Kathleen E Lo Pinto Vignolini, Long Branch, NJ. No other group, except maybe the Jews, have had such a long period of discrimination against them. From Slavery, to post Civil war (the North won the battle, but lost the war!) of Jim Crow, “separate but equal” led to Segregation both de facto & legalized, all [...]
Bill Fullmer, DeWitt, MI. If we show respect to all people we come in contact with, or near contact with, there is no basis for a racial bias. If an individual does something to diminish my respect for that person, I am dealing with that individuals behavior and not their race. Aretha had it right.
David H Willis Jr., Lansing, MI. Culture is the collective shared belief system for a group of people. Different cultures can respect, value and grow by sharing. Racism occurs when this breaks down.
Louis Wausau, WI 2013 Attitude, Uneducated, Dependant, Poor, Feared, Unhappy
Marne Eggleston Conway, AK More than anything else, I want to be understood as a person, and I deeply desire to understand others as individuals. Whatever our differences, I hope that when I make contact with another person that our interaction leaves us both with mutual feelings of respect, peace, optimism, and of our necessity [...]
Graham Forrester Saskatoon, Saskatchewan These are the six words that I live my life by
Nell Date Trinidad It hard to think after all this, the black race still call them self n*****. I find my-self as a black woman that we still lack the respect for ourself. May be some days we can be mentally free. No one talk about this any more it is sad that we hold [...]
Gayle H Swift Palm City, FL It is essential that we become color-respectful instead of color blind. As we value all colors of the human rainbow, we are all elevated in mutual respect.
Hailey Irvington, NY The people who stood up for equal rights are brave!
Rosie Vasen New York City, NY
Margaret Maxstadt Milwaukee, WI
Lenore J. Domers Appleton, WI I read this “name” in a book entitled Colonel Carter’s Christmas, by F. Hopkinson Smith, published in 1903. It is disturbing to me for the lack of respect for the dignity of a human person.
Mark Anderson Salt Lake City, UT Assimilation or washing away all of our differences is not desirable. The key is to acknowledge diversity, choosing to be tolerant and respectful.
Evelyn P Yenson Seattle, WA And we need to have mutual trust, respect and kindness
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 [...]
Jeffery J Jaekley Bolivar, MO Race matters. It shapes our identity, yet it is not the whole of our identity. There are elements that are common to the experience of any racial group, yet these are not universal to all members of that group. I’m bi-racial–white and Native American. Among whites, I’m often the darkest [...]
Christopher Ramsey Phoenix, AZ From Mexico, to Ireland to Guam and then back to Spain. I embrace the wealth in language, food, faith and tradition. I intend to continue what my parents started and charitably inform those inquisitive minds to breakdown their misconceptions into fertile ground for understanding and respect.
Susan Cooper Alexandria, VA I’m not black, but I really wish that more Americans would show some respect for our first black President.
Vincent Remolete Boston, MA I had blacks and whites chasing me home after school. Anyone Asian was considered a chink or a jap in 50’s America. My father was a veteran of WWII. No respect.
Alex Liu Columbia, MD Culture, inmigration patterns, history – it’s all very nuanced. Confucius did boil down the success formula though…what do ya’ll think?
Jacob Stuart, FL If its ok to take pride in your race, why is taking pride in being white racist? I’m proud of who I am and if I have to respect your race, you have to respect mine.
C.S. Concord, CA Shouting at each other over the fences that divide us hasn’t served us. It shows a fundamental lack of respect and obscures any attempt to view each other, our opinions, our inclinations and needs in a measured, reasonable way. We have to be able to face each other, look each other in [...]
Madeline Boccuzzi Duke University, NC
Lauren Seashore Morris, MN
Gary Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation As a police officer most black people talk to me like they want to fight before I even talk to them. They know nothing about me. My Latino partner is always called Uncle Tom. I give respect when I get respect. Why do so many blacks hate [...]