YUki Lawrence, KS
YUki Lawrence, KS
Bill Dunn Wichita, KS As a white male with almost exclusively conservative Southern roots going back many generations, I am proud of my ancestral heritage. This pride is not diminished by my awareness of and sensitivity to the experiences and feelings of others with a different racial background. In fact, the ability of many in [...]
Linda Morris Shawnee, KS Growing up, I got teased a lot for being a fair-skinned black girl by kids who would assume and make sure I knew that one of my parents surely must be white or another nationality besides “black” (ah, kids). When I became a teen and young adult, I would get asked [...]
Stephen Pagel Wichita, KS In my early years I saw The Temptations on The Ed Sullivan show and was blown away not only by their singing, but especially by their moves. Through them I discovered the Motown sound, and Stax, and The Philly grove and learned I had natural rhythm. When I hit college, started [...]
Anna Zimmerman Emporia, KS
Nancy Harris Cadwell Mulvane, KS As a small child in the early 1950s, I really loved the black man that worked at the local drugstore. Every time we went to town in central Kansas, I wanted to go see Silas.
Debbie Staton Sterling, KS I was taught from a very young age that God created and loves everyone, regardless of race or nationality and not to judge others by their skin color. But, at 53 years old, I still catch myself feeling surprised at times when the realization hits me that people who look different [...]
Mark Zipf Prairie Village, KS Only cowards bring guns to fistfights.
Jason Adams Wichita, KS I have fought to educated myself so I could raise my family into the middle class but at every job I applied for I did not get the job. My name helps me get into the door but as soon as I walk in the door their eyes get big and [...]
Steven Trammell Wichita, KS
Marta Silva-Serrano Lenexa, KS Sad statement by an immigration officer when I had to fill in my request for a Social Security Number in order to work as a doctoral student in a Kansas University. I am from Spain and I had never been asked about my race before.
Yvonne Ramirez Dodge City, KS There are times where I have walked up to the register and and the cashier assumes I don’t speak English and they speak to me in Spanish. I don’t take offensive because the city I’m from is very diverse so I took it as them being helpful. It does make [...]
Lauren Wiebe Hays, KS I am Caucasian or white, and I am only starting to really think about what that means for me on a daily basis. I’m not hyper-aware of my own race because I have not experienced discrimination or insensitive questions about my heritage/ethnicity/nationality etc. I can humorously call myself a pink person [...]
Miguel G. Hays, KS I always meet a ton of people that get very surprised that I’m Hispanic since I’m not short or dark-skinned . I’ve also surprised plenty of people at work the moment I ‘d speak Spanish over the phone with my parents. I’m very well immersed in my Hispanic culture and am [...]
Samie Hays, KS I work at a university library. Our university is lucky enough to have students from all over the world. We are not so blessed in the fact that we are a rather conservative town. One comment that I hear over and over is “those Asians are ALWAYS in the library!”- as if [...]
Shaley White Hays, KS This is something I’ve heard many times. I like to sing and I sing often for several different occasions and many times people will say, “you sound black when you sing”. One time, after I sang for a church event, a boy went up to one of my friends and asked [...]
Laura Martinez Hays, KS I was born in Mexico and came to the USA as a child. I am so proud of my culture and love Mexico, but I also love the US. When I visit Mexico with my mom people in Mexico see me as not a “true” Mexican, because I haven’t actually been [...]
Tramaine Fraser Overland Park, KS ~Extra credit~ assigned by Professor Seiler @ Johnson County Community College
John P. Olathe, KS Selected from Charlotte Seiler’s Social Problems class at JCCC.
John D Gardner Overland Park, KS I was in high school from 1979 to 1981. During that time there were a few girls that I thought were pretty decent, who happened to be black. I’m white, and was awkward, lonely, scared, and so forth. I figured that if I asked them out I’d be seen [...]
Diana Lambert Kansas City, KS I find that children who have one “white” parent and one “non-white” parent are often decidedly identified as the non-white race. I feel this is biased and speaks to how we feel about the definition of a “white” person. I do not see Obama as the first black president. He [...]
Sandy Beverly Lawrence, KS
Krystle Neal Lawrence, KS
Amanda S. McPherson, KS The people in my life have know idea how motivated by prejudice they truly are; I often fear I don’t either.
Amanda S. McPherson, KS The people in my life have no idea how motivated by prejudice they truly are; I often fear I don’t either.
Alex Lawrence, KS
Cliff Ratner, Jr. Wichita, KS Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation
Emily Smith Olathe, KS Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation