Keith Stokes, Newport, RI. Persons of African heritage have been far too long a background to much of American history. The more we can learn and share about our important contributions to American history, the more we as a people will be able to share in the full fruits of living and prospering in America.
Andrea Krida Goff, Providence, RI. I’m a teacher in a wonderfully diverse urban high school in Providence. Every year during Spirit Week, one of the days is devoted to cultural celebration. We have African-Americans wearing colorful headwraps, Asians wearing kimonos, Dominicans waving their country’s flag, and me. Every year I struggle with a wardrobe that […]
Tyler Miranda, Portsmouth, RI.
Pedro Morel, Providence, RI.
David Hopkins, Hopkinton, RI.
Layleen Providence, RI Most Americans say that immigrants ae taking over their jobs but we are all equal its all about the effort you put in
Lunia Collado Cranston, RI As an adult, I’ve been living between the US and the Dominican Republic. While in the US, curly/kinky hair is not usually a big deal, it definitely can be, and is often perceived as unprofessional for situations such as job interviews and media appearances. In the Dominican Republic, the issue of […]
Catherine Cranston, RI People do not call me a white girl but the girl in the wheelchair.
Kerwens R. Pinthiere Cranston, RI It really bothers me when people call me African American because of my skin color. I am Haitian and I am proud.
Abby Weiner Providence , RI Is it possible to keep my white privilege from harm to others? Is there any way to atone for my privilege?
Theil Baumann Ramsbey Smithfield, RI Everyone was so friendly when my family moved when I was in second grade. It was because, a classmate told me years later, they had never had a Negro in their class before. I am Caucasian but have olive skin that can tan deeply (although I never do this now!).
Joanne Pope Melish Wakefield, RI
Michelle Cox Cranston, RI
Richard Perez Bay Shore, NY I was born in North Kingstown RI and raised in Queens NY. Somehow, because I am Latino I am often not considered “American”. When I was a teen in the 80’s, I was actually told “Go back where you came from” by an Italian about my age at the time. […]
David Swain Wakefield, RI Four years in prison, away from family and friends in far away land, wrongfully convicted for murder, only white inmate, nearly died twice, much lost, learned, gained. Happily alive to live and share!
Alicia Velez Stewart Providence, RI I also could have gone with “Wow, you don’t look Puerto Rican,” or “You are too “white” for us.” My father is 100% Puerto Rican, my mother was an all American mutt (as she would say – Lithuanian, Irish and English). Even so, my last name was still Velez and […]
Claudia J. Ford Providence, RI For the vast majority of natural births we all come into the world exactly equal. But race remains the social and political myth that has circumscribed and defined who I am and who I am not, both negatively and positively.
Edward Chomka Warwick, RI Color discrimination? Unfortunately, alive and well. http://www.physanth.org/association/position-statements/biological-aspects-of-race/
Kristine Paulus Providence, RI
Carolyn Baldwin East Providence, RI As the mom of an adopted brown-skinned male, I have read a lot about growing up non-white in the US. I know that I still don’t get it, but my white friends get even less. It makes me sad.
Claire Rosenbaum Cumberland, RI