Kevin Moses, Logan, UT. As a 6’3″, young, Black man, at all times I am painfully aware of my presence in a room and the constant strain of worrying about being perceived as threatening is exhausting. I’m incredibly friendly, and the dissonance that comes from people assuming otherwise hurts.
Katherine Ellis American Fork, UT I stood alone by the playground, kicking pebbles. Someone approached me and I glanced up eagerly, hoping for a friend. “Are you Chinese?” the girl spat at me. “No,” I mumbled. “I’m half Hmong.” “Monk? What’s that?” She looked at me like I should be bald and humming in an [...]
Kay West Jordan, UT I get called Chinese all the time, and I have a lot of Chinese friends, but I am Japanese. Just because I am Asian, does not mean I am Chinese. Just like being Hispanic does not make them all Mexican. Being Caucasian doesn’t mean they are all from England. Every culture [...]
Dustin Fife Blanding, UT My other would have been…No one wins where I live.
Robyn Smith West Jordan, UT
Andrea Cordero Salt Lake City, UT I no longer wan to be viewed just by the color of my skin or my gender. I am ready for this world to see me for my abilities and streangths and not just catagorize me as a “minority”. If we want to see each other as equals we [...]
Jessica Stagg Heber, UT They’re eyes widened. “How..?” someone asked awkwardly. I laughed. It was a reaction that I was so used to whenever someone asked me about my race. Maybe it was my milky-white skin that caused them to look in awe. “You look like a Dutch person, except for the eyes.. and hair..” [...]
Christian Rigby Heber, UT I believe that everybody has the potential to become the person they want to be. We should not let things like our race or ethnicity define our purpose in life. This means two things. First it means that we must make it our job to not judge others biased on their [...]
Rachel Salt Lake City, UT Blonde hair and blue eyes must mean no brains, right? Despite having a college education, being an avid reader, having an understanding of and experience teaching math and science, and having written published news features, I still have times when I am treated like my intelligence is less than others [...]
Atong Majok Salt Lake City, UT Being from Sudan, a country with a seemingly-infinite number of spoken languages and dialects, I still find it baffling that many white Americans think they can “know” something about a person merely by looking at their skin tone…
Repeka Touli Murray, UT So I Am an ALIEN, Apparently “Alien” is the one word I grew up hating because when I was old enough to carry an Identification card (for having a job), I thought it was the coolest thing ever because it made me feel like I‟ve grown up and I get to [...]
Aaron Schow West Jordan, UT
Tom Edgerton St. George, UT
Gunner Goshen, UT Just because I have confederate flags and my family comes from the south does not mean I am a racist.
Timothy Ross Lee Salt Lake City, UT I’ve always thought that being biracial (1/2 Formosan and 1/2 Irish American) was so lucky. I get to identify with the best of two worlds. We’re all mixed and we live in a world, that for the most part, is a patchwork of culture and race. Let’s celebrate [...]
Brelynn Evans Riverton, UT This sentence came from the idea of the phrases: “the difference between the two are black and white” and “the similarities make for gray areas.” The black and white race has such little impact on the different characteristics of a person that the difference is just a huge gray area. Regardless [...]
Ingrid Asplund Provo, UT This is from 2 Timothy and is a verse I always use as a resource during important or challenging moments of activism.
David Bennett Park City, UT I am a criminal justice consultant. I was working in a major southern city and an elected official said to me, “How do you expect a white person to come in here and have any credibility.” This is NO different than what the whites did to the blacks that is [...]
Laura Berbusse Salt Lake City, UT I feel like I neither have, nor have the right to have, a rich, cultural heritage. Further, I feel like I am not allowed to participate in other people’s heritage, since it is for their consumption and perpetuation only; I would be seen as an imposter, there only to [...]
Susan Cissoko Provo, UT In order to be as professional as I can be in the work place I feel I have to put my white voice on. Not many people in Utah are use to loud, vivacious people. So when at work I have to act differently. My ethnicity is Latina. I am what [...]
Leah Pepion Kaysville, UT Slowly, generation by generation my Blackfeet culture is being lost, stolen, given up, handed over. Will the Native American culture be buried beneath the earth, beneath the rivers, lost in the sea of suburbs and tv? Can I fill my bones, skin and body up with enough of my delicate culture [...]
Tonia Torrence Salt Lake City, UT My six words are based on experience as a mediator for the juvenile Victim/Offender mediation program for the Salt Lake Courts. Schoolgirl fight, brown punished, not white or Middle-school fight, brown punished, not white Two middle-school girls were in the mediation with their mothers. The blond white girl had [...]
Sharee Meeks Laidlaw Murray, UT Our family is a mix of many races. Some of the members are adopted but I forget which ones.
Mark Anderson Salt Lake City, UT Assimilation or washing away all of our differences is not desirable. The key is to acknowledge diversity, choosing to be tolerant and respectful.
Cody Charles Sarle Anchorage, AK I was born and raised in Utah and as far as I know my entire family was born and raised there too. They more than likely found their way to the “State of Deseret” by way of the Mormon pioneers. Utah is a great place to live, and a place [...]
Sylvia Kronstadt Salt Lake City, UT For 60 years, I have wished I were black — or at least “colored.” This may seem outrageous to those who suffer every day from racism, but I long for the vibrancy, authenticity, dignity, style, spontaneity, sass, smarts, sexiness, depth, grace, resiliency and honorable history that I see in [...]
Amy Connelly Provo, UT In teaching about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to my high school students, I had to pause and do some research when I ran across the word “negro” repeatedly used by Dr. King in both his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and “Letter from Birmingham Jail”. I did not know [...]
Emma S. Sunderland Bountiful, UT
Jennifer Lopez Salt Lake City, UT Don’t match your assumptions, that is. It certainly doesn’t help to have the same name as a famous Latina, either. I’m a pale freckled gal from the south, and for a while, south Texas, which was interesting. My dad is from Cuba and my mom is from East Texas. [...]
Billy Cosby Salt Lake City, UT Everybody has one. No one is better than another. None is superior or inferior to another, yet it is one of the devices we use to judge and classify each other. Racism doesn’t belong to white people. It belongs to all races of people because all races to some [...]
Mackenzie Wilson Provo, UT
Brendan Uhl Sioux City, UT
Debbie Justice Washington, UT I adopted my son in 1987
Michael Santarosa Salt Lake City, UT
Jacob Bender Salt Lake City, UT You know exactly what they’re going to say next…
Kokujin Cameron Salt Lake City, UT When I was in kindergarten and in class, I had to use the restroom. The teacher had forgotten and I was unaware but there was a girl using the restroom already. The bathroom is part of the classroom and has it’s own corridor which leads down a hallway to [...]
Jason Struhs Salt Lake City, UT All safety and comfort that I currently enjoy has been at the expense of those who have a different cultural heritage than I. I do not want to benefit from this, but it is impossible not to. Walking alone in a suburb late at night, an officer is more [...]
Corrie Bugby Murray, UT I am a Caucasian woman who adopted three African American sons. I love them. I cherish everything about them. And I hate it when people assume that they aren’t my children. Like the woman who asked me, “Don’t you think you’d love a biological child more?” ?! I have come to [...]
Diana Varney Salt Lake City, UT
Diana Varney Salt Lake City, UT Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation
Becki Holt Lehi, UT I have a rich ancestry that I am proud to claim even though I’m just categorized as ‘white’.