I look black; never felt it.

Janetta Stringfellow Brookline, MA Tons! Grew up in Cape Elizabeth, Maine in the ’70s with a white mother who denied I was adopted. Found my birth mother when I was 31, who is also white, but at least had a story about a Kenyon grad student she hooked up with on her 18th bday in […]

I’m white; I fear the South.

Leighayn Green, Nutrioso, AZ. When I see the Confederate flag on something, I am wary and a little fearful of the person who put it there. My dad and his dad are from Texas. I remember my granddad exclaiming in awe and admiration a run Tony Dorsett made for the Dallas Cowboys back in the […]

Now we can talk about race

Gary Seven Nashville, TN All during the election season, conservatives were claiming that President Obama did nothing to unify the country about issues of race, (as if he were capable of, and was singularly responsible for doing so by himself.) Their claim was that he was the most divisive president in history when in fact […]

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Well…there’s so many minorities now…

Tony Reyes, Portland, OR. I’m half Latino. My mother is a white, evangelical, conservative. I came home the night Obama was re-elected and asked if she had heard the results. The above statement was how she very bitterly responded. Apparently people of color aren’t intellectually capable of choosing a president on the basis of anything […]

African-Americans are more racist

Corey, USA. 93%-95% of African-Americans voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012. Is it a coincidence that Obama is African-American? African-Americans can call each other “n*****” and freak out when white people use the word in a non-insulting way. They call white people crackers and they don’t care. If someone commits a crime towards an […]

Obama was black 148 years ago.

Kendra Jones, Selma, AL. As a white woman who voted for Obama twice, I found myself wanting to claim him as my own. “He’s half white, I’d insist to myself.” But then I began to think about our past anti-miscegenation laws in the 19th century. An individual with as little as 1/32nd percent African ancestry […]


Yes that’s right an Arab Latino

Philippe Nassif, Houston, TX. A blessing and a curse growing up mixed racial in the deep south. Born to a Mexican mother and Lebanese father, I have successfully learned to identify with all of my heritages while feeling like an outsider at the same time. When you are with Arabs, there is always your “other […]


Race matters I wish it didn’t.

Vicki Meek, Dallas, TX. As a child of civil/human rights activists, I’ve spent my life fighting for social justice. I must admit, I never expected to see an African American head our country and was elated when President Obama won the 2008 Presidential election. But I am a realist and so I knew this supposed […]

Obama isn’t black. He is bi-racial.

Dan Brown, DeWitt, MI. Michele, you can’t have it both ways. If, as you said last night, you view Obama as black (you said “of color”) then you won’t reach a “post racial” status. To say that he’s black leads us back to the “single drop of black blood” interpretation of race. Consider: If Obama […]

Preference for white doesn’t mean racist

Jann Patterson Hayden, ID The major bad things that have happened to me were because of black people. I was mugged by a group of black teens and my son had a gun held to his head at work by a pair of black thieves. I am afraid of black people that I don’t know […]

Why does racial prejudice still exist?

Susan Benjamin Roslyn, NY I think so highly of President Obama and have been overwhelmed at the depth of fear and nastiness that has surfaced from the old white guard still in elected office and surfacing in those that voted for those old white men.

Why is Obama black, not white?

Ed Morganroth, Jr. Plover, WI I have wondered since Mr. Obama broke onto the national scene why both he and the media have always characterized him racially as black and not as biracial or white. Why did he decide to pick one race – he is indisputably half black and half white? I would think […]

Still separate, still unequal! CHANGE NOW

Sophie Dover Jamaica Plain, MA Despite all the gains we have made as a country (which people love to harp on) – a harsh reality still exists for people of color and low income individuals across the nation. Schools and neighborhoods still remain separated by race and income. More money is funneled into schools serving […]

Prejudice, lying in wait, hidden underneath.

Rhonda Malvern, OH You see it rear it’s ugly head every so often. Like during the first Obama campaign. He was only in office a month or two and there was such hatred of his “politics”. Not disagreeing but very aggressive in their opposition. He hadn’t even done anything yet. People disguised their prejudice saying […]

No new White friends since 2008.

Anonymous USA The internet really makes me dislike white people more than I ever have. It’s gotten worse since Obama became president. I dream of a day when black people of means decide to create our own communities/cities/states away from white people, but I know it won’t happen. And I’d rather my kids be gay […]

Racism does exist, you shouldn’t lie.

Monica Wesner Rutherfordton, NC I am white and see it everyday in this little Southern town. I know they are lying because whenever they say the word “black” they lower their voices and look both ways, as if they were crossing the street. Some are bound and determined to vote President Obama out just because […]

Obama, Holder, Sharpton made me racist!

Chuck Aston Hedgesville, WV I’m a university educated white male raised in a small New England town in the mid-50s. Races mingled in school and socially without friction. I served with black military personnel in the 60s and worked with and managed black personnel in the 70s without race issues. My attitude has sadly and […]

Depends on where you are/live!

Henry C. Tribble Indianapolis, IN The issues of race became more open when Barrack Obama became the Democratic standard bearer and then elected president. Most racism in is based on “scapegoatism”, the need to have someone/group to look down on.The people who had/have those needs went berserk because a Black president meant, in their minds.”Now […]

We have so far to go

Peggy Wagner Kimble Glencoe, IL President Obama’s election in 2008 was one of the highlights of my life. The relentless racist backlash against the President diminishes all of us every day.

Race is not a card game.

J.C. Dade Houston, TX When I listened to the President of the United States speak of having being profiled because he was Black, I recalled the experiences that people had shared with me over the course of my lifetime as well as some of my own. My father often spoke of being pulled over on […]

Half Jewish. Half WASP. All tribal.

Andrea Jill Berman Rochester, NY Grew up working class Jewish in buffalo NY. a very ethnic city. No melting pot there. people kept their ethnic identities. I was always welcome in my friends homes. my brother’s best friend in the 1970s was black. Very unusual. my parents did anti defamation and voting rights activism, so […]

Don’t worry, white is STILL right.

AGHillery Upper Marlboro, MD In a “post-racial” era, race is as dominant a factor in people’s lives as it ever was. President Obama notwithstanding, white is still right. So, white folks, rest easy. It’s still your world.

Determined by our genetics or ourselves?

Jane Hortelano Pewaukee, WI This is a question that first occurred to me years ago when I met a friend’s future husband and sister-in-law. The children of a white mother and African-American father, it seemed to me that these sibling differed in their self-perception: I believe that he saw himself as mixed race, while she […]

White is not a default color.

Diana Lambert Kansas City, KS I find that children who have one “white” parent and one “non-white” parent are often decidedly identified as the non-white race. I feel this is biased and speaks to how we feel about the definition of a “white” person. I do not see Obama as the first black president. He […]


Leo Howard Galloway Oakland, CA Retired military. As PIC of the annual Veteran’s day celebration at St. Benedict Catholic Church, I knew despite the outcome of the election I would have to stand before my church family regardless. That Sunday, November 11, 2012 I was able in uniform to stand tall before them and say […]

Disagreeing with Obama makes me racist?

Cynthia Ruccia Columbus, OH I am white but Jewish, and I grew up in a time when the Jews were barred from many many things because of our religion. My brother and I were the only Jews in our school and I was constantly chased around being called “dirty Jew” and “Christ killer” and told […]

If Obama’s only Black, everyone loses.

Lorna Dianne Stookey Fredericktown, MO It cut deep, the aftermath of the 2008 election. I woke up to find racism splashed across the front page: “We finally got one of OURS in the White House.” Whose “ours” was he? He’s multicultural, multi-ethnic, and multiracial! He’s European American and African American. He’s “Everyman.” Could have been […]

Obama has created a class war….

Dina Reed Charleston, SC Since we elected a black president, it is difficult to divide us by race…so Obama has decided to create a divison in America of classes.. In my 75 years I have never heard so much reference to class

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.

What my southern mom taught me.

Donna Lovelady Indianapolis, IN Born in the south in 1924, mom was the granddaughter of a slave owner. She saw blacks pushed to the back of the bus, unjustly convicted and forced to hide from whites. It broke her heart. She made sure to teach me that color doesn’t make anyone better or worse. One […]

Race, always an issue. Really? Really.

Clyde Taylor Milwaukee, WI I’m 56. When I was a teen, I thought that by now (the 21st century) race would be far less an issue in American life than it was when rioting broke out just a mile from my home in the summer of 1967. Too bad, I was wrong. From “rag head” […]

O.J trial + President Obama’s election

Brenda Curtright Lenexa, KS The true reality of the historical racial discord in America. During the O.J.Simpson trial and the election of our first Black President, I had never experienced the magnitude of hate and anger exhibited toward Black Americans. The history of these two separate events will be with me all the days of […]