Maureen Forster Philadelphia, PA I was maybe 6 yrs old when My Dad, Stepmother, older sister and older brother were in Baltimore on a little family trip. We stayed at a Holiday Inn or something along those lines and were out in the pool. I grew up in a small city with much diversity but [...]
Ilene Santoyo Hollywood, CA White people always think that they were the first people in America those whom are racist are always say to mexicans, “Go back to your county.” and to be honest it was our country and now it is being shared between us all we are united and it’s what wouldn’t change [...]
Patrick Battle Forest Park, IL I grew up in mixed environments and have had always had friends of different and mixed races. Still, I find that our culture encourages the notion that, no matter what your background is, if you live America – being Black is some sort of cause for unwarranted attention. Whether that [...]
John Daws Tucson, AZ I learned this years ago from an elderly black woman in a coffee shop in Manhattan. She said, “For black people, everything is about race. For white people, nothing is about race.” Those contradictory yet complementary thoughts have served me well since then.
Gill Moore Fishers, IN Ask a Native American–IF you can find one.
Abby Memphis, TN Anything I say, African Americans can call racist, but anything they can I can’t say call racist. That’s causing racism.
Sarinya New York City, NY It is sad to me that this is an amazing exhibit and the battle against gentrification is being lost in this neighborhood. We have not come very far from this time period and the results show by who is here to have the privilege to come to the museum and [...]
John Locke New York, NY I know it may not seem like it from all the crazy racist rhetoric directed against us. It’s okay to be proud of being any other race, except white. Well, white people invented the light bulb. We invented air conditioning. I think being white is fine!
Delaney Eubanks Washington DC Bard College at Simon’s Rock Born the day JFK was killed and never once asked such a rude thing by anyone who wasn’t white, but many many times by whites. Never would whites approach a white woman like that, with such a propriety, zoological attitude. And the anger at my offense! [...]
Rick Brown Santa Barbara, CA As a white man I feel that I will never be able to have a legitimate open conversation about race because I feel that being white automatically brands me a as a racist no matter what I say.
Glenn Schwitter Simsbury, CT I live in CT, am socially more liberal and financially more conservative, and I do not know any white people who are overtly racist. That would be zero, nada, none. I have also rarely/never seen a problem solved by others. All progress is made by you. The world may not be [...]
Mackenzie Wilson Provo, UT
Josey Balenger Minneapolis, MN
Mark Parker Baltimore, MD I write this as a white person myself. And as someone who has always lived and worked in incredibly diverse communities and cities. I am the leader of a religious community, and a leader in a neighborhood, which includes a healthy percentage of folks that fall into this category. I feel [...]
Zoe Miller Somerville, MA
Bernard Shaw Brooklym, NY It’s just that simple. White people need to start listening to the experiences of people who have to live their lives around racism. Be introspective about yourself and others. White people don’t own the perspective of neutrality; there is none. Either fight to end it or silently reinforce it.
Enrique Guzmán Tucson, AZ I also tend to scare those that are of a higher social class, the elderly and the people that believe the way I speak English is not the correct form of English. Overall, these people tend to be white. It’s a shame really. It’s terrible that the color of my skin [...]
Carla Schissel Atlanta, GA
Miriam Rand Albuquerque, NM
Matt Rose Sterling Heights, MI For five years I was a SHARP (Skinhead Against Racial Prejudice.) In those five years, every preconceived notion I had about racism, anti-racism and idealism got turned on its head. I was hated by racist Whites for being a “race traitor”, and hated by everyone else for looking like what [...]
Chelsie Glendening Colorado State University