Most Qualified Blacks Are Chosen First

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Fredrick Clemmons Brentwood, TN When I grew up I heard a lot of statements that suggested White people did not want to hire Blacks. But as I took a closer look, these White people also did not want to be seen as prejudice, so they would hire a few Blacks in order to appease their [...]

I just found out I’m prejudice.

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Jenna Roberts Sacramento, CA I was raised in a low income area, primarily white and latino. My experience with African Americans was very limited until I moved to Sacramento, a relatively large city compared to where I’d come from. It was the first time I’d experienced “Urban Youth.” I’ve lived here for 14 years, and [...]

Why does racial prejudice still exist?

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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.

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Sorry, My Mom Don’t Like Blacks

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Amber Roberson-Rowell Essex, MD That was my second incident of prejudice and what instilled in me that race–the color of my skin–was a problem. The first was during my first day of pre-school and being pushed off a tricycle by a little white boy and being told “You don’t belong here!” I was the ONLY [...]

“We don’t do ethnic hair here”

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Sahra Hassan Minneapolis, MN This was said to me by a hair stylist the minute I walked into a salon. Ironically, my hair was cover so she couldn’t tell what my hair type was but she assumed this based on my skin color. Unconscious actions like these can lead to structural racism in our society.

I Never Know How to Feel

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Anonymous Plattsburgh, NY I grew up in a rural upstate NY town–hating everything that seemed bigoted or prejudiced. I loathed a lot of the people I knew in adolescence who held tight to old racist values. I went into college with an open mind and an open heart. I don’t know what happened next. Our [...]

Racism is the problem – not race

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Kim Robinson South Africa Race exists. Race is a social construct. To assert that because race is not a biological phenomenon and therefore, there is no reason to discuss racism or that discussing it perpetuates racism is an insult to the people that experience unfair racial discrimination and live with the legacy of unfair racial [...]

Passing down prejudices tragically survives generations

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Ann Elizabeth Hemphill Quartz Hill, CA Born in ’46 in Midwest, visiting with relatives in Florida each year, adult years in California. From my early childhood to present, I’ve witnessed the persistence of racial prejudice passed on through the generations. I’m reciting 5 generations, from my grandparent’s to today’s youth. I spend time instructing teens, [...]

Prejudice and Racism, a two-way street.

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Bob Boise, ID I honestly believe that racism and prejudice has become worse in the last couple of decades because it has become a two-way street. Ethnic “minorities” have pre-judged whites just as whites pre-judge them. Can’t we move on. I have met so many wonderful persons of diverse backgrounds and races …. and yes, [...]

You’re Italian? Are you considered white?

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Robert Amore West Hollywood, CA NYC Born, High School North Shore Long Island, University Evanston Ill., Manhattan Resident for 20 years. Moved to Los Angeles in 2005. To my shock not once but at least 6 times asked the above question. Why anyone would be asked this question is disgraceful. Observing Race discrimination and prejudice [...]

Predjudice free means seeing beneath skin

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Wendy Fillmore Ithaca, NY I have a beautiful son who has darker skin than myself. He also has a very unusual name which he loves. He has chosen to live on the more “creative” side of life rather than the “wall street” side of life. Perhaps it is where he feels the most acceptance as [...]

I don’t know, I’ll ask him

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Mary Garris Lakeland, FL This was the response when I asked my son if his new friend in Kindergarten was a little black boy. He didn’t even know what I meant. When I tried to explain – he declared that he wasn’t white, he was pink. Prejudice is taught, not inherent in us.

Black on black prejudice hinders advancement

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Jay Poynte Virginia Beach, VA A friend of mine, a 30 something black woman, was working full time and going to school part time. Originally from inner city LA, she worked herself out of real poverty after getting pregnant as a teenager by a boy in the projects where she lived with her family. The [...]

60 years old, have become prejudice.

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Judith Hickey Austin, TX Since I became disabled and had to live with and among blacks, I have become very prejudice. I am fed up with their whining and always using their race for every darn excuse. All of our ancestors were slaves when they first came to America. My kin, the Osage Indians, were [...]

Sorry we don’t service that neighborhood

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Ingrid Monson Newton, MA I’m white but lived in a black neighborhood in Chicago for part of the 1990s. I tried to get a plumbing firm from a nearby white neighborhood to come and clear a sewer pipe blocked by a tree root. Everything was fine until I gave him the address of the house [...]

Prejudice: never genetic, but often inherent.

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Cynthia W Kaleh Rochester, NY At a very young age, my first best friend was a black girl who lived on the next block. I was so young that when told she couldn’t come over anymore, I just accepted the statement. Her family eventually moved away and though never consciously forgotten; it was over 30 [...]

Race is forever, prejudice is not

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Sam Laurila Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan I think there will always be names attributed to groups of similar looking people because humans naturally classify things. I don’t foresee us ever having a society where no one is distinguishable from another. However, prejudices based on race shouldn’t and don’t have to [...]

Tomorrow’s prejudice is class, not race.

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Nate Pickett Kensington, CT If I see a group of rowdy teens in large fitted hats, Ed Hardy sweatshirts, and baggy jeans, I get a little uncomfortable, regardless if they are black, white, Hispanic, etc. If I see a group of well groomed men and women in suits carrying briefcases/laptop bags, again, regardless of race, [...]

Overcome prejudice… Embrace differences… It matters!

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Sharon Beck Iowa City, IA I love the line from the movie Temple Grandin; “Remember…different, not less.” I think this can apply to any group subjected to prejudice and discrimination <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/cpkN0JdXRpM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

Only bigots believe prejudice is universal

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J Wildman Saint Louis, MO I grew up in a household where we were basically allowed to develop our own opinions about prejudice. I’ve never been a racist. My prejudice of choice was against gay men. Something that I’m still ashamed of having felt, even though I’ve since let that go. When I became an [...]

Prejudice is learned, fed by distance.

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David James Linden, MI Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation White, privileged so long, I’m blind. Define yourself now, or be defined. Every heart bleeds red blood, quietly. Thanks for letting me think about this… This is certainly one of the top five issues in our country.