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. [...]
Lawrence Cohen, Long Beach, CA.
Paolo Parent Hollywood, FL Not hung on race, but very well aware of what’s going on in the world.
Diana Ryan Millbury, MA My last name notwithstanding, I am 100% Puerto Rican through and through. That is an ethnicity, not a race but too many people don’t make that distinction. My features are typical in the culture, full lips, broad nose, dark curly hair, olive skin that tans deeply and easily. It’s a blessing [...]
Courtney Taylor-Preville England I love being black.
Christopher Loncke New York City, NY Brooklyn
Beatriz Mallory Newfoundland, PA My father was one of the first black men to work at IBM in the late 50’s; my mother a Puerto Rican who migrated to NY to go to college. My father embedded this mantra in my head from a very age. I was a “little brown girl” in a world [...]
Lauren Rodriguez Indianapolis, IN … But I’m Hispanic. People always want to categorize me into one or the other “category of people” just because I don’t hangout with a lot of Hispanics but I’m proud of my roots. Just because I listen to a certain genre of music, or I am part of a nationally [...]
Karl Cassell Cedar Rapids, IA
William ‘Wes’ Tolbert Louisville, KY
Magdalena Duertscher Bregenz, Austria
Julie Forgione New York City, NY The Bronx
Sarah Alys Lindholm USA After growing up white in a small upper-Midwestern town with a nearly all-White population, traveling both within and without the US and seeing how race operated in interactions let me see how race was operating in that lack of interaction too. Living as a racial minority in Asia was one of [...]
Alina Banny Amityville, NY
Sino Esthappan Poughkeepsie, NY I define race as a classification of people based on ancestral and phenotypic markers. To me, the significance of race is that it allows someone to gain consciousness of their own position in a highly racialized world, whether it is one of privilege or not. This self awareness provides someone with [...]
Jackie Tieu Beaverton, OR As an Asian American I am left out of conversations about race all the time. Conversations about race are centralized on blacks and whites. Asian issues are rarely talked about and not acknowledged enough. I am not white and I am not black. I am Asian.
Jim Evangelista Eugene, OR This was a saying my grandfather, Ludovico Spadafora from Palermo, Sicily, often intoned. He had many pearls of wisdom and this one stuck with me and when I heard about your project, I thought to share it with you. It’s given me a measure of acceptance, peace and compassion in many [...]
Shelby Mentor Ormond Beach, FL You have to be aware, of not just yout well being but of the others around you.
Mary Horton Richmond, VA I didn’t realize until shortly before her death how different the world my mother gave me was from the one she was raised in. My mother had Alzheimer’s, and in the last few years of her life, she reverted to some of the attitudes and behaviors she had learned while growing [...]
Derek Kusa Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan
Patricia Maina Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan
Nancy Finn Stewartville, MN
Saidah Tualatin, OR It’s been like this forever. My husband is white. My friends are white. My neighbors are white. My coworkers are white. This never used to bother me. But now it does. How does one start to paint their world in color?
Andrea Z Boston, MA We need to face what is uncomfortable and finally realize that we are all Human together. We cannot take the next step until we acknowledge “others” as “like us” and not like “them”. I consider myself an earthling, a citizen of the world, a mutt and I am proud of it. [...]
Anonymous Winston Salem, NC