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Kiesha Ireland-Tran San Francisco, CA I am an African American girl, yet I grew up scared of black people. I felt that I was unsafe and didn’t belong with them. An adult in my life lead me to believe these things that changed how I perceived myself and others. People identified me as ‘white’ despite [...]
Eirann Betka Grand Rapids, MI I wish white wasn’t a race. Because where does that mean I come from? I am given five options of classifications to choose from. Five checkboxes. None of which correctly identify my origin, and of all of them, white seems vague and without a home. Where is white? How can [...]
Bob Pickett, Esq. West Orange, NJ University of Michigan Law
Muderi Aradi Poughkeepsie, NY Race to me is how authorities in an environment define aesthetic population differences, in ignorance to the vast continuum of intermediates that may lie outside of the smaller environment. Knowledge or acknowledgement of these intermediates would immediately add a confusion and invalidation to the narrow definitions. In a similar way, knowledge [...]
Colette Nkoyi Poughkeepsie, NY
Carlo Castro Philippines
Holly Thompson Grand Rapids, MI I am half Puerto-Rican and half Scottish, but definitely all people see is “white.” I am constantly struggling with pride of my Latina heritage, guilt of my inherent white privilege, and guilt of ignoring half of who I am. I hate documents that ask for your race. Do I put [...]
Meg Litts Staples, MN Maybe we should never have started using the word ‘race’. It prompts comparative thinking. Instead of viewing difference as something to celebrate, we have used it as a weapon for destruction, stepping on one another to rise to the top. The top is a pretty lonely place in that paradigm, whether [...]
Eddie Christopher Fox Mililani, HI An ignorance of the fact that we are more similar than different, and a fear of difference that weak hearts cannot accept.
Chenelle Nixon New York City, NY Queens What is a race when no one is winning? Race should not define superiority but a majority of human spirit reaching the finish line of equality, freedom, abandonment of self-hate and persecution the color of ones skin.
Rick Carter Eugene, OR
Ricardo Garcia Athens, OH
Sharee Meeks Laidlaw Murray, UT Our family is a mix of many races. Some of the members are adopted but I forget which ones.
Molly Dodson Stillwater, OK
John Q. Kontos Chicago, IL Sometimes, I wish that there were alien cultures that were a potential threat to our existence on earth, then and perhaps only then, would we view ourselves as one people instead of our current hateful and racist thinking. We all need a reminder from time to time that we are [...]
Jason Hoobler Cincinnati, OH Mme Curie should be given enough respect to start classifying our atoms in megabirths
Andie Sandy Springs, GA Everyone always judges based on appearance this one this remains the same as life goes on.
Juan Zuniga Atlanta, GA
Josie Watanabe Seattle, WA Too many people believe that our work is done. Or why do we still need affirmative action? I wish for everyone to stop, listen and look around so that we can really take a closer look at race relations in our country and find real ways we can keep moving forward [...]
Darek Tyson Seattle, WA In a nation of immigrants, color is race.
Jeff Keever Seattle, WA I just wish people would get out of their minds that the focus on “race” only includes some sort of ethnic identification. When people speak of diversity they should be speaking of all kinds of differences–differences in abilities, sexual preference or identity, religion, or any other sort of differences that may [...]
Nancy Carr Robertson Grafton, NH I am primarily white, and my views on race (equality) and my serious relationship with a black man were enough for my family to shun me for several years. Our relations have never recovered. I am still, at the age of 61, an oddball outsider to my family — even [...]
Patricia Callahan Augusta, ME In memory of S.C., my BFF and grandson of a slave. He passed away unexpectedly 6/10/13, a young, vibrant 83 year-old. I would have called him today to say Happy Dr. King’s birthday. He would have said something like, “but the holiday is not until Monday.” I would have said, I [...]
Maggie Martinez WEST PALM BEACH, FL When I get the chance to check “other ” on any form it makes me feel as if I am tearing down another little wall and letting the form creators know that I will not be put in a box. Race is fake and constructed to keep people of [...]
Ruth Kverndal Mercer Island, WA
Paige Hulsey Seattle, WA
Jim O’Donnell Argyle, TX
Byron Parrish Boston, MA The idea of race is a fiction. There is no basis in biology for saying there are different races. Our ideas of race are a social construct, historically made up to support the unequal privileges and disadvantages that occur because of racism. However, racism is a real aspect of life in [...]
John Locke New York, NY I know it may not seem like it from all the crazy racist rhetoric directed against us. It’s okay to be proud of being any other race, except white. Well, white people invented the light bulb. We invented air conditioning. I think being white is fine!
Linda Morris Shawnee, KS Growing up, I got teased a lot for being a fair-skinned black girl by kids who would assume and make sure I knew that one of my parents surely must be white or another nationality besides “black” (ah, kids). When I became a teen and young adult, I would get asked [...]
Nayeli G. Velez Los Angeles, CA I didn’t understand how to take this comment growing up. Now, I cringe when people say it. I see now it’s a comment on my race and culture. A racist comment disguised as a complement.
Fleetwood Wilson Seattle, WA
Jessica Ayers Nashville, TN
Anonymous Seattle, WA Diversity is a gift that has been manipulated to segregate people. Divide and concur is how the system of government controls so many people but to be able to overcome this one must first accept Everyone for what they stand for and not what they wear or there pigmentation.
Anonymous Flagstaff, AZ
Craig Woolmington-Smith Orinda, CA I was raised in a military family where discrimination was everywhere and a highly respected way of life, but the discrimination was based on one’s rank and nothing else. This was true up and down the ladder from Privates to Generals and was my first introduction to meritocracy, although we didn’t [...]
Diana Gonzalez Franklin Square, NY I am an adopted person. I’ve been searching for my past all my life. I’m 60 now. One of my adopted parents was Austrian and one was Italian. I was raised to think of myself as Italian. In the early 1970’s I searched and found out I was born in [...]
Emily Gadient Des Moines, IA Drake University
Abi Los Angeles, CA
Sophie Gardien Minneapolis, MN
Judy Freudenthal Nashville, TN I derived my 6 words from a quote by Einstein: All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.
Hannah Wigley Boone, NC Is this a contest to see who finishes first? I’m pretty sure the term by itself can be considered ‘racist’ since it implies some sort of competition and differentially…
Anne Ward Masterson Anchorage, AK Growing up Black, White and Cherokee in NH in the 1960’s and 70’s made for some painful tensions. In Kindergarten other children would see my mother and tell me she couldn’t be my mother. People would ask me ( and really, still do…) What are you? On the days I [...]
JESSE WASHINGTON— Dec. 1, 2012 She asked for just six words. Michele Norris, the National Public Radio host, was starting a book tour for her memoir, which explored racial secrets. Sensing a change in the atmosphere after the election of the first black president, and searching for a new way to engage and listen, Norris [...]
Levi St. Louis, MO
Katherine L Rife Philadelphia, PA
Kevin Long OR
Riley Willman Des Moines, IA Drake University
Debra Nelson-Gardell Tuscaloosa, AL
Donor Conceived USA My dad will always be my dad, but at the age of 30, my parents decided it was time to tell me that my dad was not my biological father. Everyone in my immediate and extended family already knew this except for me. They were afraid of how I would respond. All [...]
Charles McCoy Los Gatos, CA I grew up being steeped in the folklore of Irish and Italian cultural heritage, thinking I was “half Irish”and “half Italian” and listening to my grandmother crowing about only being Toscana and speaking Toscana ( the received Italian dialect). As I did my DNA testing, I discovered that I am [...]
Jimmy Naughton Colorado Springs, CO Why does any race deserve restitution for their hardships? Every race has been enslaved, yet today’s discussions only ever focus on the Atlantic Slave Trade, i.e., the black slave. Hell, the Irish slaves were more plentiful in the English Empire, they were cheaper and treated far worse since they were [...]
Harmony Mason Spokane Falls Community College Spokane, WA
Josh Graham Eugene, OR
Darshi Balasuriya Long Beach, CA I spend my days mostly in Orange County California. I live in this white world and often see myself in the reflection of those whom I love and enjoy the company of. I rarely think about color of skin or race. But occasionally I encounter treatment from others that doesn’t [...]
Tim Daugherty Mount Pleasant, MI I think it’s time to stop using the word race to describe ethnic heritage. NPR should spearhead this movement away from a word that (no longer) doesn’t have any real meaning. This is just one of hundreds of papers published since the human genome mapping was completed. We are truly [...]
Roberta Wyse Torres Houston, TX When I completed my childrens’ forms to enter kindergarten, I was confronted for the first time with that droplist, “Check race: select one only:” Really? It went on to explain that if you did not select, then the school would select for you based on the teacher’s best guess, because [...]
T.C. Osborn Eugene, OR
Anonymous Des Moines, IA Drake University Asians get offended when you cannot tell exactly which ethnicity they are, and yet it is fine/appropriate to call us “white”? “White” is not a definition, and it is definitely not a race. If I am racist for calling every Asian I see Chinese, then everyone else is racist [...]
Brian Taylor Carlson Johnston, IA Drake University
Meghan Berry Des Moines, IA
Will Carpenter Drake University Des Moines, IA
Kate Kimple Submitted via Twitter: @katekimple Drake University Des Moines, IA
Sam Eacker Spoakne, WA
Charlie Chapman Spokane, WA SFCC Student
Jennifer Chain Eugene, OR
Rita Radostitz Eugene, OR
Martha Lauren Younger-Holrogd Eugene, OR
Rita Radostitz Eugene, OR
Kyra O’Kelley Atlanta, GA
Keiko McCracken Anacortes, WA I am half white, half Japanese. I can’t count the times someone has asked about my race, commented on my looks or name, or altered their response to me based on how I appear. As a child, I was teased because of my background; as an adult, I’ve had someone run [...]
Hao Nguyen Durham, NC I wanted to say… Black Vietnamese. Speak english, spanish, vietnamese. Eat suong kho, pho, and corn dogs. Words that describe my mixed race/heritage children. Having to choose only 6 words, I had to put them in order of words that most describe them. Having to choose what comes first — black [...]
Coco Smith Salem, OR A phenotype is not a race. There is only one human race. What people are calling race, is actually ethnicity. That is a cultural binding construct. It is that diversity that makes the world an interesting place. Without it, none of us would be here.
Anonymous Atlanta, GA Sometimes when people write articles about race, they tend to take things out of context and just take a blurb to make people outraged, when really the person was lecturing about a topic or was explaining something.
John Swissler Jr. Madison, WI It is usually said that the two topics you never raise in polite conversation are religion and politics. But my experience is that most people can have a far more useful conversation about either of those than they can about issues surrounding race. Gunnar Myrdal is still right: it remains [...]
Anonymous Chadbourne Residential College
Rachel Crooks Tallahassee, FL As a woman with a Mexican mother (“Mexican” to signify “mixed race,” although my mother has been identified by some as being Native American or Filipino or ‘Asian’) and a Jamaican father (his ethnicity is never questioned, though his nationality is reduced to ‘African American’), I grew up in a strange [...]
John King Catonsville, MD A wall made of no real human substance but fear. A wall where differences find a comforting place to self-justify. A wall behind which no growth occurs. A wall for the sake of a wall only.
Joycelyn Cole Terrytown, LA As a high school sophomore in 1955, I attended our school system’s Oratorical Contest. The finalists were a white girl from my high school and a black boy from St.Augustine H.S. We attended the contest in a high school auditorium. The black boy won. He walked out with a huge trophy. [...]
Laura Ann Harrell St. Simons Island, GA
Eric Isham Onondaga, MI
Barbara Kingsley Palo Alto, CA
Scott Pangrle Chimacum, WA A lot of us probably face prejudice on many levels.
David Parlier Atlanta, GA
Emily Vienna, VA
Natalie Gardner San Jose, CA
Debra Harper Minneapolis, MN
Katherine Fogelberg Fort Worth, TX We talk about race as though it is only something on the outside – but I have fought my whole life to find my “place” in the world. I was born in South Korea – found behind a movie theater at about 6 months of age – and lived my [...]
Kara Cannon Atlanta, GA
SKA1 Curacao Netherlands Antilles It is worth reflecting for a moment on the term “race” as used in the United States and in “The Race Card Project”. This is especially important as the US uses “race” as a data-collection term on the US Census forms and both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of [...]
Ann Sz Aurora, IL Check out the realities of race, in an article like http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/v36/n11s/full/ng1454.html – it describes race as a “weak surrogate” for a variety of genetic and non-genetic factors, from the perspective of medicine and genetics. Or this from distinguished anthropologist Alan R. Templeton: http://www.realfuture.org/GIST/Readings/Templeton(1998).pdf – who finds no defensible biological evidence for [...]
Kathryn Sacramento, CA Sad to say the issue of race still negatively challenges and polarizes people in so many parts of the world. This just means there is still opportunity to be empowered by what we can learn from each other if we can stop fearing people who are different.
Mike Thurman Seattle, WA
Martin MacKenzie Clackamas, OR I think these discussions have become so politically charged that no on can escape danger to one’s job, civil liability, or even in some cases, criminal charges. We even have thought laws now, an issue which was brought up in the George Zimmerman – Trayvon Martin trial. For those who remain [...]
Rick Brown Santa Barbara, CA As a white man I feel that I will never be able to have a legitimate open conversation about race because I feel that being white automatically brands me a as a racist no matter what I say.
Shel Cantor Astoria, OR Describe someone. You probably included the color of her eyes. You didn’t ignore her eye color, yet you don’t prejudge her nor treat her differently based on the color of her eyes. Race must become like eye color.
Elizabeth M Shontz Parker, NM I was on a murder trial several years ago. This is serious business and if there is not enough evidence beyond a reasonable doubt, there will be no conviction. Zimmerman should never have been charged in the first place. He acted within the parameters of Florida law which a clueless [...]
Tina Crisman Charlotte, NC
Michael Sanford, NC