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.
Anonymous, Georgetown Day School.
Gina Barclay, USA. People are aware that Japanese Americans were placed in internment camps during WWII. What most do not know is that German Americans were interned in both WWI and WWII. Considering that Germans are of European descent, it can’t be because of racism. It was because Germany was hated and feared as an […]
Jake, USA. Empowerment and civil rights for African Americans has not always translated into equality for those with Asian backgrounds. We may be viewed as model minorities but often we face discrimination and racism, especially from the African American community. One would think given the civil right movement, they would have understood what it meant […]
Alex Small, Norchich, VT.
Brianne Hittenberger, USA. It is the end of me, and I of it. My German last name belongs to me, my disabled brother, and my female second-cousin. My brother and I do not necessarily expect that we will marry, or that our cousin will keep our name if she does. When my brother and I […]
Jill, Calremon, NH. The art is angry which I would expect. But powerful too. I like the fork turned into a fist.
Simon, USA. I am 5 years old!
Malcom, USA. Racism is bad and we should stop it in fact we WILL stop it!
Pursuit of social justice seems subsumed within an empty space of cliches. Can we transcend the superficial to create real equity in our world?
Rachel, USA. We must not be complicit in oppression. Come let us follow the Lamb who has conquered sin and death to bring justice and peace.
Jeanne Hover, South Royalton, VT. Having parented two African American children, I learned more than I wanted to about the privileges of skin color.
Kareen, Vershire, VT. Friends: Who think they are not racist by saying that.
Stewart Ketcham, South Royalton, VT. Out of the mouth of my five year old adopted African America son. I am white. We were eating chicken and my skin was crispier. Relief at the simplicity of innocence!
Noelle Vitt, Norwichvt, VT. I was ostracized in 1964 for dating a black student. I remember this era with such pain.
Catie Cowell, Stockbridge, VT. In our society, we need to remove the chains from individuals. We need to open the door and see what’s behind closed doors. Show us what equality looks like!
Chet Wallinsworth, Hanover, NH. The black population hates when you assume they are African American
Jane Goodrich, Lyne, NH. I chose my words because that’s what I thought it was, Black people wanted freedom, but the police hurt them because they were taking a stance.
Forster Goodrich, Lyne, NH.
Elizabeth Todd, Plainfield, NH. I grew up in the south and as a child heard my elders disparage blacks, Latinos and Catholics. Even as a child I knew this was wrong, I knew that we are all the same. I struggled with this dichotomy; the people I loved having values I deplored. How does one […]
J. Morgan, IL. Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, et al. Why do we let so many disrespect our President for his race?
Amara Ihionu, New York, NY.
Kalie Marsicsno, Hanover, NH. I grew up with the misinformation that the civil rights movement had ended successfully, rather than learning that racism and systematic oppression still dominates our daily life.
Dana, USA. People always assume that if a black women has long hair, it’s not real.
Jasmine Baker East Lansing, MI Growing up I was placed in the gifted and talented program in my elementary school. I learned to speak what this society refers to as “proper English.” Because of that, many Black students would tease me and tell me that I’m black, stop talking like a white girl. What does […]
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?
Laura Reeder, Boston, MA. I teach teachers. I am a teacher. I am exhausted by the confusion that we perpetuate about who deserves to learn and who needs to be schooled.
Rachel, USA. We are all human and we are not different but the same. A beautiful rainbow.
Douglas Moore, Sharon, VT. Raised white, male, Midwestern and Republican the movement broke open so many of the absolutes in my life.
Sarah Butler, Weymouth, MA. I am not blind to the similarities of then and now. A newspaper cover connected the past and present for me with the headline “Three Negros Shot in Cold Blood by Police”.
Pam Lindberg, Minneapolis, MN. I am embarrassed by the behavior of my race. We need to open our eyes accompanied by our hearts
Chiyoko, USA. I am one quarter Japanese. I have auburn hair, light brown eyes, and freckles. I am five foot nine, and my skin is paler than even my white friends’ skin. But my name is Japanese, which leads people to ask me where I’m from, no, where I’m REALLY from. I’ve been called J*p, […]
Karen Fritts, USA. We talk and talk about race, but most of us stay in their own corners during the discussion. We cannot begin to understand each other from a distance. We cannot begin to trust one another without understanding. Are you willing to foster a friendship with someone different…a friendship that you are comfortable […]
Kim Laforet, Lansing, MI. When you consider that we were all created in His image, it’s hard to hate a group of people that look different than you. Look beyond race and you will see individuals with unique cultures that should be celebrated and not denounced no matter what the race is……including the White race. […]
Anonymous, USA. I’ve witnessed several other whites that have had similar experiences of being beaten or bullied by blacks, throughout my life. I’ve witnessed much more racism towards whites than the other way around. Some people say it’s racist to be afraid of blacks. Where I grew up, it’s just common sense. This was not […]