Benny Burnett-Smith Las Vegas, NV My first job was at a McDonald’s in Southeast Texas. It was a very racially mixed workforce and taught me so many things about race and respect. Working alongside others from different backgrounds than my own towards the common goal of serving food and doing a good job has served […]
Coral Sharrow, Las Vegas, NV. When it comes down to it, we are all the same, just socialized different. Love who you are, and those around you.
Jacob Noel, Las Vegas, NV.
Ben, Reno, NV. One time a bunch of friends and I were hanging out, and I forget what exactly was said, but one of them whispered in another ears. I asked what what it was, my friend laughed that the other friend forget I was Asian lol.
Aaron Yeh, Las Vegas, NV. White mother, Chinese father, I was raised by my mom and don’t speak Chinese. Sometimes I look in the mirror and my Asian features surprise me. It’s startling how I identify more with being ‘white’ than anything else. The “other” box on forms asking my ethnicity has always comforted me, […]
Rick Kraske Las Vegas, NV We adopted our son Joshua as an infant. His mom, also white and I, later divorced. He is now 12 and his understanding of race in America is now growing at a rapid pace as he is reminded of the manner in which he is treated with us and away […]
Elizabeth Las Vegas, NV Because I have white skin, people automatically strip me of any heritage I have. Please don’t mistake “white” as the absence of culture. My family have lived through many wars, prejudices, struggles, and also victories.
Kristi Webber Las Vegas, NV Growing up, there were several clues and incidents which occurred over the years which hinted at some sort of non-European ancestry in my mother’s background, and which would eventually lead to me pursuing her family’s ethnic roots. I had heard vague rumors of “Cherokee” blood but had long ago dismissed […]
Trig T. Crawford Henderson, NV
Brittany Barnes Reno, NV I am adopted. I was born in Irian Jaya, Indonesia, now known as Western New Guinea. I don’t really tell people where I was born, because I don’t find it necessary in conversations and it never really comes up. People look at me and automatically assume that I am African-American and […]
John Mendez Las Vegas, NV Just because I’m Asian, it doesn’t mean that I have to be good at math. As a matter of fact, I struggle in that subject.
Liam Michael Scott North Las Vegas, NV
Alec Ryan Las Vegas, NV Words of wisdom from an old Scottish friend, a long time ago…I have travelled and experienced much since then, and found nothing to refute them. We accept each other individually as individuals, but coalesce into our natural racial groups despite our most well-meaning efforts. Admit it!
Seth Wittner Henderson, NV My parents were ahead of their time. I was born in 1950, and when I was ten or eleven, my parents arranged for me to go to a young black pediatrician–Dr. William Hewlett, who I recently learned became the first African-American physician to have privileges at Jamaica Hospital. There was a […]
Sheila Galper Las Vegas, NV I always thought, how lucky we are to have eyes to see, but if we didn’t would color matter?
Kevin Blackburn Las Vegas, NV I remember the first time I ever saw any difference in skin color was in 3rd grade. I had invited my school friends, who were mostly black, to my birthday party. My stepdad found out and told me they couldn’t come in our yard. I told them I wasn’t having […]
Constance Morton Henderson, NV I am multi-racial, but what you see when you look at me is my connection to Africa. But my ancestors came from the British Isles as well as walked tall and proud on their Native American soil. Why cannot I celebrate my rick heritage with pride in your presence? If we […]
Maryann Orawczyk Las Vegas, NV
Elysha O’Brien, Las Vegas, NV. Whites see me as Mexican, Mexicans view me as White because I don’t speak Spanish. I find it interesting that we don’t qualify other ethnic identities on the basis of language. Featured on NPR’s Morning Edition Segment: Living in Two Worlds but with Just One Language http://www.npr.org/2013/05/23/185839159/living-in-two-worlds-but-with-just-one-language
Irene North Las Vegas, NV He’s the smartest man I know.
Angie Balderrama Reno, NV My husband is white and lost out jobs to blacks and hispanics, or due to nepotism. I am hispanic but do not speak Spanish so I lost out jobs, even though I understand Spanish. We are both college educated. Very frustrating to lose out to someone you know was not as […]
Ricardo Salas Las Vegas, NV
Uriel Aleman Las Vegas, NV
Rhonda Fink Reno, NV When I was 12 I got arrested in a Civil Rights march. I always felt so guilty that my mom was such a racist. Still do and I’m in my late 50’s.
Tim Weber Reno, NV These words uttered by a co-worker. To me such a statement stems from a desire to divert attention from the matter at hand — that an innocent black child was murdered. It is this form of racism that is most common and most insidious. My response was not a politically correct […]
Tanya Seals Las Vegas, NV