Joan Pleune New York City, NY Brooklyn I was a 1961 freedom rider. When I look at Brooklyn today through a lens of race, life seems better for only a handful of lucky souls.
Powerful words from a high school student—shared during the second annual Youth Diversity Forum with a room full of Washtenaw County high schoolers—helped set the tone for a day-long discussion Friday at Eastern Michigan University.
About 200 students and teachers from every public school district in Washtenaw County attended the forum, held at EMU’s College of Business in downtown Ypsilanti.
High school students participate in a social identity exercise at the second annual Youth Diversity Forum at Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business in Ypsilanti.
Arthur Webster Carlsbad, CA Obviously, this shouldn’t be the case, but often I feel as though people think it is ok. I live North of the border, and while Canadians have a slight tendency to get…shall we say, a bit self-righteous over racism (underground railroad, anyone? Outlawing slavery? We’re the good one’s, right?). I don’t [...]
Bjorn Leslie Harlson Seattle, WA For the longest time I was not fully aware of my own privilege. I would be one of those crying “reverse racism” at things like affirmative action, or any other sort of law that identifies people by their race in anyway. After taking some classes in the matter and talking [...]
Katie P. Austin, TX
Judith L. Brett Terre Haute, IN
Janet Urban Aurora, IL I was raised in a small all-white town and never saw a black person except on TV until I was 17 (1975). From the first experience I was confused as to racism. What I saw was fellow human beings who happened to look different. From that point on I refused to [...]
Jusitn J. Major Wheaton, IL Kenyan, Socialist, Fascist, Crypto-Islamist AND Anti-White Christian? All of those and more are simultaneously believable about the President of the United States because he is black. Many Americans don’t hate the President because he’s black, they hate him for other, more socially acceptable reasons that they find plausible because he’s [...]
Matt Rose Sterling Heights, MI For five years I was a SHARP (Skinhead Against Racial Prejudice.) In those five years, every preconceived notion I had about racism, anti-racism and idealism got turned on its head. I was hated by racist Whites for being a “race traitor”, and hated by everyone else for looking like what [...]
Jeffrey Deffenbaugh Kensington, MD I grew up in what was the most diverse zip code in the country at the time in the sixties, 20895. I went to school with people of all colors and nationalities. I never learned how to hate. It’s all about how you’re raised isn’t it? I had great parents and [...]
Ruth Ann Calandra Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation
Martin M. Guerra San Antonio, TX Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation Originally I wanted to write “Despite our best efforts, racism persists”. However, I must take out the word “best” because we haven’t done our best to eradicate racial intolerance. Thus I submit “Despite our efforts, racism still exists.” Thank you for promoting [...]
Amye New Orleans, LA As far as we come and as much as we make progress it seems as if we keep falling into cycles of racism even if the names and dates change the racism stays the same.
Robert San Francisco, CA Fear of outsiders is not the same as hate for outsiders. Urban cultural stereotypes popularized and promoted by the very individuals in that culture have played an important role I creating fear. It’s not the reason but it is irresponsible of us not to talk about it.
Stacey McMackin Richmond Heights, MO