White, female – begin to speak – IMMIGRANT!

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 […]

Not big deal unless made one.

Paola Mendez Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan Race is a social construct and will continue to be seen as an issue in our society until we stop making it one. We need to simply teach our children that people look different but that appearances have no effect on one’s character and […]

Muslim. Assumption I don’t speak English.

Elizabeth Liechti Chicago, IL Because I also speak German and Arabic I am sometimes VERY tempted to have a bit of fun with the person or persons making the assumption. Usually I say nothing and simply walk out of earshot, but once in a while I find it necessary to say, in English, “I can […]