Kaniela Kelekolio, Captain Cook, HI. The legacy of slavery and, for much of history, the demographics of the USA have led to ‘white vs black’ being the central racial discussion. But as America grows more diverse and East and South Asian, Pacific Islander, Hispanic communities and white and black ethnic subgroups flourish, they challenge a […]
Anthony Chicaiza, Belleville, NJ. I’m a first-generation Latino-American stuck between cultures and expectations of masculinity and gender on both sides. Which do I present today?
Corey, USA. 93%-95% of African-Americans voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012. Is it a coincidence that Obama is African-American? African-Americans can call each other “n*****” and freak out when white people use the word in a non-insulting way. They call white people crackers and they don’t care. If someone commits a crime towards an […]
Kim Tranumn, USA. The first and last president to devote considerable attention to Sickle Cell Disease was suprisingly Richard Nixon, a Quaker. Whle it is one of the most prevalent life-threatening diseases, it does not receive the same level of funding and research because it is still considered a “black disease” although anyone of any […]
Erika, USA. I am a white woman that is dating a black man. I tried to think racism didn’t exist anymore until I started dating my boyfriend. The stares we’ve gotten from white people while in public, the comments we’ve gotten from older white folks, and even the responses of friends have made me realize […]
Johnny B., USA. Growing up in thee northeast US, in a multi-racial mixed racial attitude combined with military and college education has afforded me a peaceful coexistence.
Emma GreenWood, USA. I live by these words. I believe life is beautiful, no matter how difficult. Every day we wake up, we never know what’s in store for us. It’s exciting and wonderful to just be alive, that’s why it’s “being alive”. Being alive is amazing, and fulfilling. Before we know it, life is […]
Anoymous, USA. I’m 1/4 white genetically. But I look white–light eyes, fair skin, freckles–despite the fact that my full-siblings don’t. My best friend is half white and looks white. Mixed-race kids who look 100% white do exist. And we did grow up in the same neighborhoods, with the same families, in the same cultures as […]
Satoshi Kanazawa Portland, OR
Jamaal, USA. http://thepoetryquestion.com/2013/05/17/whats-in-a-name/
Brittany Moore, Syracuse, NY.
Kitt Smith, USA. I have white skin, green eyes and brown hair. I appear every bit a homogeneous American white. I am not. I am a first generation American born to a Mexican illegal and a Irish immigrant. My family has no history here and no part in the oppression of black people. Both sides […]
Michaela Helinski, USA. Yes I am white, yet I am so much more than a color. I have a whole history behind me of relatives traveling from different parts of the world in order to make a new life in America. Yes I am Polish as my last name contains a “ski”, but that is […]
Jake, USA. My mother is from Ghana and my father is from New York. I am African-American and it drives me crazy when people who have a distant relative from Africa consider themselves African-American when they have no cultural ties to Africa. Black Culture is different from African Culture.
Kate Moss, Tuscaloosa, AL. The narrative of ‘work hard and you will flourish’ has become the rallying cry for people unwilling to face the realities of systemic inequity in the United States. I do not believe the American Dream is alive and well, but I think the idea of it allows people to keep a […]
Dale Li, USA. Hood Museum of Art, Witness
Emmy Corey, Harrisburg, PA. I’m a white Alabama native from an all-white town with a black sister who is 17 years younger than I. I love passing down the things that I enjoyed at her age- dolls, movies, books. For the most part, she likes receiving them too. The problem is that before she came […]
Drew Baker, East Lansing, MI.
Bridget Humphrey, East Lansing, MI.
Malik Evans, East Stroudsburg, PA. Syracuse University I am from East Stroudsburg, PA, which is a huge ski and snowboard resort area. Whenever I tell people where I am from and what I do during the winter time at home, they seem to be lost and confused as to how I can ski.
Tyler Logan, East Lansing, MI. Don’t fall under the pressure of society telling you that because of your skin color your path has already been chosen for you. Make your own path and lead the way for others regardless of what color your skin is! Success is colorblind!
Katelyn Prine, East Lansing, MI. As a white student who grew up in rural Michigan, my conception of race did not exist in my small community. For me learning about race is best done through meeting people who have faced the struggles and building relationships. Groups like MRULE on campus have inspired my growth and […]
Bonnie Shoultz, Syracuse, NY. I was a young person during the 1960s, and dreamed that this country would overcome its terrible history of oppression and enslavement of whole groups of people based on their race, culture, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and class. We have made many changes, but oppression and murder of people who are […]
Caitlin Wong, USA. I am a White American woman who relatively recently started seeing a Chinese man. He was born and raised in American, but he is not biracial. It’s a fairytale romance – I am in love and I couldn’t be happier. At first it surprised me that we got stares, especially in New […]
Aspen, USA. The world likes it that way.
Faith Roessel, Bethesda, MD. Georgetown Day I am Navajo Indian, born and raised on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. I now live in the “bubble” and within the “beltway” of Washington, DC with my non Indian husband and my three incredible boys. No one can imagine the challenges we face day in and day out […]
David Norwood, USA. (Not sure what the rule is on contractions I first realized I wasn’t afraid of black people when I was in grad school in Denton TX. A friend and I had just been out at the clubs and were finishing the evening at Whataburger, as was typical in that place and time. […]
Barbara Fought, Jamesville, NY. Faculty The most impacting cultural experience for me related to race was when in the 20s I lived in Detroit, a majority-black city.
Jorge Talamantes, Azusa, CA. Student ’15 I am a Latino man of Mexican and Cuban descent, so when people tell me that I speak Spanish well because I happen to have lighter skin and “can pass as a white boy”, I am offended that they relate skin color to race and ethnicity. My race and […]
Kyler Harrington, Syracuse, NY. Student ’16
Austin Smith, Fayetteville, NY. Student ’15
Rose Collins, Syracuse, NY. Highschool Student ’16 I believe that if we don’t appreciate our differences or acknowledge the fact that we are all different, then we will repeat the prejudice and pain we’ve seen in our past. We all have different stories and cultures, and if we don’t acknowledge that then we will be […]
Eoin Gallagher, Syracue, NY. Student ’16
Eric Goodwin, Syracuse, NY.
Sophia Klemenz, Liverpool, NY. It should not matter what race you are. We are all occupying the same planet and should be able to get along despite what we look like and where we came from.
Emmett Dunn, Syracuse, NY. Student ’15
Conor Gollegly, Syracuse, NY. Student ’15
John Smith, Syracuse, NY. Student ’16
Johnny V. Miller, Syracuse, NY.
Hunter Andersen, Cortland, NY. Student ’15
Monte Stroman, Syracuse, NY. Student ’15 I am black but if you look past my skin you would never know
Eve, Syracuse, NY. Student ’16 You should not let people’s color affect your opinion of them.
Chris Bedigian, Syracuse, NY.
Dana Tuohey, Syracuse, NY. Community Member I believe that racism is more harmful now to society than ever. I believe this is so because we have convinced ourselves that slavery and the civil rights movements were “victories” for the minorities of our society and we no longer owe it to the other races to continue […]
Nick Thurlow, Syracuse, NY. Student ’15
Elizabeth Adams, Manilus, NY. Student ’16 “Racial Profiling”
Scarlet Louis-Jean, Syracuse, NY.
Anavlis, Syracuse, NY. I am a brown woman from Latin-America, meaning I am a black Latina. I also live in the projects, meaning I am also about as a poor as they come (from a private univesity point of view). I was born with a surprising 4 strikes against me, a quadruple minority who is […]
Vicki R. Brackens, North Syracuse, NY. Community Member
Amaia Diaz, Chesapeake, VA.
Teagan Peacock, Syracuse, NY. There is only one African-American family in my rural neighborhood. My stepbrother got into a fight with one of the boys in the family and threatened to hang him. I was never more embarrassed in my life.
Patricia L. Gadsden, Central, PA. As an African American female in the 1960’s, I was discouraged from attending college. It was explained to me that I wasn’t college material. I’m not sure what they really meant since I graduated with straight A’s from high school.
Michael Candiotti, Fall Church, VA.
Eric Kelderman, USA. For much of my life, people assumed I was Jewish. After I met my biological parents, I found out they were right — and wrong.
Katie, USA. My family is proudly multicultural and many shades of brown, from my pinky-beige to my cousins’ deep cocoa tones. In the past year I have been accused of being racist more times than I can count. When I ask why they would say that the answer is always the same, “You’re white, all […]
Dianne Rochford, Newport, NH.
David L. Siegal, MD. Hanover (West Lebanon), NH. While that may be the CIA statement, we have in the past done the same or worse to our non-white citizens.
Hannah, NH. We are lying to ourselves if we say that we have equal rights.
Mae, NH. It seems easier to like and support others than try to destroy them.
Victoria, USA Collected at the Hood Museum of Art, Witness Exhibition Seeing violence in these photos I can’t help think fb posts keep us content with “doing our part.”
Jack Cartwright, USA. I love it how in our day and age every single thing now has to be tied to race. Why is it that political correctness governs our way of life? The fact that if I accuse someone of a crime and they happen to be black, then it is racist. I am […]
Jenna, USA. Every culture or race seems to have this deep inter connection with their skin color and culture and heritage. People seem to embrace their ‘uniqueness’ and take pride of where they are from and who they are. I am white. I am proud to be white. But why do those words sound so […]
Irv Kaye, USA. The only reason you have this page is because a teenager with an armful of merchandise was questioned by a policeman. He attacked the officer, was killed when the officer defended himself, and now there are riots, which feeds the racist stereotype that certain people are just plain old uncivilized. Almost everyone […]
Stephanie Susens, New York, NY. We have made progress, but I am frustrated by the amount of racism that still exists in our country. Unarmed African American teenagers are still being shot all over the U.S.
Elizabeth, USA. I was on the school playground when I heard that Dr King was shot. And my friend Candy’s dad was killed in Vietnam. Heartbreaking.
Kathy Gips, Boston, MA. 65 year old. White suburba. Removed, but remember. 65 year old, white, witness from a distance.
Sarah Barnes, USA. I grew up in the south-color was a defining characteristic. So much happened or didn’t happen because of color and sometimes that color hurt
Scot Drysdale, Hanover, NH.
Sally Holmes, Bourne, MA.
Ethan Mello, West Windsor, VT. Everyone is the same!
Ben Tallcott, Houston, TX. My life has given me the experience of many cultures and races. I have learned that our differences create a wealth of creativity and knowledge. When we combine these backgrounds together and take the time to listen and learn, we see the answers to many questions. Together we can achieve more […]
Barbara Doc, Washington DC.
Christopher Allen Cummings, USA. The notion circulating among a few of my black friends is that as a black man I should feel represented in some way by Michael Brown’s demise. Yes I know I wasn’t there and facts are still pending, but I think there’s enough evidence to show that Brown wasn’t innocent. It’s […]
Ben Sheehan, Los Angeles, CA. Georgetown Day School Equality of opportunity can only happen when humanity at large recognizes that certain people are born with certain racial, cultural, and economic privileges. Once we begin to acknowledge that, we can start closing the prevailing opportunity gaps. We have to acknowledge that the reality exists before we […]
Ashley Cooper Hair, Washington,DC. Georgetown Day School In the town where I went to high school, the privilege I felt was one of class. There were almost no people of color. Living in Washington, DC, I feel my white privilege constantly. Not only am I not followed around Best Buy, my shopping bags are never […]
Stephen Levitas, Bethesda, MD. Georgetown Day School This is what we are up against. It is what must be dissolved.
Lauralee Coady, Washington, DC. Georgetown Day School In the gym, step forward if you are white, back if you are black. A diversity lesson, well intended. Alas, one best friend forward, the other back. In public. One raged for the other who took it in stride.
Annie Greenberger, New York, NY. Georgetown Day School I realize that I have the choice whether to engage in this project, I have the choice not make a statement, I can decide if it is important to me and the is my white privilege.