are never going to fit in perfectly and that’s okay!
Edgar Montgomery, Brick, NJ. Monmouth University To know the story of my six words, one just needs to turn on any news channel, daily. Or, check the bureau of labor statistics since its inception. Or, check statistics on levels of incarceration for African Americans. Or, view all forms of media open to human consumption. Or, […]
Matthew, TX. Black, White, Asian, or Pink with Purple polka dots – your skin color is not who you are. Do not obsess over the shade God painted you when you were born. Do not let history define you. Do not allow others to control your actions. Love, respect, kindness. Not hate and vengeance for […]
Kirstyn Paige Andrew, Courtland, VA. No one should be judged, in any way, shape, and or form just because of the color of their skin. Everyone is unique in their own way and can never be replaced. God created us all for who we are and what we are for the better, our outside is […]
Charles Jensvold, Detroit Lakes, MN. Thanks Seretse and Ruth; Thanks Richard and Mildred Loving and all who preceded us and did the heavy lifting. “When will that great day come, when everyone is one, and there will be no more misery and God tells man he’s really free, R E A L L Y F […]
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.
Susanna Gourlay Wilbraham, MA This is a saying my dad taught me. I moved to the USA from Scotland and it was a phrase he told when I was talking to him about how sad it was that people get treated differently based on the color of their skin. The saying means, “We’re all God’s […]
Kathy Mercado Temecula, CA I do not know what it is like to be pulled over by the police because of the color of my skin. I do not know what it is like to be called degrading names because of my ethnic background. I do not know what it is like to be profiled […]
Kristy Lawson, Mayfield, KY. We are all Gods people.
Kirk Ramsey, Morgantown, WV. No more or less than the next.
Ray Magner Amherst, MA I may not be the most religious person, but I do know that the God I believe in has no patience for hatred.
Anthony P. Larson, Phoenix, AZ. I think my six words speak for themselves. We are all children if the same God .
Shay Smith, Kansas City, MO. So the other day, a friend of mine, myself, and other friends, got into a very heated discussion about the plight of blackness in America. Essentially, one friend made the point that black men have a greater struggle than black women. I immediately became defensive. As I spoke with vehemence […]
Chris Cottingham, Dunn, NC. Isolation breeds ignorance, fear. Come together.
Claire Baiz, Great Falls, MT. I was ten years old. On the playground at Emerson School in Great Falls, Montana when a classmate said this to me. During recess.. It was a tough time. My father was at home dying of kidney cancer and I asked my mom if it was true…
Andrea Miranda, Houston, TX.
MochaJuden, Philadelphia, PA.
M. M. S., Morris, MN. Growing up white means that you never have to notice that you are represented in the media more than any other race is, even in situations where that should not be the case (-Exodus: Gods and Kings- I’m looking at you). It means that it’s so easy to turn away […]
Ronald Killebrew, Memphis, TN. If God made be black, he must had a good enough reason to do so, and that is good enough for me. Real talk.
Shane Anthony, Antigua and Barbuda All this inequality among the human race is unneeded, it will only lead to further diversions and devastation between human beings.
Charity Dell, Groton, CT. The beauty of humanity is in our God-given genetic diversity–in all its infinite variety! The DNA molecule is a miracle of divine engineering; we humans are blessed to have it.
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Hunter Andersen, Cortland, NY. Student ’15
Nancy Bashista, Dover, DE.
Mickey Lee Morris, Joplin, MO. When one realizes that the Love of GOD is to be equally shared by every Human Being, Then we will all be raised to a higher level and none are left behind. -Mic
Rachel, USA. We must not be complicit in oppression. Come let us follow the Lamb who has conquered sin and death to bring justice and peace.
Sharon Bandlow, Haslett, MI. I loved hearing you speak at The Wharton Center on the MSU campus. Best wishes with your project!
Unique Martin, Murrieta, CA. I say I’m black because that is how I identify myself. It’s just that simple. I say I’m beautiful because for many years in my childhood, I thought I was ugly. No one ever said I was, but how I was treated, discriminated against because of my skin color, the diversity […]
Kim Laforet, Lansing, MI. When you consider that we were all created in His image, it’s hard to hate a group of people that look different than you. Look beyond race and you will see individuals with unique cultures that should be celebrated and not denounced no matter what the race is……including the White race. […]
Debra Farmer, East Lansing, MI.
Amy Hueitt Gastonia, NC I am black and white. My children are black and white! Genetics play an important role in how we appear. My son looks Mexican because his dad was Mexican! My daughter looks Mexican white because her dad was white! God truly has a sense of humor and He makes no mistakes, […]
Bryan Quevedo Moreno Valley, CA California Baptist University It was not until taking CBU HIS311 class that I have learned a lot about race and how some people are completely ignorant to what has happened in American history. The other day I walked into a grocery store to hear a cashier argue with a black […]
Kurt Huber Monroe, CT My favorite quote on family is from Desmond Tutu. “You don’t choose your family. You are Gods gift to them, as they are to you.”
Jake Coenen Fond du Lac, WI
Don Rackley Chattanooga, TN I know “minorities” who have succeeded as well as anyone on the planet. I also know white people who have failed miserably. It’s not about the Race; it’s about the Culture you choose to accept. I was part of an “interracial” marriage for 13 years, and I got to see how […]
Malley Morales, Dallas, TX. Nowhere in the Bible does it say, “and then Jesus whipped his slaves, who were inadequate because of their skin color.” We are all brothers and sisters in Christ, we are all equal.
Andrea Robinson Freeport, NY To God be the glory, if we are to be a united nation.
Robin Kim Costa Uniondale, NY All things are possible thru Christ our Lord.
Kathy Lynn Gueye New York City, NY Queens Without the elder there is no youth without the youth there is no future….who is holding the cards when the youth can’t see past tomorrow living on broken promises of yesteryear when the dream has become the nightmare WE cant wake up from!
Thea Britton Kansas City, MO
Ravit Ortiz Mountain View, CA Our 6 year old daughter is trying to find her way with culture and beliefs that feels best for her. I was raised by my Jewish Afghani mother (who is came out when she was 40) and my father who is Moroccan (Was Jewish, now Atheist) . My husband was […]
Martin Logan Seattle, WA God knows no races.
Grace Bowling Eugene, OR It’s rough being different. Human nature/society/whatever tells us differences are bad. They truly aren’t and as cheeseball as it sounds, the sooner we start valuing what is inside each other, the better.
John Johnson, Fairfax, CA.
Joseph L Collins Jr Omaha, NE Ashland Avenue in Chicago was the street you could not west of it at 69th street or you would get beat up by White men/boys in the early 60’s. A white priest was a defender of the neighborhood that let that hate happen. God is about Love and that […]
Vicki Zacarías Fort Smith, AR
Dennis Jack Higgs Saint Peters, MO I was raised in West Texas in the 50’s and 60’s. Although racism was rampant around us, we were not raised to be racist. I am now in my mid sixties and still to this day, one incident, when I was about six or seven years old, that lasted […]
Dennis Donnelly Severn, MD Being a practicing Christian I believe that God created each of us in His own image. Not to be confused with or determined by outward appearances but by the essence of our being.
Matthew Neal Detroit, MI Nothing about who I am, where I am from, what I look like, and what I have done will ever have an effect on how much GOD has loved me. I love him because he loved me first.
Bobesh Silhavy Naples, FL Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.
TAB Memphis, TN My God is not colorblind!
Rabbi Jeremy Gerber Wallingford, PA I actually came up with this one together with a good friend who is an Episcopal Priest. We were talking about how skin color has nothing to do with quality of person or hierarchy in the world. Maybe it’s really all about proximity to the equator and the passage of […]
Emily Mueller Athens, OH “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…” (Revelation 7:9 ESV)
Allan Jespersen California, MD
Kristine Paulus Providence, RI
Cynthia Koopman Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Kristy Straub Woodberry Heights, NJ It has ALWAYS annoyed me (since I can remember) when people say “I don’t see color” in an effort to demonstrate their acceptance/tolerance of those different from themselves…… but how offensive that actually is: “I refuse to acknowledge where you come from because our differences may cause tension so I […]
Thomas Voracek College Park, MD University of Maryland My thought after accidentally rear-ending another car and watching the driver get out.
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Doris Engelhart Rochester MN
Anonymous, Oakdale, MN. The Serenity Prayer is used by many different kinds of recovery groups because it helps focus ones strength on the issues one can control and helps to let go of those one cannot control. Its a tough prayer to apply all the time, but the one part I can always apply is […]
Anonymous Marietta, GA Thank you Michele. Lord! How you speak through her!
Robert Franklin, St Louis , MO
Jerrid Crumo, Minneapolis, MN. Race is something that has been going on for the last 2000 years and will continue to go on for the next years to come, but God says Love everyone and says love your neighbor, if he can love and forgive the people that hung him on the cross why can’t […]