M. Landrum Atlanta, GA I grew up poor in a mixed neighborhood in south Atlanta. My two best friends were white and black, and for the most part we all got along. One day my white friend was angry and called my black friend a n*****, and even though I’d never heard the word I […]
Taylor Valdosta, GA Systematic racism exits and is targeted towards blacks. It’s in the government and in schools, Its always and will always continue to be that way in this country. American is not for blacks! Whites don’t want us here but we are here and we have put more work into building the country […]
Reed Atlanta, GA “Where is your family from? No, but where are YOUR PEOPLE from? I mean, what is your HERITAGE? Like, your ancestors. I mean … where do your features come from?” That was one of the more polite conversations that someone has initiated about by race. Although I was raised white and generally […]
Naveena Karusala Alpharetta, GA The day every person of color can be themselves and display their cultural identity without being hated for it is the day white people can “borrow” from other cultures without being hated for it.
Davis Apseloff Dunwoody, GA
Ed Maietta Savannah, GA After 30 years of teaching in both diverse and not-so-diverse environments, I now teach at the oldest HBCU in Georgia. If there is an achievement gap, it has nothing to do with intelligence or strength of character.
Clinton Browning Fayetteville, GA
Lupe Family Covington, GA Take the exhibit world wide. Take to southwest. northwest, south and Maine of USA.
Briana Almeida Savannah, GA Everybody has problems. Instead of moving forward, equalizing and acknowledging everyone, we are squashing and devaluing. We are hashtagging #noRacism2014, and yet putting nooses on Black statues. We are allowing sororities to host “Mexican” parties in sombreros, and accusing the poor of food stamp fraud. Help, not hinder.
Andrea Franklin Savannah, GA Claiming to not see race too often results in also claiming not to see racism, discrimination, violence, and oppression.
Alexis S Atlanta, GA As we stepped on to the elevator accompanying a father and his two girls. She said “Look daddy black people”, and he turned redder than a ripe tomato and said, “That’s right honey, yellow, tan, gold, and brown people.” It was shocking to my family in hers, the fact that she […]
Sandra Morris Armuchee, GA I grew up in Vidalia, Ga. in the 60’s. I was babysat by women of color who also cleaned house for my mother. I couldn’t understand why they ate lunch after we did. My parents let me eat lunch with the maid after they had their lunch. When I got my […]
Janis Adams Atlanta, GA The older I get, the more I realize how bad colonization is, was, hurts, ruins. Groups of people greedy for resources, riches exploit the world..
George Greene Atlanta, GA In Tuscaloosa and places like it across the resegregating South, we are being forced to fight a battle that seemingly cannot be won. Upward mobility in Tuscaloosa has been, and will continue to be halted because of closeted, good-ol-boy dealings that ruin the future of thousands of people. As a graduate […]
Frans Susan (near) Atlanta, GA Political correctness and affirmative action are the most destructive forces of the past 60 years! We have stupid, obtuse white liberals and corrupt government policies &; politicians to thank for the destruction of a once vibrant &; viable society.
Keith Stewart Stone Mountain, GA
Cheyenne Miranda Winston, GA 1982 was the first true Central High School class of seniors –none of us had previously attended Druid or Tuscaloosa High. I had the high honor of presenting the graduation speech as Senior Class President, challenging our class and community to move beyond color together. I have been moved deeply the […]
Lillian Muriel Birchette East Point, GA Racism and oppression are means to establish and maintain servant and ruling classes. Racial differences are easiest to discern and objectify. For example: Europeans in the colonial Americas; in Africa; and in India, etc. When there are no discernible physical differences, oppression occurs strictly regarding socio-economic status, e.g., feudal […]
Tamika Brown Atlanta, GA Race and socioeconomic status are nearly inseparable. And nowhere can this be seen more clearly than in American classrooms. Education has become a battle between those who have, and those who have not.
Ann Claycombe Atlanta, GA I am a middle-aged white woman working at Georgia State University, where no race is in the majority. Instead, what I see is poor students of every color – the average household income of our students is $25,000 a year. And what I’ve learned is they don’t need my pity or […]
Carmela Atlanta, GA I am significantly more than the color of my skin. I am the culture of my people and I am amazing. Get to know me and my color and you will be amazed. If not, I can continue to be amazing without you. I realize I have nothing to prove to anybody […]
Karen G Augusta, GA I was raised in the south by my single, widowed mother and a handful of Christian women of both colors. I learned about compassion, empathy, justice and God, at their knees. Later in life I learned prejudice while living in another country, because I was white. And I know that prejudice […]
Carolyn Parks Decatur, GA I think most Americans do not realize we are socialized to be racist. To not like black or brown skin…… While working as a defense contractor in Afghanistan, I had an allergic reaction to something I touched. My skin became severely irritated, which caused the skin on my hands to peel. […]
Chandra C Davis Decatur, GA University of Michigan Law
Davis Apseloff Dunwoody, GA
Steve F Macon, GA Black male teenagers are required to register for Selective service. Like every other American male. Our safety is in more jeopardy than any other American male. Black sons can’t walk home from a store,get gas,or knock on a door after an accident,without being gunned down. We are required to pay taxes,like […]
Mike L. Atlanta, GA I grew up in Atlanta GA during the 60’s. While I loved my grandparents I couldn’t understand why they thought the ice cream truck vendor was such a “nasty”, “dirty” and “diseased” man! “Mr. Jones” (as he politely asked us to call him) always had a smile on his face and […]
Andie Sandy Springs, GA Everyone always judges based on appearance this one this remains the same as life goes on.
Leonard Henry Atlanta, GA Check out this scholarly book, Black Slaveowners: Free black Slave Masters in South Carolina, 1790-1860, by Larry Koger ISBN 0-89950-160-5. Also read the book Two Princes of Calibar. This is a true history of two West African brothers who were sold into slavery, won their freedom in the courts and went […]
Carolyn B. Smith Atlanta, GA Shugan Ransome Davis (“Sugar”) was my great great great grandfather. He was from Halifax, NC but moved in 1824 to Alabama and established a plantation in Suggsville. His will is from 1857. When I saw it, I was struck by the value of an adult male slave when compared to […]
Teresa Lynn Rutledge Lilburn, GA Growing up in the South, I saw racism that was accepted because “that was just the way it was.” But at the age of 7, I got my first up close and personal lesson about its meanness. A teenage boy encouraged me to call our maid the N word because […]
Christopher Nook Athens, GA
Karen L Mills, Esq. Atlanta, GA
Susan Payne Powder Springs, GA Unsettling questions aimed at you or your relatives can be rude and unnecessary, so a soft response can even the playing field and often change the focus of the question.
Erica Gonzalez Fayetteville, GA I heard this from an old white man when I was 17 years old. Now, 22, I will take some advice from the users of this site and just reply “I’m human”.
Kyra O’Kelley Atlanta, GA
Matthew Pastrone Dunwoody, GA
Anonymous Atlanta, GA Sometimes when people write articles about race, they tend to take things out of context and just take a blurb to make people outraged, when really the person was lecturing about a topic or was explaining something.
RaSean Tisinger, Waleska, GA It always bothers me that we refer to ourselves as African American, Jewish American, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, European, ect. We are AMERICANS. We all share a common space built on equality, freedom, and respect. No one should be seen as black, white, yellow, purple or blue. We are all humans, no […]
Michael Leibowitz Atlanta, GA I challenged two young men that were harassing a young girl. They drew knives. A large man behind me said that if they came closer (to me), he’d shove the knives down their throats.
Nancy B. Riley Scottsdale, AZ I was 15 and on my way to a cousin’s wedding in North Carolina. On a stop-over in Augusta, Georgia I saw restrooms labelled “White only” and “colored.” Raised in Kansas City and living in Arizona, I had never, ever seen such signs. It scared me!
John Thomas Athens, GA These were my exact words upon arriving home from my first day of school ever. It was 1957; I was five, and my grandmother that lived with us had asked me if there were any “darkies” in my class. I realized at that moment that her racist brainwashing was hateful and […]
Laura Ann Harrell St. Simons Island, GA
Julie Ford Valdosta, GA In honor of Nellie Hammond, Mary Wright, Iris Branch, Sylvia Andrews, Deborah Lumpkin, the other Debra, Gwen, Dr. Ed James,and most of all Paul Mitchell (“P”) and my grandchildren: L’il P, Princess Jasmine, and Lakisha DeJohn.
David Parlier Atlanta, GA
Steven Bryan Atlanta, GA I’ve been pushing Taxpayer funded school voucher programs (K-12) for over 20 years. Public Schools are rewarded for doing a pathetic job educating our children; but, they do a great job spreading Hate. This has been going on since the 40s—Read: ‘Autobiography of Malcolm X’ Or ask Blacks who’ve taken ‘Black […]
Mark Foster Atlanta, GA How can one seriously suggest the Zimmerman-Martin story emblematic of the black male experience while ignoring the predatory culture of black against black in neighborhoods thoughout our Country.
Francesca Newton Atlanta, GA
T. Brodnax Atlanta, GA Two words in my six could easily be changed: “I” to “we” and “avoid” to “fear”. The “I” is obviously more personal, the “we” more descriptive of the world in which I think we live.
Adelia Dozier Atlanta, GA Every time I have to check my race as “white” or “Caucasian” my stomach turns and I feel diminished. I search all boxes to see if there is a better representative word. I am more than “white” or Caucasian. I am a composite of those whose lives I have shared. Born […]
Jessica Wright Athens, GA I have grown up denouncing my Southern birth and heritage. My parents aren’t Southern and disliked its racist past. As a white girl, who am I?
Jonathan Vaughters Atlanta, GA Not jealous in the ‘I wish I was white’ way, jealous of the ease of movement through life that whiteness often seems to provide. Thankful for this outlet.
Marcus Atlanta, GA Born of African American parents, raised by my African American mother and Irish-German (adopted) father. Big brother to a bi-racial sister and my cousins are white, Asian and Latino.
Jani Alveta Augusta, GA As a single black female I feel like an endangered species for putting my career first and sticking to the plan I have for my life. It’s sad when people assume that I am a single mother. Don’t get me wrong…life happens and there is nothing you can do about that. […]
Safra Altman Savannah, GA I was pregnant with my black, white, Jewish, Gullah-Geechee son when Trayvon Martin was killed. Our son is 9 months old.
Steve Wilson Marietta, GA
Gloria Nichols Marietta, GA I am from a small town. Every now and then I remember an incident that could have broken my spirit. The incidents strengthened my determination to treat others as I want to be treated…..
Amit Atlanta, GA Me and my wife were walking to our car. A taunt from a one of the two school kids (look like 14+ year old) from other side of the fence.
Gabirdene Benjamin Atlanta, GA
Cecilia N GA Thank you Jose Vasconcelos. I’m Mexican, but strangers say I look white. Like that is a compliment.
Carla Schissel Atlanta, GA
Carla Schissel Atlanta, GA
K.T. Clinkscale Atlanta, GA
Amy Righter Macon, GA I was raised to be open-minded and appreciate all cultures equally. Then I grew up to discover that my culturally different friends were raised to see people quite differently. I have been pegged a white demon in at least a dozen situations. My parents believed that racism starts and ends at […]
Tyrone English Atlanta, GA The same person’s race will vary, depending on time or place…this inconsistency defines the fallacy of race.
REPOST: Story by Patricia Templeton One Church was founded by slave owners, the other by former slaves. On a recent cold, wet winter night their spiritual descendants crossed the divide that separated their ancestors and came together to share a meal, to talk, and to listen to a national journalist tell the story on conversations about […]
Paul Hobson Douglasville, GA My paternal great-grandfather was white who loved my great grandmother who was a slave. They lived together as one because they could not be married under VA law. He gave us our name and cared for all his children. My grandfather could not tell me our family history beyond his father. […]
Phyllis J. Jones Columbus, GA
Barbara J. Mack Columbus, GA
Mike Middlebrooks White Bear Lake, MN Century College Grandparents & Parents from Ocilla, GA
Anneke Gilliam Marietta, GA
Anonymous Marietta, GA Thank you Michele. Lord! How you speak through her!
Kevin Triebsch Marietta, GA Read more about the racial divide in Marietta, GA.
Stephanie Winkler Atlanta, GA
Todd Richey Atlanta, GA We tell our Black Kids that all strange Whitemen are Jeffery Dahmer. We need to have this conversation.
De’Andre Turner Savannah, GA
Caucasian Professional Atlanta, GA
Diana Lockhart Powder Springs, GA
Robert Drake Avondale Estates, GA Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation
Susan Knight-Smith Marietta, GA. Read more about the racial divide in Marietta, GA.
Raoul M. Ilew Marietta, GA Read more about the racial divide in Marietta, GA.
Cindy Brown Pine Lake, GA.
Mattie Marietta, GA Read more about the racial divide in Marietta, GA.
Anonymous Marietta, GA Read more about the racial divide in Marietta, GA.
Anonymous Marietta, GA Read more about the racial divide in Marietta, GA
Mimi Washington Atlanta, GA
Winnie The Carter Center Atlanta, GA
Juluis Youngerford, Atlanta, GA. Nobody can tell the truth about race, that is, what they think about their own race or other races, because nobody makes nice distinctions between race and class, or between the different types of racial prejudice and hatred, so they can’t say just what they don’t like about others, and they […]