Valerie Guerrero, Mission, TX. All my life I’ve grown up around my Hispanic family. It’s unusual for me to ever say something in English in front of them out of respect because they don’t really understand the language. The few times that I accidentally say something in English I get the old “no eres gringa, […]
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.
Lana Moore, Sarcoxie, MO. I am the youngest of eight children, who were all encouraged to further our education. All eight of us went to college. Our mother taught in a one room school house until she was expecting her fourth child, and our father was a mechanic.Our parents raised us to view all people […]
Haley Sprecher, Portland, OR. I have grown up in a diverse community and have been raised to respect everyone for who they are. Every single one of us has had different experiences which makes us individuals. Something has to change, the behavior of some people is unacceptable. A little bit of respect goes a long […]
Omar Ortega, Pescadero, CA.
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?
Jennessa Cairo, Los Angeles, CA. I believe it’s important to know who we are, and to learn and respect our cultures all over the globe. But growing up I never saw race, I just saw people as equals. Sometimes I just don’t understand why is matters to people.
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.
David Nesbit, Dover, DE. I’m conflicted because I see everyday what happens to people who look like me but at the same time I depend on these folks who, in general, are responsible for me driving home in uniform and keeping my county work ID on me just to have the respect that I deserve. […]
Alice N, TN. I want to feel like my achievements are because of me and not because of my race. However, I’m told that I’ve only gotten to where I am because I’m white. This makes me feel like years of studying into early morning and fighting to get myself noticed out of a sea […]
Srushya Krishnan, St. Louis, MO.
Curtis Bleaux, New Orleans, LA. People value nationalities, the privilege & the poverty struck. But we should value the Respect Value giving everyday by our peers, coworkers and society we live in… All our bones are white with red blood when exposed… Stop degrading one another based on pigmentation it’s only skin. We are Humans […]
Sally Miller, New Douglas, IL. My doctor of 10 years is on the 9200 block of Ferguson. He is black, I am white. I go to the area 1-2 times per month and am always treated with respect. I always bought gas at the QT that burned down and was treated like an old lady, […]
Anastasia Rogers, Detroit, MI. I am a firm believer that everyone, no matter if you’re a man, woman, or something in between, black, white, Asian, or a different race, should be treated equally and with respect. That being said, I often find myself making snap, harsh judgments about people that I’ve never even had a […]
Susan Cooper Alexandria, VA I’m not black, but I really wish that more Americans would show some respect for our first black President.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]