White dad, black son, daily frontiers.

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 […]


My friends forget I am Asian.

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.


Don’t fear me, I’m like you.

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 […]

It begins and ends with me.

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 […]

Suburban white kids nicknamed me Chinaman

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, […]


I’m Black but NO-ONE believes me!

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 […]

Black, Papua New Guinea, curious, adopted

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 […]

Best stick with your own tribe!

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!

As Child, Went To Minority Doctor

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 […]

They can’t come to your party.

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 […]

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Mexican white girl, doesn’t speak Spanish.

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

Hire best person for the job

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 […]

I heard they trademarked Trayvon’s name

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 […]