Sarah Staples, Nashville, TN. I grew up in a predominantly white community in a city that was predominantly black and hispanic or latino. My best friends were always white, my parents made me study classical piano for 12 years, I played soccer, I read Shakespeare and Jane Austen, and I went to boarding school. No, […]
Josh Garcia, Nashville, TN. Attempts to recruit and retain diversity in corporate America do not seem to have changed the demographics I observe in the leaders and top earners at my company.
Thaddeus, Nashville, TN. I was raised poor in Louisiana where the generations of my family before me farmed and picked cotton, fished and lived off the land. Our water was rain water caught in a ground cistern and we used an outhouse for a toilet and boiled water for each night to bathe. So please […]
JMM, Nashville, TN. I’m white. 100% pale as can be white. I grew up as one of a small handful of white children in my elementary and middle school, and was relentlessly teased. White girl. Cracker. White b****. All names I was called. I had gum put in my hair. I was beaten up. I […]
Gary Seven Nashville, TN All during the election season, conservatives were claiming that President Obama did nothing to unify the country about issues of race, (as if he were capable of, and was singularly responsible for doing so by himself.) Their claim was that he was the most divisive president in history when in fact […]
Lynea Ramse, Nashville, TN. My name is pronounced La-nee-a. I have been grouped with black girls all my life in settings where people haven’t met me, just seen my name and where I’m from. I didn’t realize until college when all of the girls with “black names” ended up as roommates… People have also asked […]
Robert P. Jackson Nashville, TN Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation
Emily Green-Cain, Nashville, TN. I grew up in the city where James Lawson led teach-ins for non-violence that led to sit-ins throughout the Southeast. No one in my schooling, neither my parents, my church or the local education system taught me anything about these events. I did not know the specifics of what happened here […]
Meharry Medical College Psychiatry Program Trainee, Nashville, TN.
Brenda Perez Nashville, TN
Janice Ng Nashville, TN “How can you be full Asian?”
Jessica Ayers Nashville, TN
Zhonghui Zhou Nashville, TN It doesn’t work that way. And no, I don’t answer to “konichiwa”, “anyeong”, or bows.
Elsie Pettit Nashville, TN
Beverly Goetzman Nashville, TN I am black and my husband is white, which requires us to be fearless as we live out our chosen path.
Judy Freudenthal Nashville, TN I derived my 6 words from a quote by Einstein: All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.
Victor Bradley Nashville, TN Often the discussion about racism is constructed as a problem with race. As if the problem isn’t with the majority’s racist attitudes, the problem is the existence of minorities. “I don’t see you as Black” translates as “I don’t see you as Black, because if I did, I’d have to either […]
Stephanie Pruitt Nashville, TN Claiming social color blindness is not a thing to be proud of. It means that you are trying to remain unaware of a real and true element of a person. The meanings we assess to skin color will vary and that is where dynamics surrounding race have the potential to become […]
Spencer Wiggins Nashville, TN Fifty years after the March on Washington and 5 years after electing the first black President of the United States we are not living in a post-racial society.
David T Roth Nashville, TN I was walking through Centennial Park in Nashville, TN. I looked up to see a young Father holding his daughter of 3 or 4 facing him. It was obvious that they were interacting in a way that only parent and child can. Where the world around them disappears and they […]
Janice Ng Nashville, TN “How do you pronounce that?”
Victor Bradley Nashville, TN This is both a reference to the broader stereotyping which has pervaded the Black experience in America from the slave trade to today, and the specific stereotyping in the criminal justice system.
Submitted via Twitter: @hiawathaw , Nashville, TN.
Sarah Walton Nashville, TN I descend directly from southern slave-owners and, more recently, racists. My family’s wealth is built on the backs of over a thousand slaves. It is my karmic duty to be a social-justice & race-relations activist; to call for reparations; to march; to force as many friends & family to look through […]
Quinn Nashville, TN Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation
Maura Satchell Nashville, TN Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation
Walter Brostrom Nashville, TN
Walter Brostrom Nashville, TN
Hiawatha Walker Submitted via Twitter: @hiawathaw Nashville, TN.