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 [...]
Craig Durkee Atkinson, NH Due to affirmative action it is nearly impossible for a middle age white male to advance in corporate America.
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 [...]
Leah Perlongo NH Shopping, walking or jogging on the street, sitting in a park; I always feel people eyeing me suspiciously. People will always remember me, because I stand out by having a different skin color. Why suspect every single movement I make more than those of your paler neighbor with a criminal history five [...]
Sharmila Patel Portsmouth, NH With such a common last name, most new people I meet will ask me if I am related to or know, their Indian friend. They are typically doctors, engineers, college friends, etc.
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
L. Williams NH When I complained people laughed. No parental correction. My husband and children are black. I vow to no longer be exposed to this hate.
Mike Landroche Tilton, NH Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation What is “Spinning in the Butter“? Click here.