Amara Ihionu, New York, NY.
Amara Ihionu, New York, NY.
Val Andrew, Overland, MO. My parents taught us early on to accept all people and invited international college students of different races, religions, and nationalities to stay with us during holidays. During the Vietnam War we hosted an AFS student from Vietnam for a year. I grew up a few miles from Ferguson and taught [...]
Arlinda Vaughn, Dayton, OH. My partner is a tall, dark muscular black man (with a PHD). When he lived in Texas, the police arrived at a gas station that he was in and tased him 8 times without warning or discussion. My brother (with a degree) has been regularly pulled over. Once, a police officer [...]
Valerie B. Williams, Jim Thorpe, PA. I was born a WASP but now have a muti-ethnic, multi-racial family. It’s our present and future. Diversity makes us special. Love is all that matters.
Tho Nguyen, Greenbelt, MD. Tho is from Vietnam and grew up in Tacoma Amanda is from Oroville, grew up in the Tri-Cities Tho and Amanda met at the Barnes and Noble in the U-Village while Tho was writing his dissertation Tho and Amanda lived in Vietnam for 4 years since 2008 Amanda learned Vietnamese. Tho’s [...]
Ryan Palmer St. Louis, MO Nope
Vivian Li San Jose, CA I deeply appreciate my heritage as a Chinese-American. It has taught me about a complex culture, thousands-of-years-old ideology, and a strong sense of identity. I am proud of the country my ancestors hail from and its incredibly rich and its understudied history. It has given me beautiful looks, and the [...]
Courtney Taylor-Preville England I love being black.
Brianna Zimmerman New York City, NY
Valorie Rancho Mirage, CA Hope you love your heritage, too.
Ashley Toronto, Canada
Erica Bailey Thousand Oaks, CA
J. Torres Kansas City, MO My father is from Puerto Rico, born and raised. My mother is Colombian. However, raised in Panama. They met in the 1950’s while my dad was in the U.S. Army. Us kids always called ourselves PanaRicans. Until my mother gave us her true background. I attended college in Michigan in [...]
Courtney Pearce Bowling Green, OH
Chrystal Roberts Chesapeake, VA
Anonymous Brooklyn, NY I’m not taking on the burden of race anymore. I am who I am, I love myself and that’s it.
Nancy Clark Wilsonville, OR Denmark is black, he has been married to my niece for 24 years and I love him more than I can express. He has always been part of my heart, I can ‘t image life with out him there.
Nathaniel Hunt Glen Burnie, MD My parents are an interracial couple. I am a homosexual young man. And today is my 23rd birthday. Without the Civil Rights Movement, my parents would not have had the courage or approval to find, love, and marry each other. Without it, I may never have been born and if [...]
Kristin New York City, NY The Bronx
Graham Forrester Saskatoon, Saskatchewan These are the six words that I live my life by
Sarah Why would you hate someone you’ve never met and hate them just because of the way you look?
Larissa Duertscher Vienna, Austria I am speaking up – and after this exhibition more than ever!
Dean Solonmi New York City, NY Manhattan
Joe Sexton Brooklyn, NY No people own the market on hate or hurt; every people possess the solutions to both
Walter Belbot Comstock Park, MI
Imari DuSauzay New York City, NY Brooklyn My friend is full of ideas and fighting with cancer…We hold hands to share love. I am experiencing too many friends facing cancer, it makes no difference what your color is.. Cancer does not discriminate.
Joslynn Poole USA There is little solidarity amongst black people. For example gang violence, red against blue, light skins vs dark skins. I could care less about another persons race or ethnicity. I just want my own people to figure out how to do better.
Saira New York City, NY Brooklyn An immature nation is still afraid of racial tolerance and hesitant to move on to a state of love and acceptance. With time, the nation learns and grows. The result is a community in which all are free to contribute to its progress and maturity is thus reached.
Britt Mikelle Centreville, VA People always ask me where I come from. I tell them, “from love.” Only love or lust would have created me. I am a mutt in every since of the word. Growing up in a multiracial home, I did not know racism untill I was old enough to date. My family [...]
Suzanne Koch Sunnyvale, CA First and foremost, I’m a mom. Being a mom to a child who doesn’t look the rest of our family is both the simplest thing in the world and the most complicated. Falling in love with my son, who is adopted and has brown skin, was as straight-forward as any Mama/Baby [...]
Rei New York City, NY The Bronx I’m half black half Puerto Rican born in the Bronx.
Dawn Erica Veronica Murray Nadeaud Toronto, Canada Irrespective of race, religion and country of origin, we all want and deserve the same things – peace, love and prosperity for our families and for ourselves. We are more alike than we are different. This is what I have learned over the past 48 years of my [...]
Ingrid Asplund Provo, UT This is from 2 Timothy and is a verse I always use as a resource during important or challenging moments of activism.
Rosie Vasen New York City, NY
Jermaine Lowe New York City, NY Brooklyn The people and the culture will always be copied, subjected and hated. Luckily, we will endure and continue to influence and inspire those on both spectrums on love and hate.
Lauren Bing North Canton, OH A little over two years ago, my eyes were opened to the unspoken opinions of the people closest to me. I met a guy who had such a great personality, we got along so well and he treated me like I deserved nothing less than being treated right. I couldn’t [...]
Seydi Detroit, MI While growing up in Senegal some refer to me as dark as the buttocks of a cauldron, i was proud to be as dark as the stone of the Kaaba filled with love and light, often i dreamed to be blue-black as those vailant fishermen Lebou, Niominka or Guet-Ndar tauting the Sun [...]
Alma Castro Riverside, CA
Jeffery Sweet Kenosha, WI I am white and my wife is black. We have a son who is the most beautiful person in this world. I hope he grows up to understand that race isn’t an issue, just a fact of life and a reason to try harder to show people that look, I am [...]
Katrina V. Cromwell Pearl Harbor, HI My father is Hispanic and White and my mother is Black. They met in high school and they have been married for 28 years. I knew nothing about racism until my father sat me down as a kid and told me about things that my parents went through in [...]
Cleo Corcoran Seattle, WA
Lisa Sandoval Seattle, WA
Mara Davis Bermuda Dunes, CA I have one mixed grand-daughter and i love all of my grand-children. Love is not shaped by skin color but by the quality of the interaction between 2 people. This is my family now and I strongly resent anyone mocking us because one child appears different. One day, a new [...]
Jennifer Blankenship Grand Terrace, CA
Brenda Hanegan New Orleans, LA
Ray Magner Amherst, MA I may not be the most religious person, but I do know that the God I believe in has no patience for hatred.
Lil Frey Eugene, OR The University of Oregon
Wendy Fillmore Ithaca, NY I have a beautiful son who has darker skin than myself. He also has a very unusual name which he loves. He has chosen to live on the more “creative” side of life rather than the “wall street” side of life. Perhaps it is where he feels the most acceptance as [...]
Maggie C Portsmouth, VA My friends and family notice his skin color first, instead of his amazing personality or how much he loves me.
Tess Escoto Citrus Heights, CA My roots are in Texas and Mexico. While some may look at me and say that I appear to be Latina, often they aren’t sure. My father’s last name is of Italian origin and my grandmother and grandfather (paternal) both had blue eyes and black curly hair. My mother’s family [...]
Christopher Gelinski Vancouver, WA
Lisa Johnson Holden, MO I am, unfortunately, from very rural America. There was a short period in my life (approximately 1/4 of it) that was lived in larger areas where I got to know various people. My most favorite experiences were the multicultural atmosphere of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department of a college I [...]
RANDOLPH F BROCK Soquel, CA Thank you for doing this project. As a gay man it is close to my heart.
Becky Stewart Submitted via Twitter: @davefan
Deena Dickinson St. Helens, OR
Linda Robinson Philadelphia, PA All of us are shaped by the culture and historical period in which we developed as children. That culture almost becomes a part of our DNA – it’s that imbedded in us. The white slave-traders of centuries ago in Africa were shaped by the cultural idea that dark-skinned peoples of Africa [...]
Sharon Holley Columbus, OH Without the sacrifices of the Lovings, I may not have been able to marry the person I love.
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.
Carol Carrow Bodofsky Edison, NJ Born in 1950, I have lived through changes that were long overdue. In the sixties, as much as my friends and I worked to eliminate prejudice and discrimination, we had no idea how bad it actually was in our country. Only looking back through photo and video journalism of the [...]
Steven Hsu Ann Arbor, MI
Tina Crisman Charlotte, NC
Karen Davis Portland, OR First sorrow, family unable to love, second sorrow, learning of racism, still shocked 60 years later. How can this be? I don’t understand it any better today than I did then.
Marria Bratcher Oklahoma City, OK
Christina Koomen Roanoke, VA This was the first sentence that came into my mind as far as saying something about race in my own life. There is nothing new about this “story” — a white family of comparative privilege employs a black woman in the household, and the kids in that household comes to regard [...]
Matthew Neal Detroit, MI Nothing about who I am, where I am from, what I look like, and what I have done will ever have an effect on how much GOD has loved me. I love him because he loved me first.
Mason Waterford, CT
Gallo Pinto Costa Rica
Submitted via Twitter: @frazzledmommie
Tammy Medell Gardner San Jose, CA I am white. The man with whom I fell in love in 1982 was black. We met in Fort Worth, Texas working at the same company. He grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, while I was from northern Michigan. Our romance, so new and full of hope, soon faltered [...]
David Clark Sacramento, CA This reflects my hope that the conversation is elevated beyond race to realize the truth that we are all one.
Julie Jackson Chicago, IL
Donna Wolfe Kansas City, MO She bolstered my self-love, self-esteem and confidence. I am eternally grateful. My self-image was that of beauty, grace and intelligence. My elders lived that way, daily. They made us feel loved and entitled to the best the world has to offer.
Sunil J Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project – University of Michigan
Anonymous Southington, CT
Mark Leavenworth Oroville, CA You should love being you, too!
Anonymous Ann Arbor, MI
Nicole North Haven, CT 28 years later I still love him and realize he was always the one I had been searching for all this time.
Sandra McDonaugh Portland, OR
Pat Siljenberg Byron, MN
Reesa Motley Reynolds Annapolis, MD
Dina Stonberg Philadelphia, PA I have had the privilege to not have to think about race most of my life. Fell in love with a wonderful, kind, caring African American man – formed our family through adoption and now have the privilege of raising a beautiful, smart African American daughter. She is a joy every [...]
Terry McMillan Submitted via Twitter: @MsTerryMcMillan
Susan Knight-Smith Marietta, GA
Anonymous Portland, OR
Tanya Seals Las Vegas, NV
Kenyatta Yamel Milwaukee, WI Heard about this through twitter so I thought I would have my say.
Susan Knight-Smith Marietta, GA Read more about the racial divide in Marietta, GA.
Submitted via Twitter: @MsTerryMcMillian Otherwise I would have missed a lot of love in my life.
Jeanette Ju-Pierre Westminster, England
Connie Rose Kansas City, MO