Chris Gajewski, Barre, VT. I was hurt eleven years ago due to me making the worst choice a person could make. I got behind the wheel of a car one too many times while being intoxicated. After learning to walk and live again, I slowly began to repair my broken life. I clawed my way [...]
Melissa Beth Burlington, VT The more we focus on NOT being racist, the more we are teaching children of this society that they must see people as skin color. Children must be carefully taught to be racist. We are not born treating others differently because of their appearance. They see the emphasis in entertainment, at [...]
Mattison South Hero, VT For most of my life, society wanted me to choose: White or Black. With President Obama in the White House, finally, America understands that I am and can be both.
Basundhara Mukherjee South Burlington, VT I was born in India, lived in Saudi Arabia, and grew up mostly in a small town in Vermont. English is in my blood, just like Bengali. When someone asks me why my English is so good, it reminds me of the ignorance that still, unfortunately, exists in this country. [...]
Jaimie Scanlon Brattleboro, VT My husband is bilingual Japanese-American. His mother, raising three boys in Iowa in the 1960s, made sure her sons grew up speaking, reading, and writing her own mother tongue. Now all three men are completely bilingual and realize the value of the gift she gave them. Before our kids were born [...]
Arnie Gundersen Burlington, VT I am white, teaching in the “whitest” state in the Union. Yet Burlington has a huge immigrant and black community. While driving, my students were frequently pulled over by police throughout the state and in other states. They had a term for it – “Driving While Black:!
Ahmed B. Middlebury, VT When your name is supposed to be an indicator of your ethnicity, religion, the language you speak, and everything else. And when you can’t change it, because you don’t have citizenship yet.
Ray Johnson, VT My father had some reasonably strong prejudices against some groups, specifically African Americans, Jews and the Japanese. We butted heads over the issue when I was young, but despite the fact that I know that his generalized negative views against various groups are wrong, some of the things that he said when [...]
Jackson Macdonald Burlington, VT Although I am white i got to a school that is split almost evenly white and black. We are a very diverse school. However I feel whenever I make a comment to a black student or a student of any other race I’m told I’m a racist. I don’t try to [...]
Asia Stier Burlington ,VT
Max Johnson Burlington, VT Whenever I try to do a project on race, I feel like I’m more likely to be seen as racist because I am white.
Irma C. Burlington, VT We are all good enough.
Angelica Tirado Bennington, VT
William G. Duval Fairfax, VT My wife and I have a racially blended family in one of the whitest states in the union. I think it has made a difference in some admittedly small ways.
Sally May Jeffersonville, VT