White guy can’t walk in’your shoes

Jay Grabow, Omaha, NH. I’m a 52 year old white guy, living in middle class suburbs. Yeah, I’ve struggled to get where I am in life and I’ll need to keep struggling to maintain it. I grew up absorbing the racism around me. But I witnessed two prime examples of how racism affects African Americans […]

Child travelling: This IS my mom!

Molly Lai, Milford, NH. I was terrified of travelling as a child because I hated people asking if I was adopted. Or the more frightening question: Is this woman really your mother, you can tell me the truth? I am half Chinese (and looked more Chinese than English as a child) with a red-haired, blue-eyed, […]

Will you still talk to me?

Susan Duncan, Bristol, NH. When I was in the fourth grade, my family moved from Concord, North Carolina, to Leaksville (now Eden), North Carolina. Our street, Patrick Street, was parallel to Henry Street and the dividing line between the “white” neighborhood and the black/African-American neighborhood. Our next door neighbor, Miss Mary, had a large yard […]


Adopted from India lived in NH

Kayla Eckhoff, Denver, CO. I was just a year old when I was adopted, I was born in India and grew up in a small town in New Hampshire. For the most part I had a normal childhood, especially growing up in an all white community. Went to school, made friends, played school sports. Though […]

Really, we are all the same

Elizabeth Todd, Plainfield, NH. I grew up in the south and as a child heard my elders disparage blacks, Latinos and Catholics. Even as a child I knew this was wrong, I knew that we are all the same. I struggled with this dichotomy; the people I loved having values I deplored. How does one […]

I was told racism was over.

Kalie Marsicsno, Hanover, NH. I grew up with the misinformation that the civil rights movement had ended successfully, rather than learning that racism and systematic oppression still dominates our daily life.

“I wish I had my n*****-shooter”

Julian Riggs Smith Durham, NH Growing up in a little town in Louisiana during the Second Word War, I found nothing strange about the fact that my white grandparents often ate breakfast and lunch at the kitchen table kitchen with ‘Stell, their black cook, and John, her husband–and that John and ‘Stell never ate with […]

Color-blindness benefits a global vision.

Lisa Wenger Hampton Falls, NH As a US History teacher, my 8th grade students were studying segregation and the Brown V. Board of Ed. ruling. I heard the NPR piece this morning and shared the Atlantic Monthly article on the resegregation of Central High in Tuskaloosa and the Dent family’s experiences from the 50’s until […]

Race seperated six generations of Robertsons.

Nancy Carr Robertson Grafton, NH I am primarily white, and my views on race (equality) and my serious relationship with a black man were enough for my family to shun me for several years. Our relations have never recovered. I am still, at the age of 61, an oddball outsider to my family — even […]

She said, “The Jews killed Jesus”.

Sherry Nassauer Merrimack, NH I remember the moment so clearly. I was excited to be outside to play with a “friend”. We were standing just outside the heavy glass and black metal door which was the entry to the apartment building where we both lived, and where I grew up, on a small, one block, […]

Your presence is upsetting other customers

Kristin Esty Bethlehem, NH I was raised in New England. I worked with a company doing business in the south. I went to a restaurant in a rural southern area, it doesn’t matter where now – really. I went with peers doing the same work as me. One however was a black man…I am a […]

You’re Jewish? You don’t look Jewish.

Corey Schutzman Exeter, NH Here in southern New Hampshire I seem to be the anomaly as opposed to where I grew up in northern New Jersey. I am fine with people asking questions, but the problem with this statement is it seems as if people (and I do mean “people”, I have heard this on […]

There’s a lot of ‘pepper’ here.

Penny Miceli Keene, NH This is what my husband and I (both white) were told by our realtor (also white) when driving through a neighborhood in Toledo, Ohio while searching for our first home as a young couple. She meant to dissuade us from buying in the neighborhood. Perhaps because of our shared race, she […]

Sure, but would you marry one?

Tom Bethesda, MD When my (white) mother worked at NAACP in the 60’s my Dad infamously questioned her sincerity. Mom died a decade ago. Dad spent last weekend walking precincts for Obama in NH. Hope and change indeed.