Harry Dapron I was a white, nerdy, shy, socially invisible teenager in senior high school. She was a beautiful, black classmate with a lovely, engaging smile that I would see when she turned around in her seat in Latin class to talk to me! I liked her and she seemed to care about and maybe [...]
Adell Richardson Seattle, WA
Aman Agah Brooklyn, NY I am Iranian, Irish, Azari, and German. Being Iranian means being called Arab. I am not Arab. Being Iranian means being part of a group of people that so many don’t know – even if I say “Persian” – and yet I am part of a group labeled terrorist. I am [...]
Amy Chai New Haven, CT I am “white.” I am not European-American, I do not have permission to honor my heritage with a hyphen. I am simply a member of the melanin challenged group that bears collective blame for something that some British, African, and Arab people did a few hundred years ago. It doesn’t [...]
Nic Rossouw Seattle, WA My son and I are both immigrants. I left apartheid South Africa in 1983. My family are white Africans who have lived in South Africa since the 16th century, only a few of my cousins and I have left. I sometimes half jokingly call myself African-American, but it is not really [...]
Nicole Tampa, FL The chains are made of air, light, invisible, yet ever present and omnipotent.
Raúl Sánchez Seattle, WA Racial profiles are not AMERICAN, I am!
David Moser Seattle, WA My own wrestling with the meaning of the Zimmerman verdict has reminded me of this passage from James Baldwin’s A Talk for Teachers: “When you go downtown you discover that you are literally in the white world. It is rich- or at least it looks rich. It is clean- because they [...]
Catherine Vance Agrella Asheville, NC I’m white, and by definition am associated with some of the worst perpetrators of racism. But I also come from deep Appalachian Scots-Irish roots and have a clear ethnic identity. I do know what it feels like to be mocked for my speech, or thought of as a dumb hillbilly, [...]
Crystal Jasey Jacksonville, FL
Terry Campbell Concord, CA How amazing it’s been to pass from the viability of youth to become the unseen senior. It’s hard to comprehend as we were the generation that would never grow old.
Jennie Clement Riverview, FL Thank you for doing this project. I noticed how my university applications changed in the wake of 9/11; how there was all of a sudden a magical radio button for being Arab. I had previously been invisible; moderately enjoying white privilege until 9/11. I was no longer “white”; which was a [...]
Joe Sturnick Rochester, NY
Tystewrt Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan
C.D.U. VA The first rule of white club is you don’t talk about white club. Whiteness isn’t acknowledged as a race. When we do acknowledge it, it’s often mischaracterized as “reverse racism.” White people have the privilege of being treated as individuals. For most of my life, my own whiteness was utterly invisible to me.
W. Bruce Johnston Albany, NY
Ann Sparanese Englewood, NJ
Shawn Jackson Ann Arbor, MI Understanding race Project- University of Michigan Too many confuse class struggle with racial privilege and it causes them to deny and/or actively oppose the idea that they have any privilege at all. Just because some minorities can excel or some white people are poor in our capitalistic society doesn’t mean [...]
Whitney Baker Portland, OR
Submitted via Twitter: @Only4RM The more I think about the “invisible” Obama, the more I think back on Ellison’s message. Powerful. EXCERPT FROM RALPH ELLISON’S INVISIBLE MAN “I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am [...]