Fear and reconciliation: oil and water

Dirk Elting, Honolulu, HI. People cannot reconcile their differences when they do not feel safe. We scare (and anger) one another not only through our acts, but through our criticism, defensiveness, stonewalling and contempt. What psychologist John Gottman has shown to be true for couples, I believe to be true for race relations. I have […]

Young black gang kids scare America.

David Evans, Seattle, WA. People equate young black gang members with crime and trouble… I was watching the PBS special and when the young black guys were speaking I felt they were in gangs and up to no good. You need to change the image of the young male black gang image or you will […]

Topic scares, unnerves, and embarrasses people.

Kathryn Sacramento, CA Sad to say the issue of race still negatively challenges and polarizes people in so many parts of the world. This just means there is still opportunity to be empowered by what we can learn from each other if we can stop fearing people who are different.

I tend to scare white people

Enrique Guzmán Tucson, AZ I also tend to scare those that are of a higher social class, the elderly and the people that believe the way I speak English is not the correct form of English. Overall, these people tend to be white. It’s a shame really. It’s terrible that the color of my skin […]


Educated. Black strangers scare me still.

Samantha Murphey, Submitted via: Scarlett called Scout. Read more about this essay: The Race Card Project http://www.scarlettcalledscout.com/2013/03/14/the-race-card-project/ Trent and I talk and read about race a lot. Atlanta is a minority majority city with a complicated history of racial tensions and triumphs that bleed into the present. Alone, moving here might have been enough to […]

Their age, not race, scares me

Jack Prewett San Bernardino, CA Many teens act like they are 10 ft tall, can live forever. I don’t know what happened in Trayvon’s case but I’m 6’5″ and 300 lbs and feel uncomfortable when confronted by young adults no matter what color they are. Standing with their hands in their pockets and they have […]