braids

My white girl braids ignited confusion.

Nicolette, Alpine, WY. “You’re not black.” “No, I’m not.” “Then why do you have black-girl hair?” “I just like braids, that’s all.” When I had my white-girl hair professionally braided by an African hairstylist from Togo, I never expected I would lead people to such confusion. Why did I do it? I just like braids. […]

My son thinks he’s endangered, unwanted

Dustin Hills, Casper, WY. My blonde haired, blue eyed 11 year old was told a couple years ago in science class that redheads, being a recessive gene, are being bred out of existence. Because this includes his maternal grandmother and his paternal grandfather, and because he has a huge heart he was very concerned when […]

I Can’t Understand What You’re Saying

Brenda Ling, Casper, WY. I’ve lived in Wyoming four years now and no one has said this to me – knock on wood. Though someone tried to give me an order at a Chinese restaurant in Casper while I was waiting for my food. Some sales clerk in Wal-Mart in St. Cloud, Minnesota, said those […]

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Being white makes race discussions difficult

Allen Hester Cheyenne, WY I have been involved in a speech in debate program for 5 years now (4 years in high school and 1 in college), so I have been surrounded by intelligent kids questioning, arguing, and persuading others to see things in a different light. This is also where I saw the most […]

Recognize your gifts. Stop your crying!

Ben Colafrancesco Casper, WY At 51, I’ve been engaged in civil rights my entire life.I’m tired now. Give me your gifts. I have Cerebral Palsy. I will never catch a football in a game, college or the pros. I’ll never be an athlethe. People will just feel sorry for me.I’m no less a man than […]

Fear and hate only bring sadness.

Lantien Chu Lander, WY I am Chinese and get profiled as Native American, followed in stores, refused for rentals. Kids have asked me if I wear a coolie hat or when I’m going home (to China). I’ve lived in my small Wyoming town for 30 years and my kids (Eurasian) were born here. I try […]