Ben, Madison, WI. Every time I think about race, especially when I’m asked to indicate it, I feel three things: anxiety, resentment and shame. Anxiety: Even if I have the option not to indicate my race I feel a wave of anxiety. I have a “White name” and light skin, English was my first language, […]
Anthony P. Larson, Phoenix, AZ. I think my six words speak for themselves. We are all children if the same God .
Ally C., Madison, WI. People need to realize we are made up of the same bone structure. Our anatomy makes us, us and the color of our skin or the differences in our cultures do not define us.
Megan Wurtz, Garden City, MI.
Jeannette Brown, Submitted via Twitter @Sisterchemist, #theracecardproject
Tina S. Walther, Milan, MI. My mother was pregnant with me when she moved from upstate NY to the south in 1962. While the weather was nice the surroundings were challenging – especially for a white, woman, Catholic, with no accent and someone not willing to have a maid or gardener. So it was time […]
Drew Middleton, Summerville, GA. My six words are about people thinking that they are different but they are all basically the same in one way or another.
Anonymous, Lincoln, NE. I teach Native Studies (among other things) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and I volunteer with the Native groups in the state prison system. Walking across the quad I see mostly white faces– walking across the yard not so much. Makes me sad. And mad. Also wanted to comment on your “South […]
Secunda Joseph, Houston, TX. I’ve always seen the beauty in myself even as a kid. My brother and I were the darkest of all aunts, and cousins besides my brother, and around family ” I was everything good” one of my several nicknames was chocolate drop. Then kindergarten started what I heard was “with your […]
Andrea Miranda, Houston, TX.
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.
Steve Wilson, Marietta, GA.
Anonymous, Milwaukee, WI. After writing/blogging about race for over 15 years at Blackfriendonline.com there is only 1 thing I’ve learned. We all want and fear the same things, hurt to us and those we love and also failure.
Dawn Erica Veronica Murray Nadeaud Toronto, Canada Irrespective of race, religion and country of origin, we all want and deserve the same things – peace, love and prosperity for our families and for ourselves. We are more alike than we are different. This is what I have learned over the past 48 years of my […]
Satoshi Kanazawa Portland, OR
Coral Sharrow, Las Vegas, NV. When it comes down to it, we are all the same, just socialized different. Love who you are, and those around you.
Terrell Nyangai, Grand Rapids, MN.
Paige VandenBrink, Holland, MI. The worst question I have ever been asked is, “Do you love them the same?”. This was a question I was asked when I got a new adopted black cousin. I almost cried because I was too young to understand why anyone couldn’t love someone the same just because of a […]
Rachel, USA. We are all human and we are not different but the same. A beautiful rainbow.
Richard Tango-Lowy, Manchester, NH.
R. Johnson Jackson, MS I love this place I call home because my family’s roots are strong here; however, it seems like the more things change, the more they stay the same! #WHATTHEHELLISGOINGONANDDOESANYBODYELSENOTICE?
Susan B New York City, NY Brooklyn
Jacque Howard Tenton, NJ Growing up in Central NJ as well as my diverse educational and professional experiences. I have come to the belief that humans do not recognize other humans who look differently as the same. I believe most people want the best for themselves and others, the hard part is living in a […]
Deirdre M. DeLoatch New York City, NY Brooklyn Sometimes we focus on the differences that divide us, but we are more alike than we are different.
Isabella Beavan New York City, NY Brooklyn It is not right to treat people different because their color skin is different
Steve Bedminster, NJ Humans are diverse. Not all whites are the same culturally and genetically, and the same applies for Asian, Latin American, Spanish, and Black people as well. In this diverse world you will meet a great deal of diverse people. Most of them will be of different ethnicities than you. This is perfectly […]
DANIELLE ABRAMS New York City, NY Brooklyn
Nathan S Detroit, MI With all of the talk of racial tensions in the US today, it is important to remember that the only difference between the commonly accepted races is skin color and, sometimes, facial features. Beyond that, people are all largely the same. Studies have been made showing that the vast majority of […]
Olivia Bozeman, MT We’re all like chocolate cake. You can frost those cakes with white frosting, yellow or heck, even purple. The thing is, chocolate cake is chocolate cake even if it has purple frosting.
Albert Toronto Who are the real Americans? Why do we have African Americans, Asian Americans, Chinese Americans, Korean Americans, but not English Americans, German Americans?
Kathy Reynolds Torrance, CA
Dennis Donnelly Severn, MD Being a practicing Christian I believe that God created each of us in His own image. Not to be confused with or determined by outward appearances but by the essence of our being.
Jim Pappa Philadelphia, PA
Amelia Gaillard Gloria J. Alee
AH Simpler Birmingham, AL
T. Parker Dallas, TX I pray for the day when I can walk into any store and get the same treatment as the people who walk in behind me. I pray for the day that I can proudly be taken home to meet any man’s family instead of being told that I will never be […]
Stuart Lipnick Glencoe, IL
Brian Makris Blacksburg, VA I’m from a small town in upstate NY, and we had two African American families in our town. We just viewed them like everyone else, and I didn’t experience any racism growing up. When I went into the Army in 1991, I experienced my first bit of racism from Southern white […]
Pete Reich San Francisco, CA I heard the piece on Race Card and six word essay on NPR and was intrigued at the topic and motivated to come up with my own 6 word essay, based loosely on my experiences growing up and traveling etc., and mine came naturally to me. My hope and goal […]
Carlos Dume Ann Arbor, MI I chose these six words because even though there is not much difference concerning race biologically, there is socially. Growing up I learned that the color of our skin and our cultural background impact the type of treatment we get. Race serves as a constant reminder that no matter how […]
Brigid Greska Ann Arbor, MI An interesting point has been brought up in multiple classes I have taken this year: between “races” there are more similarities than within each “race”. This further proves that race does not actually exist and that it should no longer be a factor. It is perplexing to me how it […]
Bryan Ren Ann Arbor, MI Being an Asian American in the United States has created a dilemma. I find it hard to relate to being strictly American, but I also discover difficulties while trying to hold on to my Chinese roots. As a result of my race in this country, I feel a disconnection between […]
Malie Carvalho Hilo, HI This is what my daughter says to me…she looks like her other parent, not all of our races are the same.
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.
Phyllis J. Jones Columbus, GA
Casey Patterson College Park, MD The University of Maryland
Jorge Janeiro Geraardsbergen, Belgium I’ve learned that it’s not about ethnic origins, it’s about human nature. There is good and bad everywhere in this world, regardless of gender, religion, color or sexual orientation. Our humanity is the link that binds us. Lack of it, is what could extinguish us.
Dawn Clearwater, fl We are all healing these wounds- exposing it the air is the best way to heal.
Marc Durchfort Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation
Barry Schoenbart, MD Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation As a physician, the first thought that came to mind was, “Inside we all look the same.” Thank you.
Peggy Hutchinson Columbus, OH Different meaning; culturally, religiously, socio-economically Same meaning; we breathe the same air, the same way; we are the same creatures What’s good (or bad) for one is good (or bad) for all of us.