White is not a single race

Slaton Anthony Mount Vernon, IA My last ancestor came to America before 1800 all from England, France and Germany. My ancestors fought and died in almost every American war, I was raised in the Cookson Hills of rural Oklahoma and believed that I was part of the American white culture. While attending college in Oklahoma, […]

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African american boys like my booty

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 […]

So wish it didn’t matter still.

Sharla Yeutsy Urbandale, IA I’m a white 73 year old grandmother of seven who has always lived in the midwest. I am grateful that I grew up in a family that judged people by the “content of their character” I rejoiced when we elected Barak Obama two times as our president and am so pained […]

Aunt Lucy would be ashamed

Kevin Potts Des Moines, IA Drake University Mankind is surprisingly homogeneous, having evolved from a common ancestor. Our distant relative ‘Aunt Lucy’, the Australopithecus Afarensis hominid, would be ashamed to see how much hatred exists within her ‘family’ on the assumed prominence of racial differences. That is, if her species had the brain capacity to […]

European American just doesn’t make sense.

Emma Croskrey Des Moines, IA Drake University During my senior year of high school we were filling out our College applications, and I remember I had this one friend that really wanted scholarships because she didn’t have a whole lot of money. Since her family moved over here from Germany she figured she could say […]

Constant awareness is difficult but necessary

Mark Reiter Drake University Des Moines, IA I grew up in a very white Catholic community. I always understood that there was more to the world then what was in my community growing up, but there’s no way I could have anticipated just how different everyone’s backgrounds could be. It’s hard to always be aware […]

To Understand, you have to listen.

Michael Wendlandt Drake University Des Moines, IA Current culture is so based on social media and on entertainment, that stereotypes are becoming more and more commonplace among the youth. Because of that, no one has taken the time to listen to issues about race in America recently, at least to the point where they deeply […]

“Flesh color crayon: now “peach.” Hope.

John Calvin Miller Fairfield, IA “Flesh” color crayon: institutionalized racism revealed These both relate to an incident at U-Tapao Thailand where I served as Race Relations OIC during the Viet Nam war. I helped design an embroidered Brotherhood patch for sale to airmen. When it was first being made, I went to the tailor shop […]

Black youth obligated to be intimidating

Brent Hixson Des Moines, IA Why is our culture so tied up in image? For a young Black or Latino to walk into a store with hood down and face fully exposed is perceived as weak. Actions must always portray power, in charge and make others around them uncomfortable and then ask the question why […]

Modern black culture mitigates successful opportunities.

Dean Morgan Des Moines, IA It is my belief that individuals who embrace a number of aspects of modern American black culture mitigate successful opportunties for themselves in our society. Modern cultural characteristics include children without fathers, gangster rap, educational indifference, or selecting for children multi-syllable African influenced first names. Admittedly, the lack of opportunities […]

Interracial marriage isn’t a bad thing.

Ryan Wilcox Urbandale, IA My parents moved my sister and I out of Milwaukee in the early 1970’s to avoid the repercussions of desegregation. We were very young at the time so we did not understand the reason for the move. Later on my siblings and I attended an inner city high school, Washington Park […]

Overcome prejudice… Embrace differences… It matters!

Sharon Beck Iowa City, IA I love the line from the movie Temple Grandin; “Remember…different, not less.” I think this can apply to any group subjected to prejudice and discrimination <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/cpkN0JdXRpM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>