Olivia Loesch, SHAKOPEE, MN. I always feel bad when I am trying to work at Target and go through my day when I see someone being racial to a guest. I try to step in but typically the white person makes me help them instead. I want to help all of those around me in […]
Mike R., Midlothian, VA. My six words reflect the reality that even with the increasing diversity in the U.S. and the increased interactions across racial and ethnic lines, White supremacy still exists. I think many people naively assume that the increasing diversity will solve our racial problems. However, racial segregation still exists, under investment in […]
Lauren Lola Newark, CA Why are people always so curious about what my racial makeup is? They treat it like it’s a game- like they’re going to win a prize if they get it right. The overly asked question “What are you?” often is directed at me by individuals who are just meeting me the […]
Jordan Seigal, Flushing, NY. I’m Eurasian with a white father. At times I think, of course he was white. I wonder why, exactly. Why were Asian men not good enough? I look Asian. I have been turned down and called terrible things by Asian women, because of my appearance. Am I considered better because I […]
Racquel Picou, New Orleans, LA. Aspen X To me race is just a social and political construct that is very binding. A reason for humans to hate each other’s differences and to create these unwarranted and detestable battles for superiority. I’ve been forced before to just tick a single box in standardized test that says […]
Elizabeth Clair Winslow, Denver, CO. No one from my immediate family showed up when George and I were married. But when Olivia was born, all that changed. George was from Jamaica… a brown man. I was from Maryland; Mom said black Irish. Olivia teaches us about Intersectionality and Bias, twenty years later.
Hunter Jaymz Harris, Lakeland, FL. I’m mixed with a bunch of things. Yet it’s best never to forget the people and places you come from.
Isabelle Norconk, San Diego, CA. As a white woman, I don’t experience the struggle and discrimination that other men and women of minority groups feel. That’s not to say I have no problems, they just don’t have to do with systemic racism and racial stereotypes. Something I can do to combat this and to add […]
Kaniela Kelekolio, Captain Cook, HI. The legacy of slavery and, for much of history, the demographics of the USA have led to ‘white vs black’ being the central racial discussion. But as America grows more diverse and East and South Asian, Pacific Islander, Hispanic communities and white and black ethnic subgroups flourish, they challenge a […]
Peter Nanula, Newport Coast, CA. I look white and was raised in mostly white areas, so no one knows I am half-black. Because they don’t know, they don’t make racial judgments. This feels hopeful – as we inter-marry (like my parents did) and integrate our society, bias and discrimination go away over time. We all […]
Bruce Landwaster Cleveland, OH In the 70s sci-fi promised us many things, one of those things was racial harmony.
Jeanette.Ju-Pierre Westminster, England
Katherine McDowell Portland, OR
Terry Paull, Bothell, WA.
Ben Nally, Bowling Green, KY.
Anna Russell, Mangum, OK. #TheRaceCard is used by government to muddy the REAL ISSUE, the class divisions. When ppl are crammed in the ghettos of the largest cities it breeds contempt. Jobs and parents are scarce. Violence reigns supreme. The majority in the inner cities are black but not all, every color is there and […]
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.
“GIRL” Seattle, WA Thinking about who I am and my racial past in the US.
Meg Paul Hattiesburg, MS Recently, we had a very close mayoral race between the incumbent and his challenger. It was brought to light that there were many irregularities at the polls and particularly with illegal absentee ballots. The problems with process were very well documented and needed to be addressed. The only way to do […]
Damian Kendrick Seaside, CA I have so many labels placed on me that I get tired, racial and otherwise. I am so much more than all these labels. I am Damian.
Ralph E. Moore, Jr., Baltimore, MD.
Joshua Walters South Bend, IN
Sue Rushfirth Sudbury, MA It strikes me that one way of assessing just how evolved we are as a culture would be to consider the reaction of most people to a trans racial adoption with black parents and a white baby.
Bobesh Silhavy Naples, FL Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.
Michael Santarosa Salt Lake City, UT
Gregory Kabacinski Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan
Felice Chang Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation
Marcia Dawkins Submitted via Twitter: @drdawkins09 #TheRaceCardProject
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 […]
Carrie Poggio Pollock Pines, CA It’s appalling and sad how rampant racism is in our nation and in our world. It is humanity’s Achilles heel. We have not realized the dream.
Dan Kamis Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation (I am a white male)