Anonymous, Minneapolis, MN
Anonymous, Minneapolis, MN
Abigail, Forest Lake, MN I grew up in the rural Midwest. Being a Korean adoptee in a Norwegian and Swedish area, I really stood out. I have felt the ugly racist, hateful remarks my entire life. I grew so I wouldn’t be consumed. Flower you say? I’m a mountain!
Chad Campbell Rochester, MN For many of us, our legacies are unexplored. We don’t have instruction or guidance to explore them, but when we take that initiative we find the remarkable impact of our families, forbears, and legacies. But if we never take that examination, the impacts still reverberate.
AnJuanna Napue, Rochester, MN I am constantly asked where I am from. When I say Minneapolis, I get asked where my parents are from, grandparents, etc. My origin/ancestry is constantly questioned.
Catherine Ashton, Rochester, MN
Eaen O’Byrne, Rochester, MN
Jade Miles, Pine Island, MN
Laura Meihofer, Rochester, MN We need to start creating a space where everyone is welcome and where all can achieve greatness. I truly believe this begins with equity because every person has unique needs and that’s okay!
Christy Blade, Rochester, MN In the past I treated people without regard to their race. I’ve lived in my other countries. Until recently I thought I should treat all people without regard to race. As I’ve grown as person, I have realized that each person comes with their own experience which affects the lens they […]
Tim Nela, Rochester, MN I am a family man, and I do everything for my family. These last few years have taught me a lot, and I’m going to continue to live by my 6 words, and understand that things take time and don’t happen overnight.
Rhiannon Emma Farr, Minneapolis, MN I haven’t lived a great life, nor a terrible one. I suffer depression and anxiety and other mental illnesses and physical ones too that make everyday living extremely difficult. Though my life has been tough, I acknowledge that my race or gender has nothing to do with the pain I […]
Theresa Lenberg, Chisago City, MN Ever since I can remember I have been asked this question. People are quick to assume I’m white but also treat me a little differently because I don’t look completely white. They seem something off about me. I’m a proud queer multicultural and before the pandemic I didn’t hesitate to […]
Ed Kaufman, Morris, MN. Another Six words: My grandfather stood witness at Mankato. I enjoyed seeing you at UM Morris a while back (when this would have been timely given the 150th anniversary of the Mankato Debacle) Read More about this post: http://highwayhighlights.com/2013/04/reconciliation-park-mankato-mn/
Alonzo Peeke, Morris, MN When I was in 4th grade we moved from Overland Park, KS to Lynchburg, VA. My dad and I would shoot hoops and talk walks at Riverside Park, a beautiful forested park right off the James river. We were walking home and we came across a strange structure like ruined monument, […]
Keagan Aviles, Saint Paul, MN My skin does not reflect who I am, though I may not appear so, I am without a doubt, culturally and ethnically Filipino.
Greg Filice St. Paul, MN I work in a hospital teaching hospital. In my 40 years working in healthcare, I have watched as the population of US physicians has changed from mostly white males to a more multi-ethnic mixture with increasing percentages of women. Patients and families have had interesting, sometimes disturbing, and varied reactions […]
Tracy Loynachan, Minneapolis, MN. To me, the terms ‘illegal immigrant’ and ‘illegal alien’ are demeaning. These terms are used too frequently, especially when talking about Latinos. Immigration status is not part of the criminal justice system – it’s a separate legal system. While people may be undocumented, they are still people and deserving of compassion. […]
Kim E Hudecek, Rochester, MN Since I’ve been a child I have been referred to as a Bohunk; a meaning that is a reference of a rough or uncivilized person. Granted the people who referred to me and everyone in my family referenced it in positive way as if I belonged in a special club.” […]
Natalie Sabes, Minneapolis, MN I chose to include three words about my identity (Jewish, white, woman) because they affect every action I take and every thought people have about me whether I acknowledge it or not. My next three words demonstrate how I tend to think that I am not directly affected by extreme racism, […]
Jason McLevis, Duluth, MN. Growing up in a multi racial neighborhood I am well cultured. It was not until Junior High that I became aware I was supposed to be ashamed to be “White”. I am not allowed to be proud of any of my heritage. I must stand aside in shame while any other […]
Tasha Thompson, Coon Rapids, MN. I’m a 19 year old white female, and my grandma was born in the 40s. She is very old fashioned and when she talks about my mom’s work in a majority black community where the accept EBT, she starts to sneer and act like it’s the worse thing that could […]
Janice Vassar, Champlin, MN I often get comments like “You don’t look lesbian/gay”. My response is that I’m a “stealth lesbian”. People assume that I’m heterosexual. I make it a point to be very out at work. The thing about coming out is that it is endless; I have to come out to people all […]
Betsy F, Minneapolis, MN p>I grew up wishing I was white. I was raised to hate my culture, my eyes, my language, and my background. In middle school, I was known for being the most “basic white girl” who wasn’t actually white. I did what every other girl did, wore, and ate. I bought bath […]
Maddie Hsia, Minneapolis, MN Because of high Covid infection rates, many people are scared to leave their houses. I am also afraid to leave my house, but for a different reason. There has always been discrimination and attacks towards Asians, but the pandemic has intensified them. I hear about stories in the news, on TV, […]
Georgette Jabbour, Orono, MN
Pat Booker, New Ulm, MN I knew nothing about Tulsa- why!? So much history covered up & it continues today. I want to know everything about our history- the good, the bad & the ugly. No more whitewashing..
Mary Zosel Hawes, Savage, MN White mom of three very successful and well-adjusted Black children.
Yzolde Chepokas, Eden Prairie, MN. Going through this process of learning about race, racism, culture, multiculturalism, diversity, and so on, I have come to the conclusion that being aware of the world outside of my own world is only the beginning of this journey of supporting social justice. As this change occurs within myself it […]
Joy Marsh Stephens, Minneapolis, MN.
Kathy Ruemmele, Eden Prairire, MN. Now that I know more, I cannot deny what I know.
La Shawn Hankton, St. Paul, MN. RACE HATE IS OBVIOUSLY WRONG, SO WHY DOES GOD ALLOW SUCH HATRED AND UNJUST TO BE?
Debra Miller, Rochester, MN Our mother hid our Native American ancestry until I was a late teen. I was raised in an area that continually brow beat and bashed Native Americans and I was afraid to tell anyone about my bloodlines back in the 70s. As I aged I realized it was OK to be […]
Janice Cooper, MN. My newly married parents immigrated to the U.S. from Germany via Ellis Island during the mid 50’s to follow the American Dream. Growing up in small town Michigan and attending Catholic school, my younger brother and I were constantly accused of being Nazis during our grade school years. Even though my parents […]
Janes Lee, Minneapolis, MN. I am a Hmong American male, residing in the most Hmong populated state though we are still very unseen. The service our people provided during the Vietnam War, known to the Hmong people as the Secret War, has been invisible to the public eye. How fitting of it for the invisible […]
George, Minneapolis, MN. I never got it. It felt so much like insults you’d hear as one-ups in childhood. What’s the point?
Valerie Evans, Chaska, MN
Jack, Saint Paul, MN. My mom is an expert in manipulation and fake kindness, always sounding kind to hurt and control and shame. Because of rampant child discrimination across cultures, it was not hard for my mother to convince others that she was right, or to uphold the illusion of a happy “white suburban family”. […]
Tina Myrum, Alexandria, MN. Growing up in a small town, there was not a lot of racially diversity. However, I listened to the news, read papers, and learned as much as I could about other races. I learned that we were not that different. Most people looking at me would assume that I have had […]
Barry, MN. As a black man, who – though I hate the phrase, acts very “white”, I feel as though you have act a certain way to fit into society and get less harassed. I don’t act white on purpose, it’s just who I am; how I was raised. Nonetheless, this “act” shouldn’t have to […]
Chaucer Countryman, The Blake School, Deephaven, MN I chose these 6 words because I feel like everyone no matter their race should be able to try multiple sports. I have been one of the lucky ones who have had many opportunities with many different sports. It makes sad when I realize that some people aren’t […]
Aren Brown, St. Cloud, MN I grew up as a white girl in an inter-racial family and constantly had to defend myself against others not believing that my siblings and I were truly related, either we had to be lying or someone was adopted. When I was young I didn’t think twice about color, to […]
Yia Yang, Saint Paul, MN. I’m a student, just any regular student who listen and do their work. I don’t always get good grade or the grade everyone expect me to have. I’m Asian but it doesn’t mean I’ll be a A+ student because of all these rumors or post on social media saying “Asian […]
Ricky Vang, Saint Paul, MN. Being Asian, you were never really praised by others in sports unless you’re really good at it. It just sucked growing up nobody to help keep you motivated because everyone always bashed on “Asians can’t ball” but now its okay. I got to a point where I don’t care, I […]
Marj Evans-de-Carpio, Lake Benton, MN Bears, cheetahs, alligators…so many creatures can put an end to us. Even some spiders and, yes, a microscopic virus. The reason we humans overcome these dangers is not because of our claws, speed, strength or any other physical characteristic. It is because of our ability to work together. But, when […]
Lisa K. Durham, NC Duke University
Elaine, Rochester, MN. These were the words that come to mind when I met my first non-white person — an American Indian girl. We were in first grade at a small school in SD. Her family moved to another community later in the year. I wonder why.
Tony Cunningham, St. Cloud, MN. I was going to say “blue,” but that would be a big adjustment. If we were all one race, we’d divide ourselves in other ways, but still, I’d like to make it a little harder to do so.
Heidi Adelsman, Minneapolis, MN. Working for 12 years as a Pipefitter in Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota, I saw few to no people of color or women working in the construction trades unless a large contract required “minorities” to get the contract. One father of a Dunwoody trade school classmate asked if I thought it […]
Sam, Morris, MN. I have a grandfather that is fully Native American, from the White Earth Tribe. So my mother is ¼ Native American, and I am less than ¼. My father is mostly German. So I have fairly light skin, and my hair is light brown. In most situations I consider myself Caucasian and […]
Abby, Minneapolis, MN.
Alan Hill Minneapolis, MN Why don’t veterans speak of their experience? Because of the culture barriers to understanding. Military veterans don’t yet understand (as a population) that they have a different culture than their country, a separate, distinct, yet invisible, identity. The worst part is they are disconnected from it and therefore unable to express […]
Carter Schmitz, Richmond, MN
Belinda, USA The reason I chose the first 6 words “Stick out on both sides…safe?” I have family in Minnesota, where my sisters and I stick out by being brown. My family in Minnesota are all white in small towns. I have been looked at differently: one time on a trip with my grandma from […]
Sara Adams, Minneapolis, MN People treat me differently, make different assumptions about me, depending on which son is at my side.
Tony Andersen Eden Prairie, MN
Newo Zoils, Minneapolis, MN. I understand that as a white male in America I have in many unconscious ways perpetuated racism. I and my family have also benefited from over hundreds of years of white privilege. This is a systemic problem in America that continues to be unresolved. I am a teacher and one can […]
Christi Perkinson, Red Wing, MN. My mom is full blooded German so I’ve always known that I was half German, but the other half was a mystery. My dad’s side is quite the mystery. His Father was born in the south while his Mother was born in Canada. Both sides came over to the U.S. […]
Nicole Minneapolis, MN As a descendant of Germans and Scandinavians, I am termed WHITE. My daughter is is a strawberry blonde with creamy white skin and blue eyes. Again and again I have been asked how it was possible when her father is an African American. I have heard, “he can’t actually be her father” […]
Donna Cook, Roseville, MN. I have very fair skin, Fitzpatrick Scale I, and growing up in Los Angeles meant lots of unintended, fairly serious, and wretchedly painful sunburns. I was also a bit of a tomboy wild child who would refuse to let my mother brush my hair, hair she intentionally left long as a […]
Charles Jensvold, Detroit Lakes, MN. Thanks Seretse and Ruth; Thanks Richard and Mildred Loving and all who preceded us and did the heavy lifting. “When will that great day come, when everyone is one, and there will be no more misery and God tells man he’s really free, R E A L L Y F […]
Nayseth Carranza, Rochester, MN I’m mixed with Mexican, and Puerto Rican and many times I hear I’m not Puerto Rican enough or Mexican enough which is extremely annoying. I was born and raised in America my parents both moved to the United States at a really young age so they too grew up ” Americanized […]
Steve Baker, Minneapolis, MN
Jeraine Cuff Minneapolis, MN Door knocking captain for Northside (MPLS) Community Re-investment Coalition
Morgan Lavandowska Minneapolis, MN As a 21 year old white woman, I have the privilege of being white that gives me power to do what others can’t. Instead of abusing that power, I prefer to try to help bring positive change to the world and, hopefully, help bring equality for all.
Cayla Olson, Duluth, MN. I have always felt that I had to qualify my racial identity with those six words. I am part native, my mother being Ojibwe and French, and my father being Oneida and Irish. We lived on my mom’s home reservation, and it was never any mystery to me as to what […]
Phyllis Kedl, Little Canada, MN. Ours is a multi-ethnic family. We have fourteen grandkids, only five of whom are ethnically related to us. The rest? Two African American, three Hispanic and four Chinese. We are anything but vanilla, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Your project, Michele, may offer our country’s first — […]
Victoria Kesler, White Bear Lake, MN I’m white and I’m here to work for equity for my fellow humans of color. Juntos podemos.
Logan Cloutier, Collegeville, MN
Erbayne W. Jarvis, Cottage Grove, MN. My six words came out of an experience I had when I went to a government agency deliver some document as part of my work on behalf of a client. I needed help in finding the person to whom I was to deliver the documents. One of the employees […]
Kelan E Holcomb-Jackson, Minneapolis, MN
Keegan James, The Blake School, Minneapolis, MN Although in the literal sense race is a real thing, the stigmas that come with are completely made up by society. The idea of race has been used to ostracize certain groups while it has also been used to justify egregious acts. I believe that whereas race has […]
Billy Dunlap, The Blake School, Orono, MN Whatchu want?
Mason I Schribman-Charney, The Blake School, Minneapolis, MN< p>Being Jewish has always been a major part of my life and identity. When I was younger, I hid my Jewish identity from my friends, but as I’ve grown older I can say that I am proud to say that I am Jewish. I know that there […]
Nate Gullickson, The Blake School, Edina, MN I think that people too often dismiss the idea that they have certain are given certain priveledges simply because they are white. When people do this it makes it harder for society as a whole to make progress and change toward creating a world where one’s race does […]
Kyra Reese, The Blake School, Minneapolis, MN I chose these six words because I feel like this idea gets lost in our society these days. With all of the current events surrounding race such as police brutality, treatment in prisons, and much more that can create this feeling in society that your skin color determines […]
Jake Shapiro, The Blake School, Minneapolis, MN I chose these words, because it shows my identity, and portrays a characteristic I see in myself. I was born 100% Jewish, and it is something I hold on to every day. I put courageous as one of my words because I am always wondering something and questioning […]
Ali Uluyol, Fridley, MN.
Anonymous, St. Paul, MN. “O’Hare had a little notebook with him, and printed in the back of it were postal rates and airline distances and the altitudes of famous mountains and other key facts about the world. He was looking up the population of Dresden, which wasn’t in the notebook, when he came across this […]
Tom Gail, Mantorville, MN.
Brita, Minneapolis, MN I was out to eat with a black friend of mine, at one point during the meal I got up to grab him a fork and this old white lady approached me. She went out of her way to point at my friend and told me that I was too good for […]
Hayden T. Cameron, Minneapolis, MN Just because my ancestors might have been racist or owned slaves doesn’t mean that is what I believe. I shouldn’t be judged because I look like the people that did these bad things. Just because I’m some “white boy” it doesn’t mean I’m not allowed to have an opinion and […]
Lucy Pipkin, Minneapolis, MN. My own white discomfort is much less painful than continuous microaggressions and real racism faced by my fellow undergrad students who are POC. Let’s talk, and not stop until they feel safe again. We’re all different but need to come together in our communities, as shown by my photo of this […]
Cole, St Paul, MN. My people have believed they are superior for as long as I’ve known. Not only is it frustrating that my race fails to see others as equal but the fact that even after all my people have done they still can’t see how they’ve impacted the lives of other races. Seeing […]
Lisa Albrecht, Minneapolis, MN I hope, we white people, can learn.
Victor, Minneapolis, MN. Questions not asked are questions un answered! Do not assume, get the story from the source.
Amy Xiong, Minneapolis, MN.
Susan Schriber, Minneapolis, MN. What a participant of our group remembers hearing his parents say, about the time your parents were moving in.
Dominic, Minneapolis, MN. As the saying goes, if I have a quarter for every time… In my case, if I had a quarter for every time an adult said to me, “I’m sorry, I just have to ask–your daughter–what is she?” I know what response each of these inquisitions intends. With quizzical eyes trained on […]
Katie Peter Minneapolis, MN
Anonymous Minneapolis, MN Submitted at the Guthrie Event- Minneapolis One Read
John Bilski, Minneapolis, MN. It starts with me.
Sarah Walker, Minneapolis, MN.
Ismail A., Minneapolis, MN. My name is Ismail and I live in Minneapolis. I am Somali and I live with my family in an apartment building. A lot of different people live in my building, Latinos, Asians, Africans, African Americans and white people. The manager of the building is mean to the Somali people. She […]
Brenda Mitchell, Minneapolis, MN. I am me, but also you.
Chris Apriori Minneapolis, MN It was a childhood game… or so they thought. One I would play for the rest of my life. Now I’m caught between the knowledge and a loss for words…
Joan Socorro Sullivan, Minneapolis, MN. I’m a quarter Mexican and over half Irish, I don’t attend church and I don’t drink. My hair is dark brown, my eyes are blue, I freckle like no one’s business; there’s the black Irish. My hips and bosom refuse to fit in anything smaller than a medium since I […]
Harry Ford, Minneapolis, MN. Race is a difficult subject given the large amount of pain many people of color have experienced related to race within this American landscape. We are people in pain hoping that our contributions will be seen by the others.
Anonymous Morris, MN
Juleah Richards, Chippewa Falls, WI. BORN IN 1960; ST.PAUL MINN. LIVED IN WONDERFULLY MIXED NEIGHBORHOODS IN SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS UNTIL I WAS 10YRS OLD. MY MOM MARRIED A FARMER FROM RED RIVER VALLEY. WE MOVED TO SPOT 10 MILES FROM NORTH DAKOTA AND 90MI FROM CANADA. THERE WERE ONLY SCANDINAVIANS AND FRENCH FOLKS. NONE OF MY […]
Toya Dragseth, Saint Paul, MN. My youngest son is biracial. Has his Fathers genes, very light-skinned, brownish blonde hair and when he is with just me, people look as if he is not my child but a child I may be babysitting. When he’s with his dad they look very natural together.
Kit Arnquist Longville, MN In 1968 I was a senior in high school. The day after Dr. King was assassinated, the principal asked if anyone would like to speak about him over the intercom. I did. My friends would not sit with me on the bus that afternoon.
T. Britton, Minneapolis, MN.
Marlon, Minneapolis, MN
Terry Larson, Cass Lake, MN. I have lived my whole life with Ojibwe people, am a fishing & canoe guide at the beginning of the Mississippi River. My life is filled with their customs, hunting and gathering for my table. We spend the winters on the border of Mexico, now, and they are much like […]
Yuko Taniguchi, Rochester, MN When I am in a line with my white husband at the grocery store, hotel check-in, or flight check-in, etc, I am approached by a staff with “Can I help you?” “No thanks, I’m with him,” I say. My husband also gets approached when I go through the line first. He […]
Betruth, St.Paul, MN. We need to have so much hope for those who choose to see the love and peace in the world. While also seeing all the perspectives and opinions of others. Our cultural differences can lead us a stray from all the facts. I will not be burdened by the pigmentation of my […]
Adrienne Zimiga, Minneapolis, MN. I was born and raised on the Pine Ridge reservation my first 12 years. Upon moving from Batesland, SD to Castlewood, SD my caucasian grandmother was concerned that my brothers, sister, and I could face social problems being part Native American (iyeska: mixed blood/race) in an all white community. She told […]
Will Mortenson, Minneapolis, MN. I am proud of my roots and my family, but I often feel shame when I think about the wrongs that so many white men have committed. There are too many white men who have thought and still think in such derogatory and discriminatory ways that I simply don’t agree with. […]
Susana Gluck, Minneapolis, MN. There has to be open and sincere talk about race, our perceptions and preconceptions. Each group has to be able to hear the goods and bads we perceive about each other to find common and higher ground and an acceptance of our shared humanity. We can be critical but also loving.
Michael Gauer, Egan, MN. I’m a white man who had a black roommate and believe the color of skin it totally irrelevant. White Americans have learned this, so we must all move forward with confidence that the bad racial past is behind us.
Steve Baker Minneapolis, MN Inspired by Hmong American writer Kao Kalia Yang.
Olivia Loesch, SHAKOPEE, MN. I always feel bad when I am trying to work at Target and go through my day when I see someone being racial to a guest. I try to step in but typically the white person makes me help them instead. I want to help all of those around me in […]
Leanne Gutierrez, Eden Prairie, MN. Growing up white and privileged in a midwestern college town, I later lived in a Central American country for several years, married a man from that country and now have been raising a beautiful multi-culture/multi-colored family in various states in the midwest. Seeing racism, watching my family process it and […]
Adam Jones, Chaska, MN. I am a para in a special education class, and the high school in which I work is very diverse. The longer I work in this field, the more I have come to see that kids are kids. People are people. I am frustrated, elated, encouraged, concerned, and inspired by all […]
Heather McMoore, Minneapolis, MN.
Mariah Frisk, Morris, MN. Being from a small town in northern Minnesota, I haven’t been exposed to much culture in my day. My sophomore year of high school, I took a trip to New Orleans with my church for the 2012 National Youth Gathering. We were there to help the community recover from Hurricane Katrina. […]
Dave Ihde, Minneapolis, MN. Don’t consider myself a racist, but feel like I get lumped in with all of perpetrators of past/present wrongs. I agree it was wrong; let’s try to move on.
Carol Green, Marine, MN.
Tony Vu, Minneapolis, MN.
Eve M. Holton, Hollandale, MN. Who doesn’t want ‘privilege’? Just saying.
Anonymous, MN. Can’t draw to save my life. Picture up for interpretation.
Anonymous, Saint Paul, MN. I grew up northern CA in a very middle class well to do with family that was racially homogeneous with a strong catholic upbringing. Some years after my dad passed away, my mom remarried to an Asian American man who had three children of his own- our families merged – my […]
Mike Li, Morris, MN.
Kaitlyn Cook, Fairmont, MN. When I was little I lived in an apartment building in a small town. I grew up roaming the halls and making friends with anyone and everyone. The Asian-American women on the first floor who let me help water her plants, the Native-American elderly couple on the second floor who loved […]
Michael J, Rochester, MN. I just feel I am a little tired of feeling guilty about being a white male. My family came from Norway and Sweden, we never owned slaves, and moving to Southern Minnesota, didn’t even have a plantation. Nevertheless it seems that this issue is somehow my fault as well.
Sydney Skroch, Minneapolis, MN. I have lived in Minnesota my whole life and my world has opened up extremely slowly to diversity and different cultures. However, learning about the world through the eyes of others has always been super interesting to me, and with every new experience, I feel myself shaping. I am part Italian, […]
Tim Spilman, Morris, MN.
Kent & Laurie Runge Morris, MN
Latae´a Dixon, Fridley, MN. Everyone assumes I´m a fighter or tough or reckless because of my size. But they´re wrong.
Olivia, Fridley, MN.
Zachary Fischer, Fridley, MN.
Vincent Zaal, Minneapolis, MN. We come from a very liberal area and are staunch liberals ourselves and yet in people’s attempts to “not be racist” they’re being extremely racist. Humans are different, get over it! Try thinking about “race” in the French adjective placement: “that human is black” rather “than that is a black human.” […]
Tammy Olney, Rochester, MN.
Anna, MN. I am not attracted to black guys. Even if I was it’s hard. Any person can be my friend but I don’t want family friends to get pissed off at me. It’s not a risk I’m willing to take. Especially in the Trump era. For me personally,I have to be very strategic in […]
Krystal Waite, Truth or Consequence, MN.
Josie, St. Paul, MN.
Caitlin Defoe, RedLake, MN. I want to be one of the few that leave the reservation and get an education and make a life for myself. Most of the kids I went to elementary and most of middle school with are still living on the reservation but with kids that they weren’t ready for with […]
Sarah, Fridley, MN.
Jaida Maiden, St.Paul, MN.
Jennifer Campbell, Chaska, MN. Growing up in suburban Minneapolis I never had to talk about my skin color or rarely meet others of a different color. As an adult I am a special education teacher who works in a suburban school. I’ve been on a journey trying to be more aware of diversity. I joined […]
Linde Sifuentes Rochester, MN
Josselyn Finstrom, Spicer, MN.
Lor Lee Albertville, MN I grew up in Minneapolis, MN and when I moved out to a small rural school district many of my friends suggested that I was just one of the guys. By not seeing my “Asian-ness” were they not validating that part of who I am? I have now worked in the […]
Andrew Butz Minneapolis, MN I am white, and grew up not thinking or having to think much about race at all. Made a lot of non-white friends at college and learned a lot about race and privilege, including the reality of thinking about race everyday because you have to. White people are the only group […]
Meggan Ellingboe, Minneapolis, MN.
Tricia Stewart, Minneapolis, MN. I am bi-racial and I’ve experienced racism from both sides(black and white). You don’t always realize in the moment whether something has an impact on you, whether it be negative or positive; eventually in some form you will feel it. Only you can determine if you’re going to allow it to […]
Jennifer Campbell, Chaska, MN. Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s in suburban Minneapolis I did not have many opportunities to meet people from another culture or race from my own. I continue to work in a suburban school district as a special education teacher. Again, the dominant race and culture is white. Students of […]
Andrea Daugherty, Eden Prairie, MN.
Anonymous, Eden Praire, MN. Prejudice robbed me of my child. 15 years ago my only living child was stolen from me by her white daddy and took overseas when she was 6 because I didn’t live up to his standards of what he thought was a good mother. To keep her away from me he […]
Lynnisha Grigsby, Minneapolis, MN. My son has a rare form of Down syndrome. Mosaic Translocation Down syndrome. He wasn’t diagnosed until he was 2 because his overall features are very ‘mild’. It was I, not a Dr., that proposed that he be tested. He’s 8 yrs old right now. He is in a mainstream classroom […]
Michael Chan, Maplewood, MN. I am half Chinese and half Caucasian, but my German and Hebrew language skills are much stronger than my Cantonese skills (my family’s language). So when I get the question, “Where do you come from?,” I laugh internally and typically spend a few seconds trying to figure out what exactly I’m […]
Katie, Lakeville, MN.
Mary Lou Henneman St. Paul, MN Black faces continue to be portrayed as the face of Welfare for televised commentaries and Black voices for radio broadcasts about the welfare system. Although, according to the KSTP.com website where I live, “Forty percent of MFIP-eligible caregivers are white, 37 percent are black, 9 percent are American Indian, […]
Taylor Danielle, Morris, MN. Being a “full” Native American is not defined by phenotypic gene expression. Yes, I am a blue-eyed, blonde Native American.
Margot Rideaux-Crenshaw, Minneapolis, MN. The most frequent question addressed to me as a young mother in 1977 with my infant son.
Kai Braun, Fridley, MN. White people may make up most of the population in america and other places but are not favored or even looked upon as something unique. If you are anything but white you can be considered special + Different in the sense of having flavor. A white person if its applying for […]
Mai Sheng Yang Morris, MN
Erin, MN. Racism isn’t in our curriculum, it’s not a lesson taught by chalkboards and worksheets. However it is learned. Yes, in school but also at home. It is taught through culture, through actions. This problem cannot be solved by a student’s eraser or a teacher’s pen.
Sagal Rawe, Minneapolis, MN.
Brandon Yang, St.Paul, MN. I use to have friends that were nice to me for one reason. Homework. Even though I knew that they were still good friends to just talk with. But one day they copied off my test and the next day we got them back, we all had bad scores. And so […]
Jordan Weil, Minneapolis, MN. I’m really angry that my first reaction to a young black man is to start checking my surroundings and wondering if I’m safe. I don’t do this with white guys, or Asians, or Latinos. I feel like I’ve been conditioned by the media that I consumed as a kid and a […]
Aries Johnson, Minneapolis, MN. My 4th grade teacher asked me if I did drugs, I was so hurt. It was 2 years ago but still haunts me today.
Tenzin Palmo, Fridley, MN. A question that get asks a lot to Asian people.
Savannah, Blaine, MN.
Jeffrey, Andover, MN.
Otis L Courtney, Eden Prairie, MN. Being black in America means having to function as if race does not matter.
Makeda Zulu-Gillespie, Minnepolis, MN. “The balance in trying to give your children an open road to follow their dreams and making sure they recognize the dangers signs is HARD. It is a complex conversation already then add the dynamics of faith! I see progress and hope beyond my understanding AND I see the reinforcement institutionalized […]
Pat Siljenberg Byron, MN
Karl Stephen Saint, Willmar, MN.
Jeff Clune, Maple Grove, MN. I’m mixed race (Black,White, and Native) I’m always being asked “What are you?” it frustrates me because why should it matter to them.
Lynn Daniels Maple Grove, MN
Bee, St.Paul, MN.
Edward, St. Paul, MN.
Sheila, St.Paul, MN. Just because we’re Mexican doesn’t mean we sell drugs, steal, rape, etc.
Sam Johnson, St. Paul, MN.
Elio Carmona-Rojas, St.Paul, MN.
Sarah Brookner Minneapolis, MN I am a white female. I grew up in a wealthy suburb of Minneapolis. My students are mostly Somali, African American and Mexican American. They all have different needs. I care deeply about all of them. Some days are hard for me to connect and relate to their experiences, which are […]
Jack McNiff, Canyon Lake, CA. I was raised in rural Minnesota prior to sixth grade and by then had moved to Minneapolis. My first exposure to differences in “”Race”” was in High School and I never had any real understanding of why there were any significant tensions about who was what color. I felt very […]
Jorge, St. Paul, MN.
Leah Waterman, Apple Valley, MN.
Max Lazzara, Minneapolis, MN. Bilingual when I learned to talk, raised among my father’s Floridian family of Spaniards, Italians, and Cubans, I was just as Hispanic as I was white; but moved by divorce, I joined my mother’s German-Polish Minnesotan family. The message quickly became clear: don’t speak Spanish to white relatives. In a fully […]
Jessica Minneapolis, MN
Manju Parikh Minneapolis, MN Loved your commencement speech at College of Saint Benedict in May 2014
Steve Baker Minneapolis, MN
Jeanne L, Little Falls, MN. I don’t care if you are white, black, brown, yellow, red, purple or green we all bleed the same color, we all breath the same air, we all look up at the same sky. So why must we focus so much on our differences instead of focusing on our similarities.
Heather Saskia Nichols, Maple Grove, MN. I do not bleach my hair. I do not color my hair. I do not highlight my hair. I do not think about my hair. I do not think with my hair. Why am I called dumb because of my hair? In 7th grade, I stopped talking in class. […]
Student Century College, MN As an English language learner, sometimes I feel bad, shy, and ashamed. I still struggle as everybody moves on. Every day I am waiting to understand what everybody understands. By that time I am going to feel I am a big man. See more from the Century Race Card Project conversation: […]
M. M. S., Morris, MN. Growing up white means that you never have to notice that you are represented in the media more than any other race is, even in situations where that should not be the case (-Exodus: Gods and Kings- I’m looking at you). It means that it’s so easy to turn away […]
Anonymous Rochester, MN
Deborah Torres, Saint Paul, MN. This has two meanings for me. First, I honor both my paternal (Mexican) and maternal (English, French & more) heritage. Second, because race is a socially constructed concept, the idea of whether or not Mexican is White evolved throughout the 20th Century. For example, on my paternal Grandfather Bedardo Torres’ […]
Katherine F., Minneapolis, MN. I met a woman through professional circles when I was recruiting for a volunteer project. As it happens, she lived near me. We formed committees for this initiative and began talking more socially on the phone. I went over to her house a few times for coffee. One weekend she invited […]
Bill Young, Metro State, MN
John Luetmer Morris, MN
Keith Davis, Minneapolis, MN.
Dave Wood, Minneapolis, MN.
Treana M., Minneapolis, MN.
Jim Lewis, St. Paul, MN.
Marsha Surkin, White Bear Lake, MN. I am a white woman, 72 yrs old. When I was 11 I disobeyed my mom and read Kingsblood Royal. This was the first time I was aware of racial diveristy. In the book a man finds out he has a black grandfather and is run out of town. […]
Kate, St. Paul, MN.
Brian N. St. Louis Park, MN.