Evan Sorem, San Diego, CA. I am a human being. I have lived nearly all my life in California. My ancestors have lived in California, Illinois, Wyoming, Utah, Tennessee, Virginia, Norway, France, Italy, England, the Netherlands and who knows where else. So, people view me as a “white” person. In my 40’s, I have learned […]
Jonathan Aaron, Owings Mills, MD, As a Jew, I have always been intrigued by how Hitler twisted Jewish identity, indicting Jews as having bad blood and thus being an impure race requiring extinction. In the summer of 2015, I visited Berlin and discovered a fascinating art exhibit that challenged people’s notions of identity and asked […]
Mekdelawit, San Francsico, CA. I have faith that people mean well; no one wants to hurt another human being for no reason. That’s a liberal belief. However, reality fails me at times and I lose hope. The reality is, many are willing to step on others to get to the top, but I believe it’s […]
Sophia Carroll, San Antonio, TX.
Jasneet Kaur Palaha, Ann Arbor, MI. University of Michigan. Sikhism, a monotheistic religion from Northern India believes the idea of simplicity, therefore requiring to never cut your hair, along with other requests. Men usually tie their hair neatly in a turban, whereas girls commonly let it down. Wherever we were, my father would be frisked […]
Douglas Moore, Sharon, VT. Raised white, male, Midwestern and Republican the movement broke open so many of the absolutes in my life.
Elon Race Card Project, Isabella Cannon Room, Center for the Arts
Yvette T. Waters, Boston, MA. Diversity is the strength we share for reaching common goals and moving forward. This is the key to the true democracy of our beautiful country.
Erik, Netherlands. Obama said in Athens: “To see different cultures and meet different people is important to understand ourselves and our place in the world. Here, so many ideas about democracy, notions of citizenship and rule of law began to develop. That is something of value.”
Cynthia Groya, Princeton, NJ. Princeton
Susana Gluck, Minneapolis, MN. There has to be open and sincere talk about race, our perceptions and preconceptions. Each group has to be able to hear the goods and bads we perceive about each other to find common and higher ground and an acceptance of our shared humanity. We can be critical but also loving.
Tammy Trouche’, Canadian, OK. I may appear to be white, but I am as colorful as my ancestors. I can’t imagine a world without color. Mother Earth would be dull and lifeless without the purity of the colors. That is true of ALL people. We are full of color, paint humanity in FULL COLOR.
Tia Cunningham, Charlotte, NC. I love people & our world. I hate corrupt systems. Due to my love of humanity, I am compelled to speak up against injustices throughput the world.
Carol Mowen, Greencastle, PA. When I first wrote this “race card” in 2014, I had firmly placed a period at its end. In 2016, I am moved to revise it slightly – to add the question mark in parentheses because I am not as sure we’re on the trajectory from hate to love as clearly […]
Arielle Ramey, Atlanta, GA. I see humans but no humanity.
Cesar Murillo, Riverside, CA. It has always seemed a bit odd to hear people claim “white pride”, “black pride”, “brown pride”, etc. We don’t get to choose our skin color so what is it that we’re proud of? The same can be said of one’s birthplace or ethnic background, they are things we can’t change […]
Tracy Drake, Chicago, IL.
Charlie Knight, Indianapolis, IN. The color of ones skin; ones sexual orientation; and/or ones religious beliefs have absolutely nothing to do with ones humanity. Simply put, I believe in Equality period.
Fred Sullivan, Saddle Brook, NJ. There is a major difference between seeing color, and othering. I want people to affirm our joint unity without discriminating against me for my particularity.
Ben Sheehan, Los Angeles, CA. Georgetown Day School Equality of opportunity can only happen when humanity at large recognizes that certain people are born with certain racial, cultural, and economic privileges. Once we begin to acknowledge that, we can start closing the prevailing opportunity gaps. We have to acknowledge that the reality exists before we […]
Matt Henegar, Jonesboro, AR. I think the we should quit focusing on minor labels, like black, hispanic, asian, and all of the other skin tone variations, and focus on making the world better for all of us.
Kirk Fortune, St. Louis, MO. Recognizing the humanity of each other below our differences is our greatest and most important challenge for each of us.
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.
Shawni Dye Marysville, WA
David Mooney Seattle, WA Humanity will evolve faster when we alleviate our fear of each other.
Heather Emlund Seattle, WA
Desiree Fletcher Submitted via Twitter: @fletcher_hayes Drake University Des Moines, IA
Billy Cosby Salt Lake City, UT Everybody has one. No one is better than another. None is superior or inferior to another, yet it is one of the devices we use to judge and classify each other. Racism doesn’t belong to white people. It belongs to all races of people because all races to some […]
Harriett Fargnoli Rockville Centre, NY It’s so hard some days to make sense of anything. Humanity, not color, should define us. I was born in the Midwest to non-racist parents. I moved East where everything is ethnic.
Joe Gandalf, Pickens, SC. At age 5 I was told that “negroes” (the polite term in the 50s) were no different from any one else. Little kids believe anything their parents tell them. An entire lifetime has never shown me differently.
Community High School Swannanoa, NC
Miles Spencer Kimball Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan
Jorge Janeiro Geraardsbergen, Belgium I’ve learned that it’s not about ethnic origins, it’s about human nature. There is good and bad everywhere in this world, regardless of gender, religion, color or sexual orientation. Our humanity is the link that binds us. Lack of it, is what could extinguish us.
Jae Columbia MD I have never understood racism except that I understand that we are all prejudiced and that it is a part of the human condition.
Anonymous San Francisco, CA Had it been the other way around, the story wouldn’t be such big news. Nobody would think to doubt the black man’s guilt.
Allan Arthur Martinez, CA
Vanessa Valdes New York Racism is not *seeing* the person’s humanity, it’s sticking everyone in the pre-assigned box and results in shock when human complexity dares to defy the formula.