Stephanie Wichowski, Mount Olive, NJ,. I’m proud to be Polish and part Irish but because I’m white and a girl I automatically get grouped into other categories. I get told I can’t dance “because I’m white” and I’m told to prove that I can dance. (Mind you I’ve been training at a dance studio since […]
Katie Kerrigan, The University of New Hampshire, Parsippany, NJ Recently I got called out on my white privilege. I acknowledge that I was born with a certain amount of it, but I do not want that to define me or people to assume things due to that. I think with everyone it is important to […]
Edward Darden Washington, DC Every American black person, who succeeds is and was self-educated to a great extent, at least in the beginning. When children are young, the chains around their minds and bodies are able to be broken with a Will to reach farther than what is in front of them. In this way, […]
Erika Grisselle Morales Montalvo, Newark, NJ I was born in Puerto Rico. I grew up learning that a Puerto Rican is blend of three: white European (Spaniard), Native American (Taino) and African (Black slaves). We don’t to measure ourselves through color but the heritage and knowledge acquired from these three great races. In Puerto Rico […]
Claire Wallick Moy, Maplewood, NJ. This is what I was asked in 1998 when I moved to NJ. Our 3 children look much more like their father than me. so many girls have been adopted from China in this generation, but not boys. A white Jewish woman with an Asian looking boy is outside of […]
Duryan Bhagat-Clark, Aberdeen, NJ. My father is an immigrant from Bombay, India. He moved here to go to college and graduate school. He is Muslim. While working at Rutgers University he met my mother; she is Jewish. They were married within a year. As I often joke, I know there will never be peace in […]
Madison Martin, Ewing, NJ. Growing up in a predominantly white town, race was not a topic of much discussion in the classroom. My parents were good role models to me and my brother and did not hide us from the world outside the “bubble” of our town, but the rest of my town seemed to […]
Cary Pittman IV, Voorhees, NJ Black people in America today are of many different shades, tones, and even features. Some are darker than others, some are lighter than others. Yet, when I say or tell you I’m black you should just believe me.
Jhanae Wingfield, West Orange, NJ. Often a part of the pick up line.
Laura, Red bank, NJ. Let me just start by saying that racial forms are the death of me. I keep clicking back and forth between non Hispanic white and Latin American. Here’s the thing. My mom and her family are from Puerto Rico. The language and culture are very important to her but here is […]
Vaune Peck, West Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth University
Yael Silverberg Urian, Montclair, NJ.
Tiffany Wysocki, Middletown, NJ. Monmouth University As I travel the world, I have found one truth: we are all innately equal in our drives and desires. We are driven by love and survival. We want the best for our families. We want to feel loved and have the opportunity to love. That’s it. That is […]
Patricia Armstrong, Dumont, NJ.
Richard R Clarke West New York, NJ This is what I see happening to people over and over again, no matter what their race, color or cultural identity.
Sarah Natannia, Ewing, NJ When my family moved to a predominantly white neighborhood, we were one of three Black families living on our street. One day, my mother, sisters and I went for a walk to explore our new neighborhood. An old white lady saw us walking and called the cops on us. The police […]
Jamie Coppa, Asbury Park, NJ. As a music teacher with an almost entirely black and hispanic student body, I was met with stories of oppression, lack of food, disrupted sleep, abuse, incarceration, and even the murder of the loved ones they so deeply cared for. I will never forget the beautiful music my students expressed […]
Cassandra Gordon, Morristown, NJ
Colleen McCluskey, Morristown, NJ
Tahj, Morristown, NJ Despite your perception, it’s not wanted!!!!!!!!!
Sydney Mihalik, Morristown, NJ
Kenneth Sierra, Morristown, NJ
John Christopher, West Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth University
Ann Sparanese Englewood, NJ
Alf Newlin, NJ. These six words popped in my mind while watching the national coverage about Ferguson as well as from a multi year experience centered around a community’s effort to materially improve community friendly public safety. Oddly the demographics for the referred to community are so very different than those communities currently in the […]
Bonnie Jerome-D’Emilia, Haddonfield, NJ. These are my three children. We had never discussed the derogatory use of the word yellow to connote Asian, until we were forced to. My daughter was shocked.
Inga Paterson-Zuniga West Orange, NJ I am a German-Scottish Spanish teacher, born and raised in the USA. I learned to see the world through multi-colored lenses after living for several years in Mexico, marrying into a Mexican family and acquiring a love of all things Mexican. As a middle school Spanish teacher I hope to […]
Eleanor Williams Maplewood, NJ My name is white, my skin is dark. Torn between my minority & majority roots I don’t know who I am.
Julian Smith, East Orange, NJ. When I hear a story about a black person that posed no threat being killed by a white police officer I no longer get angry I just sigh and think about how some people think a 50 year document changed over 300 years of oppression.
Ronald Zeigler, North Brunswick, NJ. I was stationed at Parris Island going to Personnel school. I was from New York and with my three New Jersey (also Black) friends went into Beaufort, SC. We walked into a bar and my friend said “three beers, please”. I was at the jukebox looking for Motown and finding […]
Anthony Chicaiza, Belleville, NJ. Collection: The Race Card Project, On Location, Hood Museum of Art, Witness I’m a first-generation Latino-American stuck between cultures and expectations of masculinity and gender on both sides. Which do I present today?
Kevin Antonelli, Vienna, NJ. I remember the riots of the 1960’s yet at the time as a young child didn’t know the reason behind them or what was going on in the world. I was raised by an Archie Bunker and lived in a W.A.S.P. town with one black family. I was a racist but […]
Kaitlyn Gravatt, West Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth University Whenever I click on Twitter I see #whitegirlproblems. How is Starbucks running out of my favorite drink a white girl problem? How is my eyeliner on one eye not matching my other eye a white girl problem? It is hurtful to be put into this stereotype that […]
Marguerite Stocker, Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth University
Jenna M, NJ. I’m white and I don’t constantly go to Starbucks or wear Uggs all the time. I’m tired of people making assumptions about girls who are white and making us all seem to be the same!
Josh, Monmouth University, NJ #theracecardproject @MU
Kevin C. Lawrence, Florence, NJ. Dad fought “fires” in ’68 Indy. Dr. King is my hero, too.
Julie Murphy, Plainfield, NJ. I wrote this in response to the excellent article in Nat Geo. White people talk about feeling outnumbered by other races. How do they think people of color have felt for hundreds of years? 30 years ago I moved to a town that was predominantly black and sent my daughter to […]
Kristin Silvani, NJ. Get over it, racist white people! You’re embarrassing the rest of us!
Stephanie Woodworth, Piscataway, NJ. My six words are in reference to how hesitant (in some cases, even terrified) people are to talk to each other when differences are involved. It’s as if even the most well-meaning people become paralyzed at the thought of acknowledging not only our differences, but our collective level of ignorance about […]
Tayari Jones, Jersey City, NJ. Submitted via Twitter: @tayari
John Heath Olguin, West Orange, NJ. Before you get all worked up about my 6 words. Let me explain. I watched a little boy of Mexican-American decent sing our national anthem and thought nothing of it. The next day I read about all the negative comments that came about of his performance (see link) and […]
Vincent Wrice, Paterson, NJ. It is frustrating to endure heightened scrutiny with harsh judgment yet be regarded so little.
Gabrielle Ientile, Spring Lake, NJ. Monmouth University Sometimes I hear people say that white people don’t have a culture. Then what am I? Where do my traditions and lifestyle fit in? What are the consequences of an “absent” culture?
Deckonti, Vineland, NJ. Just one of the many comments I would get growing up in a predominately all-white Catholic School where I was the only black and dark skin girl in my class.
Ian Heinz, College Park, MD. Enough said.
Jaclyn Huelbig, Edison, NJ. I’m white. When I was a child, I lived in a city (the type that hipsters remain uninterested in!) and I had friends of all races and religions. I had the benefit, for example, of having a conversation with my friend when she chose to don a hijab (her older sister, […]
George Days Jr., Newark, NJ. I think when you do, you’re see the reflection of your own image & needs…….
Cheryl Mercado Arnedt, West Orange, NJ. My grandmother and her sister — red-headed daughters of NYC cops — both married full Filipino men and were disowned. There was no race in our family – just rice AND potatoes at every meal. My grandfather “Pupa” intentionally didn’t pass down his Asian-ness or his language Tagalog so […]
Shani Ketema, Newark, NJ. Mini Buns. Boxer Braids. Tans. Injections. Street style. TRANSLATION Bantu Knots, Cornrows, Black skin, thickness and what I’ve been wearing for years cause designer is expensive. I’m beyond tired of hearing that my black looks better on the bodies of white America. It’s not fair that someone can buy my skintone […]
Sandra Hidalgo, Elizabeth, NJ. Family is my priority, my faith is my fuel, and I do whatever it takes to break stereotypes.
Bryan Fishkin, South Orange, NJ. As a white male who reaps the unfair benefits of institutionalized racism, I must make it an absolute priority to find actionable ways in which I can help alter the system to better promote actual equality. Acknowledging that the system is broken but doing nothing about it is just simply […]
Rev. Paul Nulton, Vernon, NJ. I grew up in a very racist family and church. My grandfather subscribed to magazines like “The Cross and The Sword” – John Birch society rants about how African-Americans, Jews, Hispanics (all foreigners) were less human than white folk. I remember the minister ranting about Dr. Martin Luther King in […]
Cynthia Groya, Princeton, NJ. Princeton
Paula Gaehring, Haddon Heights, NJ. Have taught in Philadelphia and now have students from Camden, NJ. So few of them have good male role models in their lives. Most are raised by moms and grandmoms doing their best but it is not the same as having dads, granddads and uncles in their lives. I wish […]
Janice Lowe New York City, NY My mother, Dr. Willa Lowe was one of the first black English teachers in several high schools in New Jersey, Washington, DC and Ohio. She was part of that first wave of school integration in which talented African American teachers were hired before African American students were admitted. She […]
Yazmine R., West Long Beach, NJ. Monmouth University
Jeanette Staten Island, NJ Seriously? So, what…does that make you “not” prejudiced? One of my very good friends said this to me years ago while we were discussing who would or would not marry. My answer to that was typical – someone who treated me right and respected me – doesn’t matter what color he […]
Fran Ruocco, Howell, NJ. Monmouth University
Amanda, Manalapan, NJ. Monmouth University
Nichole Pettit, Lake Como, NJ. Monmouth University I’m biracial. I’m not just African American, I’m also American, German, English and Irish! Many say “You’re black,” sure but I’m not just that. Do not reduce my race and ethnic background to a single word. I do not belong to a single group, I belong to many. […]
Bill Schreiber, West Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth University Thank you for doing this. The conversation will always be important, but I hope my grandchildren will get to see a time when it is less so.
Kristina Ientile, West Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth University
Janet Fell, West Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth University
Lucia Bailey, Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth University
Devon Lewis, Lumberton, NJ. Monmouth University
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Emily Bagnell, West Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth University
Rupa Das Gupta, Asbury Park, NJ. Monmouth University
Deanna Dantas, West Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth University
Anonymous, West Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth University
Justin Weick, West Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth University
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Makenzie, West Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth University
Joseph Anthony Firetto, Bayville, NJ. Monmouth University
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Krystle Ruggiero, West Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth University
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Gloria Bozor, West Orange, NJ. Monmouth University I attended a dominate white college for my undergrad degree. For four years professors, staff, as well as peers assume I was an anger, bitter, African American because I didn’t have too many friends, I didn’t speak much in class, and I stayed to myself. My grades were […]
Ashley Crean, West Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth University
Mary Anne Nagy, West Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth University
Yasmin Nielsen, West Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth Unviversity
Emma Caban, Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth University
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Russell, West Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth University
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Karen Bright, Little Silver, NJ. Monmouth University Continuum: a continuous sequence in which adjacent elements are not perceptibly different from each other, although the extremes are quite distinct.
Diane Eitel-Wortman, West Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth University It works both ways…. I am tired of people not recognizing people as simplistic as the fact that we are all people.
Edgar Montgomery, Brick, NJ. Monmouth University To know the story of my six words, one just needs to turn on any news channel, daily. Or, check the bureau of labor statistics since its inception. Or, check statistics on levels of incarceration for African Americans. Or, view all forms of media open to human consumption. Or, […]
Jesse Phelps, Wall Township, NJ. Monmouth University Jesse is 16 years old and believes racial equality is an imperative part of creating true community.