Aaron David Snipe, Falls Church, VA. It was one day before the 4th of July parade at the summer camp I had attended each summer of my childhood, and the campers and counselors had all congregated outside to discuss our cabin’s float for the parade. Summers at the camp in rural Pennsylvania were filled with […]
Isaiah Akeem, Newburgh, NY.
Leigh Marz, Kensington, CA. I remember visiting my grandma in Arkansas in the summer. She took my younger brother and I to a park so we could play with other children. But when we started to play with some African American kids on the monkey bars it was suddenly “time to go.”
Michael Greene, Philadelphia, PA. Kudos to Ms, Norris for bringing the kindling for when it comes to race there have been, are, and will be fires figurative and literally of every imaginable combustion. Growing up I watched and was part of the Civil Rights Movement from the first time I was stopped and frisked by […]
Cedric Bedford-Chalale, Oakland, CA. Black people play the race card because that is the only card dealt to black people by white America. It’s a reality….
Jamie Rice Hoboken, NJ The Beloved Community will never be fully realized until we can talk openly, clearly, and candidly about race and cultural identity.
Linda Hunt CT I am in a 40 year bi-racial marriage and very early on when my children were small, my grandmother made the comment above. I said they will play with whoever they wanted as long as they were decent.
Carl Poole Norfolk, VA I am sick of seeing so many people (primarily white people) on the news, in books, and on social media sites saying that people of color (primarily black people) always ‘play the race card’ to win points on issues of race. This thinking assumes that once a person of color falsely […]
Michelle Yost Fairmont State, WV
Ann Evans Larimore Ann Arbor, MI
Sara CA You don’t get to hold onto your racial experience, hidden away in your hands, waiting for the right moment to leverage it. You don’t get to suddenly bring it out to win the game. Playing a card is a terrible metaphor for when people of color bring up aspects of their experience to […]