Ashamed and embarrassed to be black.

Nobody, Durham, NC. I would change my race to anything non-black if I could. I don’t think white people understand how limiting it is to only be seen as a color and not as a person. When you’re black you can be the Scary Black Person, the Angry Black Man/Woman, the Thug, the Smart/Articulate Black […]

Race isn’t more legitimate than sexuality.

David Chase, New York, NY. Apparently some people feel that “all oppression is not equal”. My experience as a gay white man unfortunately has not always been one of solidarity with non-gay non-white people. Growing up as a child in Woodstock, NY in the 60’s and 70’s I was brought up to be supportive of […]

Wrong race, Wrong day for fun

Reginald Leroy Johnson, Randallstown, MD. On my birthday in June 1963 my mother decided to take me to Gwynn Oak Amusement Park as birthday gift… We rode on the #28 bus…leaving the city the air was so sweet and clean, I saw ducks, and trees. I was so overwhelmed by this beauty…that I thought we […]

Why Pull Out The Race Card?

James Laquindanum, Eastvale, CA. Don’t do it! Be intelligent and show some class. Happens quite often to me, especially when having random heated discussions about sports & politics. More often online, folks tend to feel comfortable talking smack behind their smart devices. I don’t use the card, even when it’s used on me because I […]

Learned your culture you not ours

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 […]

My race card is my racecar

Finn Hurtado, Eugene, OR. I am biracial, half Mexican and half white. I don’t have a racial group I identify with or feel proud to be a part of. However I do feel a sense of community with the local car scene. I own my dream car, it is my prize possession. Thus these six […]

Unwillingly passing, race card isn’t mine.

April Faye Weathers, Los Angeles, CA. I’m light skinned and have always felt self-conscious about my skin tone. Growing up, my white mom taught my brother and I to be proud of our black identity and feel comfortable in our own skin. She embraced our father’s culture and made it part of her own, blending […]

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 […]

ANYONE can play the ‘race card’

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 […]

“Race card” is no longer disrespectful.

Lisa Stiles Drummond Taylor, TX I have been listening to Michele Norris on NPR for years. I have been uplifted and encouraged by listening to Michele describe different “race cards.” I love the way the connotation of “race card” has changed in my mind these last couple of years. It isn’t a term that conjures […]

He must look like his dad.

  Rhonda Kaplan Hyde Park, MA I’m sorry for submitting another race card, but I figured out how to make the same statement more elegant in six words. We are a multiracial family–I am white and my husband is black and Asian. When my son was a baby, (white) people would often make this comment […]

Hope conversation can lead to healing.

Anonymous Garland, TX Seeing these race card statements, reading the essays, reassured to see that so many people are feeling this pain. Can we talk about it with each other and heal racism one relationship at a time but recognizing how alike we are? That would be a grand thing.