Susan B New York City, NY Brooklyn
Susan B New York City, NY Brooklyn
Susan Benjamin Roslyn, NY I think so highly of President Obama and have been overwhelmed at the depth of fear and nastiness that has surfaced from the old white guard still in elected office and surfacing in those that voted for those old white men.
Saundra Thomas New York City, NY My life began at the start of the civil rights movement. 1962. the music of the civil rights movement is the soundtrack of my childhood. I grew up black in a mixed community, too black to befriend the whites and too “white” to befriend the blacks….and lesbian. my legacy […]
Susan Siegel New York City, NY Brooklyn l am living on the backs of those that struggled and fought so that I can live my life outloud.
Federico Hewson New York City, NY Our times, our parents times and the residue of their struggles are remembered in all our struggles and celebrations today.
Amina Long Island City, NY
Amanda Feinman Poughkeepsie, NY Race is a social category, which is given meaning by institutional and cultural systems of advantage of disadvantage. Race is significant in light of these conferred and withheld advantages: it continues to dictate the distribution of resources; it impacts access to education, healthcare, employment, and other areas of the public sphere; […]
John Suter Ithaca, NY
Naadu Addico Poughkeepsie, NY Physical differences caused by a person’s genetic makeup cannot have large effects on a person’s social interaction. It is the way people react to and interpret these biological characteristics that affect a person’s social interactions. For instance, a tall boy’s height does not have any relevance to him until he realizes […]
Em New York, NY Born in Mexico, to mexican parents, crossed the border to find a better life, learning english on tv, grew up in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the US, with Colombians, Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Ecuadorians, two brothers many shades darker than I, my mother “the help,” always having too […]
Renee Risher New York City, NY Brooklyn
Tom Kratz New York City, NY Staten Island
Kristin New York City, NY The Bronx
Tony James Brooklyn, NY Can I buy equality?!…Because i don’t see it for free..NO WHERE! No lol.
Jacob Morrison New York City, NY The Bronx
Tarnyonoh Branch New York City, NY Brooklyn
Minsang Kang Long Island City, NY
Kimberly Glaud New York City, NY Brooklyn I chose my six words because of the way the the photos made me feel.
Edward Lyons Boston, MA If all schools provided a quality education, it wouldn’t matter so much how we decided who went where.
Christina Lewis Halpern New York City, NY The strange thing about race in the western world is the strong need to put people’s identities into boxes. I have a complicated identity, which led to people helpfully telling me what category I fit in, including making up some words to describe me. I’ve chosen to describe […]
Jamila Best New York City, NY Brooklyn Whereas my ancestors dealt with the troubles of blatant racism, today, Blacks may find themselves in a position in which we are still facing racism, it’s just coded differently. Sometimes, it’s in the face of a disgruntled white employer who may depict you as an angry Black woman, […]
Tiana Icesis Bryant New York City, NY Brooklyn My six words are like the Civil Rights Movement is different from any other subject, more independent, it’s a Lone Ranger. All the other things people say that’s important are not really because they are backed up with some things. People back everything up that’s important to […]
Jaxon Isaac Stams New York City, NY Brooklyn In my school, there are more non-Caucasians and are of multiple races. In my family, my grandparents on my father’s side are interracially married, including my Uncle Ron, who is Trinidadian. On my mom’s side, my mom’s aunt is married to a man from Yemen.
Kristine Pfister New York City, NY Brooklyn
Catherine Betances New York City, NY The Bronx The more I learn about the struggle then and now, the more I feel lost in this deep struggle, in the ambiguity of what it all means. My color, my everything, is lost in the white light. “My” race card is not something I pull out when […]
Julie Forgione New York City, NY The Bronx
Dean Solonmi New York City, NY Manhattan
Vishnu Rajan East Fishkill, NY Most of my life, I’ve been an outlier. I was one of 10 non- whites in my graduating high school class of 870. I’m short, I’m young for my year, and my family at home is different from everyone else’s. It took me many years to finally be ok with […]
George W. Kauffman Rochester, NY Because of the Affirmative Action Bill, ” MERIT ” is no longer part of the Hiring and Promoting Practices of an Employer.
Ann Altman New York City, NY “Liberty and justice for all”? Not until every child receives a good education.
Joe Sexton Brooklyn, NY No people own the market on hate or hurt; every people possess the solutions to both
LISA DEL SOL New Your City, NY AS A CARIBBEAN THIS STRUGGLE IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF MY CULTURE AND I OWE SO MUCH TO THOSE WHO HAVE COME BEFORE ME, THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL OF MY FUTURE ENDEAVORS AND MY SUCESS.
Tanya LaTortue New York City, NY Brooklyn
Karen Palmer New York City, NY Brooklyn I am the child of two teachers, the grandchild of a police officer, a seamstress and two farmers, all African-American and alive during the Jim Crow era. I could never have become a college graduate, world traveler, journalist and school founder without their many sacrifices and the example […]
Rachel K. McCain New York City, NY Brooklyn Hello, I’m Rachel. I’m eleven years old. Thanks for sharing this wonderful art and information with everyone. I know my story was more than six words, but it was important to use all the words.I was taught about the civil rights movement in school, but the teachers […]
Alisha Ragan New York City, NY Brooklyn My six words come from practically every field trip and public outing I have taken my students on over the past 7 years. Both teaching here in Brooklyn and teaching LA, people have told me my kids are ‘well behaved for black kids’ or ‘so nice for Mexican […]
Catherine Damman New York City, NY Brooklyn Kellie, the show is fantastic!
Vivian Dimmel Liverpool, NY Retired inner city school teacher who had to return to the suburbs and the mindset of ignorant people in my retirement.
Deirdre M. DeLoatch New York City, NY Brooklyn Sometimes we focus on the differences that divide us, but we are more alike than we are different.
Jarrett Tyler New York City, NY Brooklyn I believe we should use the same tactics of peaceful protest to combat problems faced in society today.
Rashawn Love New York City, NY Brooklyn Only when people stop stop see the difference in each can we build a foundation that can’t be broken by fear of others,the hate of the unknown, and the greed of personal gain.
Victor Goode Long Island, NY America’s first revolution was enshrining the value of liberty into our constitution. The Civil War Amendments, 13, 14 and 15 enshrined equality as a paramount value of American life.
Nikole Hannah-Jones Brooklyn, NY
Ray G New York City, NY Brooklyn The Black Liberation struggle did not go far enough — did not uproot oppression, disassemble power structures, create a new state power of the people — did not make revolution. We are seeing how all the successes of these past struggles have been reduced and reversed, and the […]
Nathalie Gregoire New York City, NY Brooklyn All my life I have been judged. When we see black people we automatically think they are thieves. When it comes to whites we think they are perfect. So many times we try to hide our identities, our race in order to fit in with society. But when […]
Mjrosen New York City, NY
Connor Eaton New York, NY In New York, people of all races live together. But people of all races all have their own thoughts on all the other races. This is nothing special. What is special is that it is culturally acceptable for any race to say whatever they want about any race, EXCEPT for […]
Gary Dunn, Brooklyn, NY. I find it extremely hard to forgive those who where responsible and benefited from the enslavement of us.I want to punish them the way they punished us. Make them strip naked, beat them, separate them from their families, deny them education, jobs,businesses. Make them feel inferior and back it all up […]
Anna Ying Zeng New York City, NY Brooklyn Submerged = hidden away Shadows= still there, lurking Murmurs = voices cannot be completely silenced Truths = comprised of many stories and experiences
Hayley Richardson New York City, NY Brooklyn
Saira New York City, NY Brooklyn An immature nation is still afraid of racial tolerance and hesitant to move on to a state of love and acceptance. With time, the nation learns and grows. The result is a community in which all are free to contribute to its progress and maturity is thus reached.
S. Anwar New York City, NY Brooklyn
Isabella Beavan New York City, NY Brooklyn It is not right to treat people different because their color skin is different
Alina Banny Amityville, NY
Anatole Vauchez New York City, NY Manhattan Racism was bad. A stupid idea to think that black people are inferior.
Will Chiang New York City, NY Brooklyn
Caitlin Steitzer New York City, NY Brooklyn
Stella Katz New York City, NY I’m Hungarian/American, raised working-class in New York City. I believe that race is a conceit (created to justify the exploitation of one group by another) and racism is the practice of that conceit, robbing us of our shared humanity by creating a hierarchy of false distinctions.
Rebecca Brooklyn, NY
Maureen Curran New York City, NY Staten Island The words by the Jacob Lawrence poster talking about people in Brooklyn in 1962 calling for school desegregation in our schools, breaks my heart when combined with this weeks news story about NY having the most segregated schools in the nation. Why? When will injustice cease?
Lydia George New York City, NY Brooklyn These activist have shown me the power of their boldness and how reluctant they were to stop their movement in the midst of adversity. Its encouraging even today to use those characteristics to fight injustices still today in our society.
Lily O’Hara New York City, NY Brooklyn
Jill T. Brooklyn, NY Though I keep hearing that as women we have common causes, common concerns, etc, I’ve learned that I should never count on white women as my allies. Color privilege trumps everything else therefore.
Mary ann Shannon New York City, NY Brooklyn I am enlightened, embarrassed, humbled and grateful as I engage and experience this collective. Truly allowed me to revisit a part of my own history with a different perspective.
Austin McKenzie New York City, NY Brooklyn Even though we as a society have progressed in terms of race and how we treat one another there is still a way to go many of our schools are predominantly one race and are over or under funded according to the prison system is systematically racist and […]
Hailey Irvington, NY The people who stood up for equal rights are brave!
MILDRED BORRAS New York City, NY ACCENT IS SOMETHING WE LIVED WITH
Luisaidy Manzueta New York City, NY Brooklyn
J Hernandez New York City, NY Brooklyn
Attica New York City, NY There is no equality if even the most disadvantaged has no voice, no words.
Andrea Robinson Freeport, NY To God be the glory, if we are to be a united nation.
Robin Kim Costa Uniondale, NY All things are possible thru Christ our Lord.
Anonymous New York City, NY Brooklyn
Everett Robinson New York City, NY Manhattan The story behind my 6 words creates a platform for history surfers who seek wisdom and the truth to know the difference.
Debbie Cowell Brooklyn, NY
Anonymous Brooklyn, NY
ARGIE Brooklyn, NY Original Submission: WATCH TERRIFIED BLACK MAN RUN FROM DOG, I CRY
Greg Huebner New York City, NY Brooklyn I was really struck by a piece in first half of the exhibit, with the two ‘crosses’ in a red center surrounded by black figures walking or getting sucked into the center of a vortex that they could not escape. When cultures are mixed together confrontations arise and […]
Hugo Rojas New York City, NY Queens
EMIDIA WEINSTOCK New York City, NY Manhattan I think that AFRICAN AMERICANS SHOULD have gotten equal rights and that they should of been treated the same as everyone else.
Jayda Medina New York City, NY Brooklyn When I was about five year olds, a Dominican hair dresser cut about seven inches of my hair. When ever I tell someone, I get a racist remark about hispanic people and scissors.
Beluvid Ola-Jendai New York City, NY I see race as a social construct. one that highlight differences of phenotype and cultural and geography at the expense of all else. most of it is unreal. a mythology to imbue false histories and elevated ethnocentrism. its hard to escape at times as we continue to invent new […]
Katie Goldstein New York City, NY Brooklyn White privilege is extremely present for me in my life and it is important to be featured in this project.
Karen Michel Pleasant Valley, NY Faceted, on the move, always changing the rules; what rules?
Wiloma Churchill New York City, NY Living some of these pictures make you want our youth to know where they came from..and not to digging up the negative past..
Chris New York City, NY Queens Some people have it easier than others. They need to stand up for those who have it harder.
John Confrey New York City, NY Brooklyn
Anonymous New York City, NY
Anonymous Student New York City, NY I know this stuff.
Sally Hirschwerk Port Washington, NY
Rosie Vasen New York City, NY
Jermaine Lowe New York City, NY Brooklyn The people and the culture will always be copied, subjected and hated. Luckily, we will endure and continue to influence and inspire those on both spectrums on love and hate.
Aaron Boockvar-Klein New York City, NY Manhattan When there are two choices, one the does not affect you personally but may be beneficial to others, and one that is easier, lazier, choose the former.
DANIELLE ABRAMS New York City, NY Brooklyn
Georgia Brooke Guinan New York City, NY Queens Life is about so much more than black and white. Stop being limited by your closed mindedness and see the full potential of a world that is in limitless technicolor and every individual holds their own unique shade of beauty.
Sarinya New York City, NY It is sad to me that this is an amazing exhibit and the battle against gentrification is being lost in this neighborhood. We have not come very far from this time period and the results show by who is here to have the privilege to come to the museum and […]
Angela Brooklyn, NY The individuals and communities who worked and work to break down barriers to human rights and destroy the isms of society-racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination deserve to be named and recognized in the pages of every history book
Eva Gross New York City, NY Staten Island I am learning about segregation in first grade. Black people back then were made to do all the work. White people were not helping them. Some white people did not believe in segregation.
Mariel Nunes Brunswick, NY Multi-racial female.
Cristina Brooklyn, NY Despite the constant wall we’re pushing up against, we stand proud, strong, and rich.
David E. Spence NYC, nY A concept I made and copyrighted this for a children’s book and character I made for my daughter 23 or 24 years ago. I wanted to convey to my daughter Aria the importance of everything and everyone in her life whether black, white, etc. gay/homosexual, different religions, rich/poor or anything […]
Melissa Johnson Brooklyn, NY With the continual killing and imprisoning, marginalization and exploitation of the black individual–blackness as an identity is loved and hated all while being continually othered
Charles Walton Brooklyn, NY For hypocrites who with one track minds who insist that all blacks need to do to get their comeuppance is to cease all criminal activity without taking a good, hard, long, uncomfortable look at their own extensive global and local criminal activity.
Nick Casey Saratoga Springs, NY I grew up in upstate NY. I was raised by my grandparents who have passed. My Mother was in the Air Force and married a man names Matthew. Mack (as he likes to be called.) has treated always treated me like his son and I love him very much. I […]
Daniel Scott Gittens The Bronx, New York City, NY
Muderi Aradi Poughkeepsie, NY Race to me is how authorities in an environment define aesthetic population differences, in ignorance to the vast continuum of intermediates that may lie outside of the smaller environment. Knowledge or acknowledgement of these intermediates would immediately add a confusion and invalidation to the narrow definitions. In a similar way, knowledge […]
Giselle Sanchez Huerta Poughkeepsie, NY Race is a concept that continues privilege, structural power, and inequitable distribution of resources based on phenotypes/ sets of observable characteristics. Race is a social construct, meaning that it was created through social interactions. Society and its people built the concept and continue to give it meaning. That is not […]
Colette Nkoyi Poughkeepsie, NY
Cleo Bedford, NY Yes, I am white and Colombian.
Laura Walters Brooklyn, NY
Carey Tan Brooklyn, NY Biracial (white and Asian). Partnered with a white man from rural West Virginia. We don’t experience much (if any) hostility. I’m told that this is increasingly normal in society, and this demographic development is supposed to fill us all with hope and pride. But I look around at all the entrenched […]
Kathy Lynn Gueye New York City, NY Queens Without the elder there is no youth without the youth there is no future….who is holding the cards when the youth can’t see past tomorrow living on broken promises of yesteryear when the dream has become the nightmare WE cant wake up from!
Bruce Rosen New York City, NY Manhattan The 3 words together would be inconceivable today & not for the right reasons
Bang Ang New York, NY People often make jokes about my name. They would ask “did your parents drop pots and pans or something?” or “Did your mom drop her spoon at the hospital to name you that way?” This made me very depressed and feel bad about being Chinese.
Dana Bryant, New York, NY. Case in Point: Walter White, Director of the NAACP from 1931-1955 . The man had about 1/27th percent black blood but was was forced to identify himself as a black man. When, later in life, he divorced his black wife and choose to marry the white woman he’d actually fallen […]
John Locke New York, NY I know it may not seem like it from all the crazy racist rhetoric directed against us. It’s okay to be proud of being any other race, except white. Well, white people invented the light bulb. We invented air conditioning. I think being white is fine!
Ranya New York City, NY A teen during 9/11… The only now officially identified as “Arab,” teen in my entire school. Before I was looked at as if I was just like all the other kids– just hold the ham, bacon, and pork products at school and birthday parties. But I had friends with some […]
Chantilly Mers New York, NY I am the daughter of parents who migrated from Palau, a small cluster of islands between Guam and the Philippines. Ethnically, I am Palauan and Chinese, and my siblings and I grew up in Hawaii. Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian is usually the box I check. In addition to my inherent multi-cultural […]
Steven Smith Lake Grove, NY My parents raised me race neutral. I grew up in an integrated neighborhood, and racism didn’t come on my radar until I was around 6-7 years old. People hating people because of the color of their skin was just…ridiculous. While on a business trip to Atlanta in the early 90’s, […]
Tata Traore-Rogers Brooklyn, NY My 4 year old asked me this about her 7 year sister ” she actually said ” Mommy, is Saffronia Indian?” I said, well if she was, you would be too. She said, but she looks like them. A woman who looked like she was from India and who overheard the […]
Freddi Brown-Carter New York, NY I wonder what else you don’t see? Do you see my gender, do you notice the gray hair? I don’t believe you don’t see color. Sadly,I think you feel you are paying me a compliment by saying you don’t see my negritude.
Ambika Howell Rochester, NY Funny how when you hear the word “diversity” being used to talk about how workplaces, etc., are attempting to appear to be DIVERSE, all you see is a few people of color on a cover page, or a poster, or on their website, surrounded by white people kind of in a […]
Conrad Folkes, Royersford, PA. I’m a first-generation American of Jamaican descent. I was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA when I was seven years old. I’ve always been an outgoing person. I make friends easily. I’m black, but I don’t fit into black American culture all that nicely. I […]
Joni Sweet New York, NY
Lynn Magnusson Jamestown, NY All around the world white nations are being flooded with third-world Moslam immigrants. Almost every nation in Europe; the U.S., Canada, Australia, etc. are having “multiculturalism” forced upon them, but by contrast liberals are perfectly fine with nations like Mongolia, Nigeria, and Japan being racially homogeneous. Apparently all white nations, and […]
Wendy Fillmore Ithaca, NY I have a beautiful son who has darker skin than myself. He also has a very unusual name which he loves. He has chosen to live on the more “creative” side of life rather than the “wall street” side of life. Perhaps it is where he feels the most acceptance as […]
Lilly B. New York City, NY
Elizabeth New York, NY This is what a family member said to me upon announcing my engagement to a black man. It was actually more ridiculous because it was framed as a question: “You know your kids won’t be white, right?” Wow, really? Doesn’t bother me but it clearly bothered her… My six words represent […]
Linda Johnson Bay Shore, NY
Tiara Stephen Brooklyn, NY United we stand, divided we fall!
Rory Santaloci Brooklyn, NY
Catherine Clark Rochester, NY Thank you for creating this site. I will encourage my college students to create their race cards.
Susan Lee New York, NY On the phone no one can tell I’m Asian-American, but in person I sometimes elicit this response. Because I am Asian, some people expect me to speak with an accent. Once a real estate agent, on the phone, described the neighborhoods she was going to show me. In person, she […]
Robin Bass Brooklyn, NY I’m glad for the progress made…but frustrated that we still have so far to go
Ruth Strassberg Shandaken, NY 1962 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan!
Rachel Luscombe Brooklyn, NY
Paul R. Nevergold Buffalo, NY My wife and I have been married almost 46 years and have two children and four grandchildren. Life has been good.
Michael Kassin New York, NY Ivan was one young man among many that I taught at St. Anne H.S. in Illinois–40 years ago. But he left the biggest impression. He lived with his grandmother in a trailer. I don’t know where his parents were (I did meet his grandmother, sister and brother). He shuttled between […]
KE Hauser Rochester, NY This happened 40 years ago but it still hurts when I think about it.
J Denny Albany, NY Why is it okay for “black only” scholarships, pageants, dating sites, etc.? If “white people” were to do that it would be considered racism/prejudice. How is it different? True equality means everyone plays by the same rules. While we’re at it, lets get rid of affirmative action. The best candidate should […]
Lily Cohen New York, NY I wasn’t born racist. My parents didn’t raise me to be racist. For the first twelve years of my life I was not racist. It all changed after my parents had to move to a Black area, and I had to attend a Black school. Needless to say, I didn’t […]
Lyn M. Anton Buffalo, NY Born in 1954, I grew up in a very small, very white town in the North. Obviously, these were turbulent times in many ways. I believe it was 1959 when the NYS Board of Education sent a young, Black woman to our school district as a speech therapist. Now, amongst […]
Peter Goodwin New York, NY We have separated ourselves into separate communities, sometimes with physical gates, often with mental or emotional gates, and so have very little contact with the ‘other’. And we can pretend that that we have no residue of racism in our emotional make-up while never having any contact with people of […]
Renee Hubbard King Staten Island, NY I am a Black American and I prayed to have a boy child. Now that he is here and a grown man I realize I should have prayed for a girl. Since he was about 10 yrs old I have had to make sure he walks with ID and […]
Harriett Fargnoli Rockville Centre, NY It’s so hard some days to make sense of anything. Humanity, not color, should define us. I was born in the Midwest to non-racist parents. I moved East where everything is ethnic.
Lauren L. Long Island, NY I notice that there are an overwhelming number of white people who refuse to accept that they have racial biases. This is certainly NOT the case with every white person out there at all, just to be clear. But when a black person says something about race, they immediately want […]
Deborah Sanders New York, NY Racism has become so deeply ingrained in our culture that we are often only able to recognize the most obvious aggressions. Even when we do recognize it, we often feel helpless to resist its powerful grip on our psyche. I think that much of the obstacles to achieving a post-racial […]
James William Gaynor New York, NY
Fatima Faloye Harlem, NY Unconscious racism and white supremacism and/or their denial are the new frontiers in race justice. If we don’t address them, we will self-destruct.
B Cole NY
Neil Feathers Albany, NY While racism IS alive and kicking in the USA, the Media, in their neverending quest for titillation, feeds and stokes the fires of racism FAR more than simply reporting, or even discouraging racist behaviors. Some media outlets are worse than others at this, but I see it across all demographics of […]
Elizabeth Cary New York City, NY I have done everything right in life, yet still I cannot get a cab, people lock their doors and cross the street when they see me coming, I’m stalked by salespeople in stores, I’m “suspicious” when I drive in a nice neighborhood or in a nice car, and my […]
Teresa Rochester, NY
C. Fleming New York, NY I am Jamaican-American (black) and my Fiance is white. Somehow even in a place as mixed as NY people generally assume that I am the nanny since my daughter turned out to be very fair-skinned. I think the thing that saddened me the most is seeing the way that many […]
Cynthia W Kaleh Rochester, NY At a very young age, my first best friend was a black girl who lived on the next block. I was so young that when told she couldn’t come over anymore, I just accepted the statement. Her family eventually moved away and though never consciously forgotten; it was over 30 […]
Ellen Tuzzolo Saratoga Spring, NY
Cristina DiMarco Hatem Jamesville, NY
Keith Gatling Syracuse, NY I’m black and from New Jersey. At least one of those makes me nosy. Or is “curious” the better word to use? I want to know everything about you. I want to know where you’re from whether that be across town, across the state, across the country, or the other side […]
Georgina New York, NY
Thomas F. Costello Binghamton, NY
Richard Perez Bay Shore, NY I was born in North Kingstown RI and raised in Queens NY. Somehow, because I am Latino I am often not considered “American”. When I was a teen in the 80’s, I was actually told “Go back where you came from” by an Italian about my age at the time. […]
John Dunne NY
Naomi Raquel Enright Brooklyn, NY My father was Jewish-American of Eastern European ancestry and my mother is from Guayaquil, Ecuador of African, Spanish, and Native American ancestry. I am bilingual, born in La Paz, Bolivia, raised in NYC and a citizen of all three countries. I am now married to an American of Irish and […]
Bill DelGrosso New York City, NY My first disaster response for FEMA was the recovery from the Rodney King civil unrest in 1992. 4 of us were in Compton for a townhall meeting with the Hon. Mervyn Dymally and stopped at McDonalds. One of my colleagues wanted to “eat in”. We were the only white […]
Samantha McFadden New York, NY I grew up outside of New York in a city that was definitely more urban than suburban. I spent the majority of my childhood being referred to as “that white girl” by my classmates. As one of a dozen Caucasian people in my graduating class in high school, you would […]
Gail O’Rourke Brooklyn, NY White Mom + Chinese daughter: Said right in my face, with my 5 year old daughter in my lap. She clutched me, buried her face in my chest and sobbed. I put my arms around her said don’t be disrespectful and walked out of the shop.
Jan Mason NY Born and raised in paradise as a Haole (white) person I had more than my share of discrimination but living on the “mainland” where I “fit in” with the white majority(?) my island heritage is invisible. I have taken to checking the box or “Pacific Islander” though I feel guilty about if […]
Joshua Prol Brooklyn, NY
Andrea Jill Berman Rochester, NY Grew up working class Jewish in buffalo NY. a very ethnic city. No melting pot there. people kept their ethnic identities. I was always welcome in my friends homes. my brother’s best friend in the 1970s was black. Very unusual. my parents did anti defamation and voting rights activism, so […]
Dan Hubbs, Queensbury, NY. Mixed race ancestry was a family mystery. When visiting Irish relatives in Ireland, all of whom were fair skinned, I knew there was something else in my background. It turns out my mother’s father’s family, who were quite adamant about their “English” heritage, were mixed race and from the British West […]
Manuel Pena Rochester, NY
MM Brooklyn, NY
Rebecca Carroll Brooklyn, NY
Elizabeth Asche Douglas Rochester, NY The first job I got as a teenager, based on my written application and telephone interview, was immediately withdrawn when I showed up at the appointed time and place to begin work.
Marianna Boncek Woodstock, NY I am a high school teacher. I have been accused of being a racist so many times I can’t count. I am not a racist, nor have I ever been. I actually have a multi-racial family by marriage. The first time a student accused me of being a racist I was […]
Aaron Sorensen Oneonta, NY I was adopted from Korea when I was 2 years old. Raised in a family of European descent. Who am I? More confusing, what do I tell my boys? How do I handle racist comments especially when I don’t feel a part of that group? So many questions awaiting answers.
Joe Sturnick Rochester, NY
Carol B. Rochester, NY My statement reflects my hope for the future.
Kathryn Logronio Buffalo, NY
Bernard Shaw Brooklym, NY It’s just that simple. White people need to start listening to the experiences of people who have to live their lives around racism. Be introspective about yourself and others. White people don’t own the perspective of neutrality; there is none. Either fight to end it or silently reinforce it.
Kellen Williams Brooklyn, NY It is telling that we delineate between American and Black American, and between Rapper and White Rapper.
Eric Brooklyn, NY I gave my daughter a calendar of notable African-Americans for Black history month. She thumbed through the pages and then announced “hey you know who’s missing from this calendar, Britney Spears”. I told her Britney Spears is not in the calendar because she’s not African American, to which she replied “she’s not?”. […]
Kay Wilkie Albany, NY I lost my closest friend following intensifying racial tension in Albany city schools during the early 1970s. It was just too difficult for her to be seen with me, her white friend, esp. since she was also ostracized for being in the “academically talented” program. Hard for me, daughter of civil […]
Stephanie K. New York City, NY I’m a first generation daughter in the U.S. My parents are Chinese immigrants. They just don’t get it.
Gaby Gonzalez Mineola, NY People tend to immediately decide I’m not educated simply because I’m Hispanic. Race does not equal ignorance nor does it equal intelligence. Your intelligence is based on so many things, the color of your skin has nothing to do with it.
Rico Cipriaso Jamaica, NY
Mary Ann Denning Corning, NY I grew up in a 100% white small city in Western NY. Although sheltered from race issues, from a young age I was aware that I was very fortunate to have been born white. Nearby Buffalo had it’s race difficulties and I was able to have an easier life by […]
Tracy Lanigan West Seneca, NY
Carissa Wertman Lockport, NY “Dumb blond” jokes just aren’t funny.
W. Bruce Johnston Albany, NY
Sayeeda Brooklyn, NY On a predominately white college campus in the late 80’s early 90’s I was often the only African Caribbean person in a class. Anytime issues around African Americans, Caribbean people or Africans came up all heads turned, to me as if I were an expert or authority. My classmates didn’t know this […]
Sarah S Rochester, NY
Alyssa Bunce Poughkeepsie, NY
David Trahan New York, NY Someone once told me in conversations that even thought I was gay, at least I’m white. As if I wasn’t allowed to feel oppression and struggle, because white trumped gay. There’s another side to it, I know. In some ways it can be harder to be gay and black, but […]
Richard Perez Bay Shore, NY Race is a byzantine and nuanced subject. The simpler days of the old binary strata, i.e. white/non white, are no more.
Ni Feng Ithaca, NY
Jasmine An New York, NY A third-generation, monolingual English speaking, Chinese-American’s adventures in Chinatown.
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