Image portrayed, impression made. It DOES matter.

P. Contreras, Benicia, CA. How you choose to dress gives an impression about you. Whether that impression is accurate or not no one will know unless they get to know you. But, they won’t get to know you if your image repels them. Example. Teenage Boy (black, Hispanic, Asian, white) in your neighborhood in jeans […]


I pray for my son everyday

J Hill, Canton, OH. I am the proud mother of three children, two girls and a boy. They are all adults now. Every mother worries about her children. But I feel especially concerned for my son. He has done everything well so far in his life, entering his senior year in college, no kids, hardworking, […]

Police harassed undercover cop wearing hoodie.

V. USA I’d rather not share my name right now due to the sensitive nature of the incident. While working undercover, I decided to duck into a burger joint to get a bite. It was cold and drizzly outside. I was wearing a hoodie. I am Latino. It was about midnight. I admit that I […]


Dress like trouble, seen as trouble

Mike Arlington, VA I’m tired of people dressing, acting, talking like trouble makers, gangsters or criminals then complaining of discrimination. You will become as those with whom you associate. Each individual has the choice how to dress, act and with whom to associate. If they want to be treated as the scum of society, they […]

Because I’m White, I’m presumed racist.

Robert C. Reynolds Sapulpa, OK All races and societies have racist individuals. Yet because I am caucasian, I feel I am singled out, profiled as a racist by non-whites, merely because of my appearance. That is as wrong as any profiling of hoodie-wearing black youth as up to no good. Who speaks up on my […]

You go, she held her purse.

Michelle V. Rowley Adelphi, MD I was in my supermarket recently. I had just left the gym, dressed in my tights, Puma gym bag, iphone in hand, black hoodie. I was about to turn onto an aisle at the same time as an elderly white woman. Out of respect for her age and slower speed, […]

Polo, Khakis, Sperry’s, still a N*****!

Chaddirck G Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan No matter how I dress, what I do, or say I am viewed this way on U of M’s campus, in the state of Michigan and outside of it. No matter what I do to lesson the fear of me being a Black and […]

I’m allowed to wear a hoodie.

Bethany Banner Kalamazoo, MI I realized this today when I walked out of the grocery store, into the rain, and pulled up my hood so that I wouldn’t get too wet while walking to my car. I’m a petite white woman; even with my hood pulled over my head, I’m not perceived as a potential […]

Their age, not race, scares me

Jack Prewett San Bernardino, CA Many teens act like they are 10 ft tall, can live forever. I don’t know what happened in Trayvon’s case but I’m 6’5″ and 300 lbs and feel uncomfortable when confronted by young adults no matter what color they are. Standing with their hands in their pockets and they have […]