Stan Pitts Anchorage, AK I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and was 10 years old during the fateful year 1963. My father was a Birmingham Police officer terribly conflicted between upholding the law and the treatment of the civil rights participants. My trusted adults and role models, the church leaders, scout masters, and teachers, taught [...]
Eddie Savage Gilberetville, IA There are bad people in the world, black, white, brown. the color of your skin does not matter. I know I am judged being white and a cop. Racism no matter what anyone says is HORRIBLE and needs to end, but so does the hate children are taught from a young [...]
Brett Maisel Nacogdoches, TX As a young, naive police officer I mistakenly thought most people would appreciate my sincere desire to help and protect the citizens of my community. I was shocked to find out that some people (who didn’t even know my name, background or what was in my heart) hated the very sight [...]
JJ JONES Roanoke, VA I am a happy person by nature. But as each day progresses I see the results of a group of Americans that just don’t get it by my standards. So I ask myself “what can cause them to be more like me?”. I believe if this group, who have failed so [...]
Vivian Li San Jose, CA I deeply appreciate my heritage as a Chinese-American. It has taught me about a complex culture, thousands-of-years-old ideology, and a strong sense of identity. I am proud of the country my ancestors hail from and its incredibly rich and its understudied history. It has given me beautiful looks, and the [...]
Samantha Lauren New York, NY Hate when people have the audacity to say to ANYONE that they ought to “just call themselves American” instead of Afro-American, Asian-American, Polish-American, or whatever. I am an American and as an American it’s my RIGHT to identify however I choose; I am an American of African descent, therefore I’m [...]
Glenny Brock Birmingham, Al Submitted via Twitter: @glennybrock Always code. In fact, most of the people I’ve heard say this were people who themselves CHANGED neighborhoods by leaving. Glenny’s 6Word essay launched an interesting exchange via Twitter, follow along below…How do you weigh in on the topic? Comment below. I hate [...]
Star Houston, TX I am a 15 year old middle class white girl. I lTexasove everybody. Why do black/mexican/etc. people I have never meet bully and a avoid me? I go to a school where my brother and I are the only white kids, and he is my only friend. Racism is real and its [...]
Katie Moore New Echota, GA I used to hate the way I looked growing up. My mom & brother had fair skin & freckles & I had darker skin & hair. I like the way I look now. I’m proud of my heritage. I am of cherokee, creek, German,& African decent. I stand taller than [...]
Zuhura Hussein Houston, TX
Kiwana Johnston Detroit, MI One of the things I’ve hated hearing the most is, “I didn’t know dark skinned people could be pretty until I met you”. It is a double sided insult that smells of self-hatred when expressed by other black people & cruel ignorance when expressed by other races. It’s as if people [...]
Wendy Stokesbary Cedar Rapids, IA I went to middle school with lots of African american students and noticed the boys seemed to admire my curvy figure- I was flattered, not frightened, because no one ever tried to hurt me. I grew up with a curiosity and respect for diversity, and partly because of my professional [...]
Jo Pembroke, NC Why call me racist because im white and believe in traditional values… i feel its not fair I can help what people did before my time. if so shouldn’t black Americans hate Africans for selling them to European traders also??
Joel Bass Englewood, CO The idea of race was created to keeps us apart, to make it easier for us to harm each other, to make powerful people even more powerful. It’s arbitrary, it’s hateful, and in my heart I can see a world without it. I ache for that world.
Christine Marriott River Falls, WI I lived in the south, born in 1956. I saw awful things as a little white girl from a racist dysfunctional family. They taught me how not to be. Maybe it was because they treated me like they treated black people. My school was segregated early. I got in so [...]
Sarah Why would you hate someone you’ve never met and hate them just because of the way you look?
Walter Belbot Comstock Park, MI
S. Anwar New York City, NY Brooklyn
Chaudie Sacramento, CA I was raised to hate white people. However, as I grew, it only pushed me towards them. I couldn’t and will not trust my own race. I’ve been burned too many times. I work hard to be aracial, and picked my Portuguese husband so my children will have a better chance in [...]
EMIDIA WEINSTOCK New York City, NY Manhattan I think that AFRICAN AMERICANS SHOULD have gotten equal rights and that they should of been treated the same as everyone else.
Jermaine Lowe New York City, NY Brooklyn The people and the culture will always be copied, subjected and hated. Luckily, we will endure and continue to influence and inspire those on both spectrums on love and hate.
DANIELLE ABRAMS New York City, NY Brooklyn
Krystal Moss Columbia, SC I’m 16 years old and growing up around Blythewood SC was a really hard thing. When I was little kids would call me a mutt and pick at me. They’d try to cut my curls off and say many hurtful things about my race. For a long time I was afraid [...]
Carlton Yearwood Arlington, VA Why the killing, why the hate, why the rape and tears…why, why, why? If we cannot love and respect one another, why should anyone be willing to offer a supporting hand?
Steph S. WA I recently had a family member decide that he doesn’t want anything to do with me because I refuse to believe that my race or sexual orientation makes me in any way superior to any other human being. Apparently (according to this family member) the bible says White people are better than [...]
J.S. Oklahoma City, OK I am me. I come from a long line of intolerant, hate filled family that would sooner walk away from those who are different they are rather than stay and learn and revel in the diversity. I am me and I am never going to be that which I seemed destined [...]
Ernest Henson Longview, TX African first question Black man’s last
Margaret Middleton Little Rock, AR Lyric by Oscar Hammerstein, from “South Pacific”. You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late, Before you are six or seven or eight To hate all the people your relatives hate, You’ve got to be carefully taught.
Jeannette Seattle, WA I have a good friend who is African American. We have always got along, but as of late I’ve seen her make a posts on Facebook that are passionately negative about white people. Sweeping negative generalizations- white people are all ignorant, will remain ignorant. It is disheartening. If this is how she [...]
David Rodgers Eugene, OR The University of Oregon
Debra Brown Sprindale, OH My question is based on my belief that though things are better in the US between the races (by ‘races’ I mean Blacks and whites, specifically); there is an underlying animosity from white people, as a group, against Black people, as a group, that persists. I am not referring to individual [...]
Jennifer Chain Eugene, OR
Courtney Randolph Norfolk, VA I’m actually Native American. I hate this phrase. So generalizing.
Chelsea Lowe Boston, MA In 1959, my mother was engaged to marry a man who wanted a black best man at their wedding. Even though my grandfather had made a point of drinking from “colored” fountains when the family drove south to Florida, this was–you could say–beyond the pale. “I can understand an old family [...]
Brad Lapinski Birmingham, AL Black, white, brown, orange, purple – get an education, get a job, even if you feel it’s beneath you and contribute to society.
Carol Carrow Bodofsky Edison, NJ Born in 1950, I have lived through changes that were long overdue. In the sixties, as much as my friends and I worked to eliminate prejudice and discrimination, we had no idea how bad it actually was in our country. Only looking back through photo and video journalism of the [...]
Michelle Martinez Tempe, AZ As a mixed child of divorced parents, a White mom and Mexican dad, I overheard a lot of racist talk in my mother’s family. Even though I never heard her say anything, she never disagreed, either. She sat quietly through it, not promoting it, yet not speaking against it. I often [...]
Mark Babbitt Clayton, NC I was born in 1954 in Western Massachusetts. I was raised to be color-blind. I still remember a friend of my father, who was black, came to our house in the late ’50s and had a reel to reel recorder. Thought that was the coolest thing ever. The color of his [...]
Neil A. Sookdeo Baltimore, MD With six degrees, four from grad schools in the USA, I cannot compete fairly to teach African or Caribbean history in which I have a Johns Hopkins doctorate. I have NOT even experienced such race hate even in apartheid South Africa because I look Asian. I know fear feeds racism. [...]
Judith Hickey Austin, TX Since I became disabled and had to live with and among blacks, I have become very prejudice. I am fed up with their whining and always using their race for every darn excuse. All of our ancestors were slaves when they first came to America. My kin, the Osage Indians, were [...]
Anonymous USA Child of holocaust survivors, saddened by all hatred
Steven Bryan Atlanta, GA I’ve been pushing Taxpayer funded school voucher programs (K-12) for over 20 years. Public Schools are rewarded for doing a pathetic job educating our children; but, they do a great job spreading Hate. This has been going on since the 40s—Read: ‘Autobiography of Malcolm X’ Or ask Blacks who’ve taken ‘Black [...]
Ian Cyr Springfield, VA I read once, that those of us who are white and in our late 20′s and early 30′s (and probably those outside that age range) have been put in a difficult position by society. We’ve grown up being taught one thing – tolerance, equality, etc., while at the same time, growing [...]
Chad Oiastad Madison, WI Just that I’m glad social norms have changed. Anyone who views my mixed race kids as anything other than just kids is now the outsider, at least where I live. It’s better this way.
Taasha Columbus, OH Everyone has something to say about how mixed race people get to define themselves. It’s deeply personal and we didn’t really ask for your opinion.
Matthew Middletown, NJ I am a 6th grade student at Bayshore Middle School and some of my friends get made fun of by their race. I think that racism is very cruel and it should be stopped. It doesn’t matter what race you are, you should always be treated fairly.
Josey Balenger Minneapolis, MN
Alpha S. DeLap Seattle, WA
Theresa Salomon Parkland, FL A few months ago, as my 7 year old son was about to seat next to a class mate, he was told that Blacks should stay on the other side. That sentence changed our lives. My son and I had many conversations about racisms, and throughout I was able to redirect, [...]
Jesus Morales San Jose, CA
Ann H. Baltimore, MD I am always amazed and mostly saddened that people will use slurs or other hateful speech and assume I agree with them. “What can you expect…”?, “those #$% are buying up all the stores and gas stations”. I am so glad to have reached the age where I no longer let [...]
Anonymous Orleans, MA I have no problem with anybody doing anything no matter who they are as long as they’re not hurting anyone else. I’m white though, and feel like people who don’t know me will just hate me because of the history of white prejudices towards others.
Patrick Lawrence Chandler, AZ Growing up white in Hawaii during the seventy’s the color of my skin gave 85% of the population an excuse to hate and attack me daily.
Amelia Barnard Gainesville, FL
Carolyn Fuller San Antonio, TX
Lantien Chu Lander, WY I am Chinese and get profiled as Native American, followed in stores, refused for rentals. Kids have asked me if I wear a coolie hat or when I’m going home (to China). I’ve lived in my small Wyoming town for 30 years and my kids (Eurasian) were born here. I try [...]
L. Williams NH When I complained people laughed. No parental correction. My husband and children are black. I vow to no longer be exposed to this hate.
Reesa Motley Reynolds Annapolis, MD
Susan Knight-Smith Marietta, GA
Sarabjit Baveja San Francisco, CA Over two hundred thousand innocent Sikhs in this country are being routinely hated, victimized, profiled and discriminated against because they wear turbans as part of religious attire. Little Sikh children are being severely bullied in schools. Please help stop this madness, please stand up for your Sikh neighbors and friends.
Toni Wilcox Tampa, FL As I age I become less and less optimistic that we, as a nation, will ever be able to leave racism in the past or to heal thoroughly. In my more morose moments I think that maybe we will, but then we’ll just find other basis for hate.
Myra Evans Cleveland Heights, OH Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation
Susan Knight-Smith Marietta, GA Read more about the racial divide in Marietta, GA.
Margaret Middleton Little Rock, AR Submitted via NPR’s Talk of the Nation Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, from “South Pacific”: Apropos of the ‘subconscious racist’ quote. You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late, Before you are six or seven or eight To hate all the people your relatives hate, You’ve got to be carefully [...]
Marc L. Watts Fullerton, CA Keep up all the good work that you do. I’ll always view you as that younger sister I never had.
Kim Brown Submitted via Twitter: @KimBrownTalks
Allan Arthur Martinez, CA
Crystal Woods Lagrange, GA We don’t talk about it nearly enough.
Submitted via Twitter: @glennybrock Always code. In fact, most of the people I’ve heard say this were people who themselves CHANGED neighborhoods by leaving.