I was mugged by a “victim”

Jonathan Osmundsen, Washington, DC. I appreciate some of the coverage that’s focused on the Baltimore riots, and issues that influenced an explosion of pent up anger. That frustration is valid, those wrongs must be corrected. Here’s the “but”… I’ve not heard one NPR story that mentioned the burning of a 60-unit building by rioters, which […]

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He can’t swim, Dad saves him.

Jim Michonski, Virginia Beach, VA. I grew up in a military family. The March on Washington happened when I was two years old. We mostly lived outside of the US until I was nine. I don’t have memories of and was not exposed to the racial turmoil of the 1960’s. One of the strongest experiences […]

I have been around the world

Mike Snow Spotsylvania, VA I have listened to the Race Card Project for some time on my NPR station and it has encouragd my own thoughts on the subject. I admitted to my self many years ago that I had thoughts and views that one could deem as “racist”. This smacked me in the face […]

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Gwen’s Take: Race, Morning Coffee & The Race Card Project

REPOST from http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/gwens-take-making-peace-making-coffee/ Gwen’s Take: Making peace and making coffee BY GWEN IFILL March 20, 2015 at 10:52 AM EDT I woke up one morning this week to discover that Starbucks had decided to launch a new initiative at its coffee shops, branding their paper cups with a #RaceTogether hashtag and encouraging baristas to chat […]

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Susan Thackston, Agoura, CA. I was listening to an NPR story resently on Morning Edition. The program talked about “The Race Card Project” and that it was collecting peoples experiences during the 1960’s period of the civil rights movement, distilled into 6 words only. George Wallace’s daughter, Peggy Wallace Kennedy, was only three years older […]

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My name is Jamaal; I’m white.

Jamaal Allan, USA. Listen to Jamaal’s story on NPR’s Morning Edition     What’s in a Name? The Poetry Question-Discovering the Relevance of Words As a white male, a majority of majorities, I can’t talk about race.  I’m not qualified to. Race isn’t an issue for me, right?  Life is easy; things are handed to me.  […]

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Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center Announces Spring 2015 Fellows

REPOST From: shorensteincenter.org January 13, 2015 SHORENSTEIN CENTER ANNOUNCES SPRING 2015 FELLOWS  The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce the appointment of their Spring 2015 Fellows. “The line-up of Shorenstein Fellows for the spring semester is a group of all-stars – every one of them,” […]

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Norris brings The Race Card Project to Syracuse University

REPOST FROM:  The Daily Orange By Clare Ramirez, FEATURE EDITOR Race is a subject many don’t want to talk about. But Michele Norris found a way to simplify it into six words. Norris, a special correspondent for National Public Radio, created The Race Card Project, in which people are invited to submit six-word sentences or phrases […]

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Ferguson Should Be More Than a Moment

REPOST FROM: The Weekly Wonk, http://weeklywonk.newamerica.net/ – DEC. 11, 2014 Ferguson Should Be More Than a Moment by: Anne-Marie Slaughter National Public Radio host Michele Norris has run The Race Card Project for the past four years. Participants are asked to distill their “experiences, questions, hopes, dreams, laments, or observations about race and identity” into a six […]

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Johns Hopkins University-A dialogue about diversity with Michele Norris

A dialogue about diversity: JHU hosts 11th Diversity Leadership Conference NPR correspondent, keynote speaker Michele Norris stresses importance of discussing race, diversity issues to ‘create change and comfort levels’ by Amy Lunday Michele Norris spent much of her career as a journalist trying very hard not to be the person who was always talking about […]

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The Race Card Project Partners with PBS for “America After Ferguson”

We are excited to share our partnership with PBS to capture the reactions from “AMERICA AFTER FERGUSON” — a PBS television special moderated by Gwen Ifill. This PBS town hall meeting, moderated by PBS NEWSHOUR co-anchor and managing editor Gwen Ifill, explores the many issues brought into public discourse in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, […]

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90.5 WESA- NPR Journalist Michele Norris Talks Race in America

By ESSENTIAL PITTSBURGH When award-winning NPR journalist and former All Things Considered c0-host Michele Norris released her first book “The Grace of Silence: A Memoir” in 2010, it was the beginning of a unique national conversation on race. On October 1st, Norris comes to Pittsburgh to give a talk entitled “Eavesdropping on America’s Conversation on […]

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Michele Norris is an Alchemist.

…TEACH AND TALK ABOUT RACE TSWBAT BLOG by: ALEXANDRA B. REZNIK, WRITING & EDITING CONSULTANT October 2, 2014 Michele Norris is an alchemist. She transforms the stories and histories of those who experience and inflict the burden of racism, into the foundation of American individual experience and collective history. The atrocities of our past are not […]

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THE RACE CARD PROJECT COMES TO MSU

THE RACE CARD PROJECT COMES TO MSU Contact: Jennifer Orlando During her Sept. 15 visit to Michigan State University as part of this year’s One Book, One Community program and Project 60/50, award-winning journalist and NPR-contributor Michele Norris talked about her memoir “The Grace of Silence” and launched the MSU version of The Race Card […]

Angry Black men are so scary

David, Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation. The potential for violence from an angry black man is so much higher than any other source it’s scary. An unarmed black man is a threat unless proven otherwise.

SPJ honors Norris for exceptional service to journalism

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7/23/2014 Contacts: Chad Hosier, SPJ Awards Coordinator, (317) 920-4791, chosier@spj.org Taylor Carlier, SPJ Communications Coordinator, (317) 920-4785, tcarlier@spj.org INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to honor Michele Norris as a Fellow of the Society. It is the highest honor given by the Society and is awarded for extraordinary contribution […]

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Is It Racist to Ask People Where They’re From?

URI FRIEDMAN, The Atlantic  JUL 2 2014, 9:05 AM ET ASPEN, Colo.—”The moment was fine for me…. But I don’t know, how was it for you?” That’s New York Times columnist Mark Oppenheimer asking Tessie Guillermo, president and CEO of the consultancy ZeroDivide, how she felt when he inquired about her ethnicity. “Context is really […]

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Grandfather’s poker gift a hanging invitation

Carol Zachary, Washington, D.C.–and Montana. Somehow I kept blocking on three things: A) the six words. . . grandfather, poker, three hangings, an invitation lost for almost 60 years, and my changed perceptions; B ) the fact that I’ve felt I should know exactly what evidence was presented against the men who were hanged; and […]

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A Peabody for The Race Card Project

The Race Card Project Receives Peabody Honor Respected Journalist and Author Michele Norris Grateful for Recognition and the Opportunity for Dialogue that the Award Provides (Washington D.C./April 4, 2014) – The Race Card Project received a prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in electronic communications for turning a pejorative phrase into a productive and […]

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Michele Norris leads learning opportunity

REPOST from: http://thecollegiatelive.com/ http://thecollegiatelive.com/2014/03/npr-host-michele-norris-final-speaker-of-19th-annual-diversity-lecture-series/ By Carla Villasana-Acosta Grand Rapids Community College welcomed radio host Michele Norris and her conversation on race as part of the 2013-2014 Diversity Lecture Series. Around 1,000 people gathered Wednesday at the Fountain Street Church to listen to Norris’ lecture titled “Eavesdropping on America’s Conversation on Race.” It encouraged the audience to […]

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Norris sparks conversations on race relations

BY EMILY STURGEON / ON APRIL 3, 2014 AT 12:19 AM / In an explanation of her work exploring race relations in America, Michele Norris said it is important to spark national dialogue about the still-relevant topic of race, even if it is with just six words. Norris, a renowned radio journalist and former host […]

Race Card Project’ Is Among Peabody Award Winners

by MARK MEMMOTT April 02, 2014 9:55 AM ET This year’s Peabody Award winners for excellence in electronic media include The Race Card Project from NPR’s Michele Norris.   Her project, which was featured in a series of reports on Morning Edition, invites people to distill their “thoughts, experiences or observations about race into one […]

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NPR journalist to deliver Blackburn lecture

REPOST FROM: IN NEWS / BY EMILY WILLIAMS / ON APRIL 2, 2014 AT 12:00 AM / National Public Radio host and author Michele Norris will speak about race in America on Wednesday as a part of the Blackburn Institute’s Frank A. Nix lecture series. Norris, who previously hosted the NPR news show “All Things […]

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40 years celebrating MLK at E Madison’s Mt. Zion

Posted on January 17, 2014 by jseattle Friday, dignitaries, students and the community filled Mt. Zion for the 40th year of celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday at the 19th and Madison Baptist church. 53 years ago, King visited Zion pastor Reverend Samuel B. McKinney and spoke to thousands in Seattle. McKinney, now near 90, […]

Race Card Project creates new type of conversation

JESSE WASHINGTON— Dec. 1, 2012 She asked for just six words. Michele Norris, the National Public Radio host, was starting a book tour for her memoir, which explored racial secrets. Sensing a change in the atmosphere after the election of the first black president, and searching for a new way to engage and listen, Norris […]

News Flash People, Race isn’t real

Tim Daugherty Mount Pleasant, MI I think it’s time to stop using the word race to describe ethnic heritage. NPR should spearhead this movement away from a word that (no longer) doesn’t have any real meaning. This is just one of hundreds of papers published since the human genome mapping was completed. We are truly […]

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With kids, I’m dad, alone….thug!

Marc A Quarles, Pacific Grove, CA. Pacific Grove, I’m African-American my wife is German we have two children a son 15 and a daughter 13. We live in a predominately white affluent area on the Monterey Peninsula in California. Every summer my wife and children go to Germany to visit her parents and other friends […]

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I ate pasta, family ate rice.

Melanie Vanderlipe Ramil, Sacramento, CA. Growing up, I wanted to be as “non-Filipino” as possible and felt great achievement whenever a friend said to me, “You seem so white!” During my middle school years, I claimed to not like rice (the staple for every night’s family dinner). My mom, after rushing home from work to […]

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Cascade Engineering Race Card Project

Published on May 16, 2012 by Mercedes Barragan Inspired by Michele Norris, some very ambitious employees at Cascade Engineering wanted to know how its employees felt about race. We created race cards similar to the ones Norris uses and passed them out to employees at Cascade Engineering. Over 100 employees expressed their personal feelings around race […]

Indian? At least he isn’t black!

Sherrill Dawn Koopot Phoenix, AZ …Worried how your baby will look? 41 years ago I married an East Indian Doctor; He was handsome, smart, kind and everything a woman could want. Both of those comments above were made to me, with all seriousness and , I think, with absolute ignorance as to how they sounded. […]

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Crossing the Racial Divide, Marietta, GA

REPOST: Story by Patricia Templeton One Church was founded by slave owners, the other by former slaves. On a recent cold, wet winter night their spiritual descendants crossed the divide that separated their ancestors and came together to share a meal, to talk, and to listen to a national journalist tell the story on conversations about […]

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No one box is correct.

David Kung, St. Mary’s City, MD. In 2000 when I filled out my census card and was finally allowed to (correctly) check more than one box, I cried.   David’s story was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition. Listen

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My mixed kids have it differently

George Washington III. Submitted via Twitter:  @GWIII #theracecardproject George’s story was featured in NPR’s Morning Edition. Listen here, http://www.npr.org/2013/04/02/175292625/when-youre-mixed-race-just-one-box-is-not-enough

We’re just not understanding each other

Nancy Wilson Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation Misunderstanding is breaking my hopeful heart. I was robbed by a black man I’d smiled at on the street. I still smile at people on the street. But, I might hold my purse tighter. I was robbed by a black man I’d looked in the eyes […]

Single most destructive construct ever created.

Jessica Womack Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation As a white American woman with an African American husband and a mixed race ten month old son, I witness daily the effects racism on my husband, on myself, and I worry about how I will be able to protect my son from it as he […]

Search out similarities instead of differences

Patrick S. Perkins ID Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation This is an interesting program and it made me recall an experience with my 4 year old in a grocery store. There was a man of east Indian descent in line behind us and my daughter kept looking at him and looking back at […]

Mechanic disowned daughter for mixed grandson.

Anonymous Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation My neighborhood auto mechanic is part of the fabric of our town, but I found out that he’d disowned his daughter when he found out she’d partnered with a black African man. He does not know his grandkids. This makes me very sad. I have no idea […]

Son, indignant: I have the right to be!

Joann MO Submitted via NPR’s Talk of the Nation My six words are actually two, six word conversations between a black father and son about avoiding certain areas of town: Son, indignant: I have the right to be! Father: Yes, just not “be” over there. Naively thought we had settled this.