Being white doesn’t mean can’t understand

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Tim Fall El Macero, CA I refuse to believe that complete understanding is barred because of the color of a person’s skin. There may be other factors that interfere – culture, economics, religion – but not the amount of melanin in one’s epidermis. Being in a mixed race family and raising children who are navigating [...]

Seek to understand; then find forgiveness.

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Stephanie Bell Easton, PA More than 40 years ago, I was verbally assaulted on my college campus by a militant group of black girls who accused me and my roommate of playing a prank on them. The college urged us to apologize (for something we hadn’t done). Even after the true pranksters came forward, the [...]

To Understand, you have to listen.

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Michael Wendlandt Drake University Des Moines, IA Current culture is so based on social media and on entertainment, that stereotypes are becoming more and more commonplace among the youth. Because of that, no one has taken the time to listen to issues about race in America recently, at least to the point where they deeply [...]

Couldn’t understand kid who mowed lawn.

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Nancy L Moore Livingston, MT We lived in DC 1964-65 and one day a kid from the inner city offered to mow our lawn. He so wanted to do a good job he was starting to cut it too short. So my dad sent me out to offer him some lemonade to get him to [...]

You’re not Spanish, you wouldn’t understand.

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Sean Patrick Nicholl Storrs, CT Heard it plenty of times… I mention that my first name is after my grandfathers; John… y Juan. That stops them for a second. John, Juan, and Sean are all the same name in various languages. A great grandfather of mine adds Jean to the list. They think I’m joking. [...]

I wish I could fully understand.

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Hilary E. Cooke West Lafayette, IN I was unsure how to answer “where I am” because I am currently on sabbatical in France, but I technically and a resident of West Lafayette, Indiana. Although I’ve been thinking about the race card project for a while, it is only here, on sabbatical, that I’ve finally had [...]

Quick to Judge. Slow to understand

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Submitted by Paul Cutter Potsdam, NY Lyrics by:  Neal Peart, drummer for the band,  Rush From the song “Witch Hunt” The night is black, without a moon. The air is thick and still. The vigilantes gather on The lonely torchlit hill. Features distorted in the flickering light, Faces are twisted and grotesque. Silent and stern [...]

Little brown man in white class.

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Student Century College, MN As an English language learner, sometimes I feel bad, shy, and ashamed.  I still struggle as everybody moves on.  Every day I am waiting to understand what everybody understands.  By that time I am going to feel I am a big man. See more from the Century Race Card Project conversation: [...]