Jason Fong, Los Angeles, CA. Asian Americans have been in the U.S. for hundreds of years and yet we are routinely excluded from discussions about race relations in America. I’m in the 11th grade and I learn nothing about Asian Americans and our long history in America in my U.S. history class. I don’t think […]
Brett Corey Miller, Athens, GA.
King Kellz, Fayetteville, NC. We only learn what America has taught us about our specific race.
Ruth Santiago, Rochester, NY. A very close long time friend said this to me. I was totally taken off-guard. I asked for an explanation. She stated, “the fact that I came from a home with both parents, parents who loved us, encouraged education, and values”. It actually made me angry to realize that this is […]
Stephanie Lucianovic, Menlo Park, CA. My words come from Hamilton, and they have become even more powerful for me to remember and say to others since the recent election.
Regina Hatten, Japan. I grew up in a predominantly white area with family who used racial slurs regularly and racially profiled all those who were different. As an adult I learned how wrong they were and I don’t want that to be who I am.
Bobbi Josephine Smith, Spokane, WA. We could learn a lot from others if we only took the time to get know them.
Francis Lafayette, NC. Much like modern Germans, lower class white males in America have been granted a shame about their past. We’ve been told the History we learn in school is Eurocentric, but as a former social studies teacher, I can tell you that most Americans cannot tell you who Louis IV was. Or John […]
Sierra McGeoghegan, Weymouth, MA. Growing up and even now I am always denied my Mexican heritage by lots of people of all races. I am Irish + Mexican and a few other races. My family treated my Hispanic blood as a taboo, the Latinos I knew as a child rejected me once I shared I […]
Melissa Lush, Dayton, OH. Can we learn to recognize the racism that lives within us even when we swear it does not? How to reach inside our being to find that spot that requires one to be a hate filled racist?
Cynthia Lawrence, Carmichael, CA. Working together we can learn from each other and build a better community.
Canary Lee Burton, Wellfleet, MA. It’s hard to read to hard core hate messages, hopefully they will stay around long enough to learn something.
DeAnna Ecke, Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth University
Anonymous, Monmouth University
Sophia Leavitt, USA. I haven’t thought much about my race until talking about it in class. Now I realize that there is so much that I don’t know and so much I need to learn.
Kim Floyde, Montrose, CO.
Rebecca Robrahn, Holland, MI. No matter how much I try to learn and read and participate in conversations, I’m told I can’t understand, will never understand, that my privilege blinds me. I know I can never truly feel the experience of living in America as a black, Asian or Latina woman, but I *AM* trying. […]
Kelsey Connolly, Wilsonville, OR. “Think Grace, Act Grace, Teach Grace” I have always been a learner at heart, but not necessarily an excellent student. In school, I learned best by looking at examples and modifying the results with my own knowledge, and that worked out very well for me… up until I left my little […]
Tyler Brown, Topeka, KS. What knowledge do I gain of a person by being told their race? Am I told that they have certain facial features and a certain color of skin? Even these qualities vary greatly within each race. If you tell me their race, I learn nothing about their cultural heritage, their family’s […]
Patrick Vandergriff, Lakeland, FL.
Metris Batts-Coley, Miami, FL. I wish we could talk about race openly so we can learn from each other.
Mariela Barriga, Seattle, WA. Collected from The Race Card Project, On Location: Seattle Community Colleges
Ellery Sills Portland, OR
Sandy Harris, San Francisco, CA.
Danielle Stewart, Oakland, CA.
Zoë Johnson, East Lansing, MI.
Ryan Palmer St. Louis, MO Nope
Anonymous Student New York City, NY I know this stuff.
Ted Hochstadt Falls Church, VA This is approximately what my mother said to me when I asked her why our African-American cleaning woman could not read the word I asked her about from my second grade reader. The conversation with my mother occurred in Brooklyn, NY almost 65 years ago, but I still remember that […]
Sameer Belgaumi Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan I’m a Pakistani-American who grew up in Saudi Arabia. I hear this question so often that I wish I had a better reason than “I was born speaking it.” The truth that English was one of the first languages I learned, seems like such […]
Melody Rabassa SUNY Potsdam, NY No difference. We are all human We can learn. Just need time