Dr. Jacqueline Lawrence, Windsor, CA. As a young child, my first memories of blacks in San Francisco were scary, and they weren’t from television. I remember smelling the strong scent of urine in the elevators, hearing moms tell their children to “Get cho ass out of my face” and “Go sit cho ass down” and [...]
Karen Skillin Rojas San Francisco, CA Adopted from Korea at 4 1/2 months old, I was raised in an entirely Caucasian family and community until I went to college. I often struggle with not identifying with my Asian exterior (yellow), which is how the world around me sees me. I find I identify so much [...]
Dan Kelly San Francisco, CA I was in a Brooklyn HS in the early 60s and the images coming from the south inspired me to question the social conventions that supported segregation, From that it was a short jump to questioning forteign policies that justified invading 3rd world countries. College seemed irrelevant and I left [...]
Diana Zhang San Francisco, CA
Camille G.S. San Francisco, CA Growing up as a first-generation Asian American, my family would tell me that I should marry a white man for economic and social stability. Not only would I have more stability but I would have “fairer-skinned children.” I hated the way they idolized Caucasians as the end-all for my life. [...]
Val’Dionna P. San Francisco, CA Throughout the years it has been a bit difficult to understand the many emotions and stereotypes being of color and mixed. It is important to understand that how one is raised growing up in a complex world that continues to critique someone on the features or melancholy of their skin [...]
Raymond Currie San Francisco, CA Thanks to the Race card project for the opportunity to say this. I often wonder, but could never say to my friends or family; it must be nice to be white? What is it like:… to be welcomed and treated with respect no matter what country one visits to be [...]
Kelly Close San Francisco, CA
Lisa Lee San Francisco, CA Asian Americans are constantly reminded that they don’t “belong” in America, despite their contributions of building up this great nation. We are reminded in ways big and small, such as the seemingly harmless remark of “but you speak English so well!” The Civil Rights Movement paved the way for all [...]
Danielle Guardado San Francisco, CA “What are you?” A simple question; yet, I had no answer. Every time I am asked this question, my response is always different and trying to explain to people that there are other countries in Latin America besides Mexico– “Wait. Where’s Nica-how do you pronounce that again?” –can get quite [...]
Maria Fuentes San Francisco, CA The beauty about living in San Francisco is that every ethnicity group you can think of has its own community. Latinos, especially Mexicans live in the Mission, Blacks live in the projects on third and in the Western Addition. Asians live in the Sunset and whites live in pretty Victorian [...]
Haylee San Francisco, CA I’m Irish and Puerto Rican. I have dirty blond hair and blue eyes; however, the texture of my hair doesn’t “fit the rest of my features.” Naturally my hair is coily and “nappy”. When I wear it natural people refer to me as black and my Puerto Rican side comes out. [...]
Jose Cabrera San Francisco, CA Can you not tell that I am different? From looking at me you would not be able to tell that I am vegetarian, that I care about the environment, and my grades. You would assume that I am Mexican, but then again aren’t all Latinos Mexican? You would assume that [...]
Kiesha Ireland-Tran San Francisco, CA I am an African American girl, yet I grew up scared of black people. I felt that I was unsafe and didn’t belong with them. An adult in my life lead me to believe these things that changed how I perceived myself and others. People identified me as ‘white’ despite [...]
Talha Baqar San Francisco, CA Being a Pakistani-American, you feel neither here nor there. Here you are a terrorist hell bent on destroying the country, and there you are some American traitor that is basically destined for hell.
Dinah Paulos San Francisco, CA My family originates in Ethiopia, and I am the first generation who was not born there. So what does that make me? I am the true definition of African American. My family is from Africa and I was born in America, thus making me an African American. When I tell [...]
Katherine Pan San Francisco, CA
Jennifer Ng San Francisco, CA
Justice Poppe San Francisco, CA It seems that everyone is calling for “tolerance” and “acceptance”, and yet do they realize that when they call us bigots, racists, homophobics, sexists, etc. they are succumbing to the same intolerance they charge us with?
Anonymous San Francisco, CA
Yoichi Paolo Shiga San Francisco, CA
Sophia Hummell San Francisco, CA Being a teen with a disability is a hardship, especially when individuals talk about what you can or cannot do. This can hurt even though is not physical it can still hurt.
Gene Heller San Francisco, CA In 1969 my best friend was black and had a serious Afro. I, a Jew with curly red hair, proudly imitated my friend’s hairstyle by using a pick to create a massive Jewfro. We often shared tales of how annoyed both sets of parents were about our out-of-control hair, and [...]
Joy Osborne San Francisco, CA
Paco Romane, San Francisco, CA. I grew up in an all white racist small town, with a hispanic nickname (paco), a white mom, and a black step-dad who’s last name was White. It taught me a lot including I believe there are two different kinds of white people: those become “black” around black people and [...]
Audrianna Galvin, San Francisco, CA. Half black, half white female
Sarah Lee San Francisco, CA My family’s migration stories trace back only two generations, but as a second generation Chinese American, I am often unaware of the struggles and hardships my grandparents went through before living in North America. What I have found most interesting as I’ve uncovered some of these migration stories is that, [...]
Dolores Zacconi San Francisco, CA Growing up in the projects as one of the ” 5% white”, had a profound impact on my life; sometimes I was accepted, sometimes I wasn’t. I never felt like I “belonged”; I didn’t play in the playground on the projects’ grounds; I didn’t hang out in the corridors or [...]
David San Francisco, CA Policing blackness is when other African Americans determine what views are acceptable and then deintergrate or cast out fellow African Americans who do not share the same view.
John Doe San Francisco, CA I’m a large black man. I have issues leaving the store right behind women. I have had women obviously cross the street and change directions. I make sure their are no women directly in front of me as I leave the store; If their are I pretend to answer a [...]
Regina Wurst San Francisco, CA I am on a steep learning curve, but glad for the impetus of family that makes me stretch.
Rachel Robbins San Francisco, CA When I was child, we didn’t really have the commonly held words and concepts regarding the identities of biracial people the way we now do. So I was understandably a bit confused by my biracial family. My mom and aunties are biracial, and my own father was out of the [...]
R.Henry Goins San Francisco, CA I am a genealogist. I have been researching my North Carolina family for about ten years now. I found my great grandfather’s family in some notes held at the North Carolina Archives. The family lived in Belews Creek and Sauratown. Sauratown sounds like sorrow. I found a ledger with the [...]
Terri Hunter-Davis San Francisco, CA My daughters are 11 and 14. I am middle-aged. Like many women of my generation, I had a career before I had a family. Countless times I’ve been asked if they’re my grandchildren. No, I did not get pregnant in high school. Funny, no one questions a white woman in [...]
Hannah Sadat-Tehrani San Francisco, CA
Submitted via Twitter: @zerode San Francisco, CA A quote from jazz critic Albert Murray. More about Albert Murray: Taken from http://www.blackpast.org/?q=aah/murray-albert-1916 Albert Murray, an African American novelist, jazz critic, professor, and essayist, was born in Nokomis, Alabama on May 12, 1916. His birth parents were Sudie Graham and John Young but he was adopted by [...]
Christy Berger San Francisco, CA Being non racist in our day to day lives is great, but it is not the same as being anti racist. We need to start with the former in many cases, but our challenge is to not lose sight of the latter.
Saundra Davis San Francisco, CA Biracial before it was cool…people often refuse to accept that I’m a Black woman…or they assume I would rather be white (after all, I could “pass”)
Andrea Hyson San Francisco, CA About two months ago, I finally met a new employee in another department. This woman and I had numerous phone conversations but hadn’t yet met. I decided to stop by her office to introduce myself. Another employee was at her door as I approached. As I turned into her office, [...]
Nancy Silverrod San Francisco, CA As a kid, before I understood anything about racism, I wished I was black, because I thought people with brown skin were more beautiful.
Anthony Fusco San Francisco, CA
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 [...]
Marilyn Wann San Francisco, CA Thanks!
Paul Day San Francisco, CA
John Calloway San Francisco, CA I have been struggling with being a mixed race, multi-racial, muliti-ethnic identiy all my life. Belonging neither here nor there. I mean how can you be Filipino-American with a name like Calloway?
Christian Meyer San Francisco, CA A denial of opportunity, such as employment or admission to a higher learning institution, for example, based on the color of one’s skin color is an act of racism.
Lloyd Knob San Francisco, CA
John Wong San Francisco, CA I’m an American Born Chinese and am in my early 20’s, while riding the train, this was said to me by a Hispanic gentleman. He said it to me in broken English, which took me aback. I questioned his audacity for saying this to me & proceeded to go into [...]
Lisa Okuhn San Francisco, CA
Leslie Veen San Francisco, CA There have been times when I have used a word or phrase that seemed neutral in meaning to me only to be informed by someone from a different cultural background that it is actually quite offensive. Sometimes it feels hard to have any conversation at all without stepping on unknown [...]
Åsa Nojd San Francisco, CA For better or worse, my accent changes others’ perception of me in an instant when they hear me speak. That used to make me feel very self-conscious and I sometimes avoided talking, not to reveal that I’m actually a foreigner and not just another white American. It took me a [...]
Kirsten Gustavson San Francisco, CA
Sarabjit Baveja San Francisco, CA Over two hundred thousand innocent Sikhs in this country are being routinely hated, victimized, profiled and discriminated against because they wear turbans as part of religious attire. Little Sikh children are being severely bullied in schools. Please help stop this madness, please stand up for your Sikh neighbors and friends.
Kevin Rooney San Francisco, CA Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation
Anonymous San Francisco, CA Had it been the other way around, the story wouldn’t be such big news. Nobody would think to doubt the black man’s guilt.
Sandy Harris San Francisco, CA
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.
Ella Natel San Francisco, CA
Holly Middleton San Francisco, CA