Joe Mallahan Seattle, WA As a white man raised in the United States, I have, by no choice of my own, indelible racist perspectives ingrained in me. While my logic and my civic values reject this racism, it doesn’t change the fact that my brain clicks to a different place when I’m interacting with an […]
Skyler, Vancouver, WA Autistic, raised Islamic, and traveled the world. Still learning to be humble and understand the privilege I was born with, and will never “know enough”
Lynn Schilaty, Snohomish, WA. when attending a teacher parent conference my husband and I didn’t expect what we saw on the faces of teachers when they realized WE were the (white) parents of our adopted daughter. We could see in their split second recalculation on their face as that they struggled to take our daughter […]
Marie Abaya, Seattle, WA. No choice.
Donna Scott, Seattle, WA. I’m passionate about social justice, but I sense the amount of space that I take up, as a white person. I noticed race early on (I’m thinking I noticed it in Kindergarten, I was one of two white kids at my school of ~300) and I’ve been trying my best to […]
Celia Beasley, Seattle, WA. Being an upper-middle class white woman, I know I will never truly understand what it feels like to be a person of color in America. Despite my attempts to be aware of racism in this county through conversations, news stories, interviews, books, this website, etc, I know that I will never […]
WilmaS, Seattle, WA. If I had a dollar for every time I was asked if my sons were adopted…It’s happened a lot. A complete stranger approaches my family, usually in a grocery store or some other public location, and compliments me on my family. “Your sons are so handsome,” the person will say, and by […]
Joe Hooyboer, Lynden, WA Ask yourself, snd be honest with yourself: When you see people in everyday life, how would your view of that interaction change if they were a different color?
Benjamin Donguk Lukoff, Seattle, WA. Collected from The Race Card Project, On Location: Seattle Community Colleges Biracial and multiracial people often feel left out of the conversation on race. I’d like to see that change.
Silvia Zorrilla, Seattle, WA After applying to jobs for over a year and not getting a single call back for interviews, a local independent recruiter told me to change my English level in my resume to native. I had listed it as advanced since English is not my first language. I was very skeptical. Surely […]
Emilly Kelly Kennewick, WA
Russell Cupp, Vancouver, WA As an octogenarian thinking back about my years I am thoroughly embarrassed about the many advantages I had that I would not have had were I of a minority race. The most profound is when I was young and broke the law I got away with probation. I know that had […]
Brian H Edmondson, Kent, WA I want to learn from you
Hana Peoples, Seattle, WA Being of Japanese and African American ethnicity has brought many interesting comments from people. Because I have an “ambiguous look,” I get many guesses from people about what I am. I have gotten Mexican, Filipino, Nepali, Chinese, but rarely can people guess that I am both African American and Japanese. When […]
Gene Tagaban, Ruston, WA.
Daniel Robbins, Seattle, WA. No matter how liberal and progressive I might claim to be, no matter how many workshops I’ve been to or essays I’ve read about privilege, I still hear my inner voice express pleasant surprise when I see a minority doing well at something. Whether I see a minority excelling in business, […]
Ruby Russoniello-Damaskos, Ruston, WA My whole life I’ve been described as ‘exotic’. I am Aaniiih, Nakoda, and Northern Italian. I’ve always thought of it as an insult, and to this day, I think it means I look very strange.
Jessica Seargeant, Bellevue, WA. I am half Japanese and half Caucasian. I’ve been told I’m not Asian enough by Asians and not “white” enough by Caucasians. I’ve been accused of choosing between my races when it suits me and advised to just say I’m “white.” Why can’t I just be both?
Marcos Cu, Seattle, WA. I would prefer to write about diversity instead of someone else’s prejudices. For example the Mayan’s mathematical wonders architectures. The Kwakwa ka’wakw Pacific Northwest Coast people, totem poles monumental sculptures, the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s literature thus we talk about what matters not what put us down.
Beth Watson, Tacoma, WA. In ‘post-racial’ ( I use this term sarcastically) America, living in the Pacific Northwest, I can’t believe how many times I have been asked outright, “where did you get her from?” in response to seeing me and my bi-racial daughter in public. This question, of course, comes at the end of […]
DT, Renton, WA Dillard University
Christine Farrell, Naches, WA. My dad was an Italian/Irishman who grew up in the Bronx and Harlem areas of New York City. He grew up tough and he grew up mean. He was the only white kid in many of the schools he attended. He was involved in gangs, had been in and out of […]
Hallie, Auburn, WA This is what I get the most as an international student studying in the United States of America. I feel like it is about how I look, what kind of language I speak, where I come from, ‘am I Chinese’, ‘can you understand other Asia nations’ languages?’. Some people might come to […]
Clari Gonzalez, Auburn, WA
Joceline Marrufo, Seattle, WA I find that many young Latina women often are belittled with comments regarding their IQ and financial state. I am of Mexican heritage and I share this experience as well. My advice to other women who can relate to this type of situation in their daily lives is to let go […]
Manveer Singh, Auburn, WA Just because there are a couple of crooked/racist cops doesn’t mean all are the same. With everything going on with our country cops are seen in a bad way by some because of horrible things done by a few.
Fernando Vega, Renton, WA
Matthew Hartter, Seattle, WA. The feeling of uselessness leads to a desire for superiority.
Mariko Lockhart, Seattle, WA. Collected from The Race Card Project, On Location: Seattle Community Colleges My dad was black, born in Panama, as my grandfather from Monserrat went there to work on the Canal. My grandmother was from Jamaica. They moved to Chicago where my dad grew up on the South Side. My mom’s parents […]
Mary Engleman, Tacoma, WA I get told all the time I must be racist because of my heritage. But you don’t know my heritage. I don’t happen to look like my ancestry (Hmm, wonder what that could be from? Could I be two different races for some reason? Think hard.) I didn’t get to choose […]
Guy Godefroy , Seattle, WA. Submitted via Twitter: @mrfatlace Additional information for the 6-WORD ESSAY: http://southseattle.komonews.com/ news/arts-culture/ 445093-census-bureau-98118-most-diverse-zip-code-us
MaryLou Santiago, Kent, WA
Cindy Etter, Seattle, WA Thirty-three years ago I gave birth to a Chinese son. He has truly lived the life of a millennial, comfortable in a wide range of social settings, with good friends from many racial backgrounds. Coming out of such an increased diversity, the millennials and those coming after them are true indications […]
Melinda, Ephrata, WA. 50- year-old woman born in the south, grown in Alaska’s wildness, married too young. Courageously moving from isolation to a warmer world. Race goes deeper than color and texture, it’s how we love or don’t, what we teach or don’t, it’s chilly and it’s warm and it’s all degrees between. Race isn’t […]
Jennifer Fees, Spokane, WA
Miranda Nogaki, Burien, WA. I’m sad and shamed it took me so long to see the racism in myself and my country. It’s so much a part of my thought processes, my brain now feels wrong. I’m eager to do the hard work of learning to listen, how to drop my agenda and expectations of […]
Zachary Lansdowne, Seattle, WA Life is short. Obsessing on which brand of spacesuit you, or the others around you, have been given is not going to make you happy.
Ronald Mark, Camano Island, WA I’ve never seen a white person, I mean truly white, and I’ve never seen a truly black person. We are all shades of beige! Can we ignore the rest of the slang toss it out of the dictionary. Consider it juvenile! Move on, No discrimination, No riots. At some point […]
Gabriela Denise Frank, Seattle, WA. Despite being a Detroit native who grew up in Arizona, I was mostly surrounded by white kids like me during my childhood. Though my family is Jewish, I never experienced discrimination while living in predominately Christian communities. Even as an adult in Seattle, which is more ethnically diverse, I live […]
David Harlin, Lower Columbia College, Kelso, WA I’m an identical twin. All my life people have been asking me and my brother, “who is better at_____.” You can fill in the blank with things like sports, academics, fighting, and just about anything else. My brother and I found this very divisive and it made us […]
Sarah Cedar, Castle Rock, WA I grew up overseas where I was a white girl amid a sea of brown faces. I was the odd one out at school and I was bullied by the girls. This experience has had life long effects because I can still remember how scared I was. How totally alone […]
Sarah, Longview, WA I saw these words somewhere and it really stuck with me. I have been told many times that I will never understand what other races go through in America. I understand that is true. But I stand with all others and think it is important for those who have privilege’s to understand […]
Natalie, Seattle, WA. My grandmother never got to pass for white. She was sent to indian boarding school. 50 years later, I grew up in white suburbia, where no one assumed I was Native or even mixed-race. I self-identify as Native, I speak Chahta, I participate as a tribal citizen, I carry on the family […]
Kelly Blount, Snohomish, WA. If you live in the U.S.A. Your an American. Not African American, not Asian American, Irish American, etc. Once everyone believes that it would help a lot.
Amanda Sperow, Chehalis, WA. Oregon State University Because I am a young woman with blonde hair, and I take pride in the way I look most people presume I am a “bimbo” or dumb blonde. It’s sad our minds don’t extend beyond the sexuality of an individual, and we can only see as deep as […]
Chris Rochambeau, Seattle, WA I am ethnically “mixed”, (born in New Orleans – Spanish Creole, Cajun French and Choctaw ), but appear Anglo. I am, also, an ER RN. And, I am tired, sooooo very tired of all the BLM “protests”, (uncouth, unhygienic, rioters tearing up a county that is already struggling ), smack in […]
Rosemary Brinson Siipola, Kalama, WA. Reflecting on growing up in Duplin County, North Carolina, my Grandma Cora was the matriarch of a large family. Inez was her helper, confidant, friend and nurse for decades. My sister and I loved her and we played with her grandchildren. Over 50 years later, I think about Inez and […]
Anonymous, Spokane, WA. Playing on the radio when my 16-year-old friend in high school came back to school after her brother was murdered someone playing Russian Roulette while drunk in her home. Native American Family. He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother The Hollies The road is long With many a winding turn That leads us […]
Kimberley Bryan, Edmonds, WA I’m just on the tip of the iceberg learning about white privilege, and that being non-racist, which I am, doesn’t mean you’re anti-racist. It’s an often humiliating awakening: realizing that while I thought I was living my values of equality, I’ve benefited my entire life from simply being white. And being […]
Treylin S., Enumclaw, WA I always have to keep an image I don’t want to worry about keeping.
Lauren T., Kent, WA I’m ashamed and I feel like I don’t deserve space.
Chris Porter, Seattle, WA. Living in two worlds where aceptance is difficult gives way to the double closet for many gay black men.
Jen, Seattle, WA Any white American who says they are not racist is either not honest with themselves or they have been locked in a basement since birth. No matter your generation, all white Americans have been persistently and intentionally drowned in messages that black and brown people are inferior. It is all our responsibility […]
Janice A Province, Bellingham, WA
Caedyn Bennett, Renton, WA
Evangely Arzola, Auburn, WA I am Evy, born with the curliest, long brown hair, brown skin, and black eyes. I am biracial, Mexican, and Puerto Rican. There’s always been a push and pull regarding my ethnicity. Most people don’t believe me because my facial features aren’t those of a Puerto Rican or Mexican. People confuse […]
David Harllrin, Kelso, WA My essay is asking “Who are you as a person, not what race, gender, ethnicity that you are?” I care more about who you are as a person than what external group you associate with, or identify with.
Saddam Asyruna, Covington, WA I have relatively darker skin than my other Asian friends and they always came up with that word which bothers me.
Anthony Nix, Federal Way, WA
Jerin, Maple Valley, WA Just because I’m mixed does not mean I am accepted in both of these cultures white people think they can make fun of Asians in front of me because I’m “not that Asian” and when I’m with my Asian family they say I’m white and that I’m not Asian enough
Arizbeth Martinez, Auburn, WA Having moved to the US from Mexico when I was a kid, oftentimes I find that I don’t feel welcome in both cultures. In Mexico, I am not Mexican enough and in the US, I am not American enough.
Miles Crossen, Friday Harbor, WA.
Jessica H, Seattle, WA. A society which chooses to live with such oppression and misery becomes a society without trust or hope: a nation of desperate confidence men hoping they too will not be nothing, despised, a thing without hope.
Clara Krumin, Seattle, WA.
Heather, Seattle, WA. I grew up as a black female in the US and I’m happy with that. Why are we now expected to identify as African-American? Is this how the younger generation feels? I would love to hear their perspective. I think people should be able to self-identify as they decide is best for […]
Treysea, Tacoma, WA. I grew up in San Diego, CA in a predominantly blue-collar, working class, relatively ethnically and racially mixed community. Most of my friends and classmates growing up came from two-parent families – however strained or toxic the home, although there were plenty of kids that were also in foster homes or lived […]
Susan Tsoglin Seattle, WA At the time, I was a white female college student in a mainly white university. Following the disaster that was the reaction to NineEleven, I became more political. I became involved in protests and rallies, doing educational flash mobs, being “alternative.” I was surrounded by white hippie culture, which had re-appropriated […]
Jeff Keever Seattle, WA I just wish people would get out of their minds that the focus on “race” only includes some sort of ethnic identification. When people speak of diversity they should be speaking of all kinds of differences–differences in abilities, sexual preference or identity, religion, or any other sort of differences that may […]
Trevor Richard, Spokane Valley, WA. Without humility, there can be no true acceptance. Without acceptance of everyone for who they are, society will not thrive. Humility is the key to a thriving society.
Amy Kilfoyle, Spokane, WA.
Nic Rossouw, Seattle, WA. My son and I are both immigrants. I left apartheid South Africa in 1983. My family are white Africans who have lived in South Africa since the 16th century, only a few of my cousins and I have left. I sometimes half jokingly call myself African-American, but it is not really […]
Kailee Koller, Spokane, WA.
Jared M Snyder, Rochester, WA. My GG grandfather is R.J. Young. The author of this advertisement. Saulsbury survived the Civil War, moved to Austin, Texas, married and had a son, but then the trail goes cold .
Deb O, Shoreline, WA. I’m white. Finally I understand the concepts of privilege and immunity. It took me a while. I hope to prove myself an ally; I can no longer tolerate what I see and hear that hurts my family, friends and colleagues.
Weston Mui Bellevue, WA I’ve always felt white, yet to my friends, I’m Asian. My racial identity is often confusing, even to myself.
Eric Wall, Kent, WA. I was fortunate to be part of an integrated busing program all through elementary school. I went to college and got a master’s degree in Multicultural Education. I still spend too much time talking the talk and not walking the walk. Fully understanding the impact of Race is truly a life […]
Steve Morris, Seattle, WA. In the mid-1950s my father made a business trip from our home in Connecticut to Florida and back. He decided to make the trip by car, and to take my mother, my brother, and me along with him for a family travel experience. In the Deep South I witnessed undisguised segregation […]
Evan Contreras, Puyallup, WA. Music is powerful. Share it with everyone, and you may find more in common than you expected.
Anonymous, Kirkland, WA. In 1963 – yes, 1963! – The Dick Van Dyke show aired an episode where Rob mistakenly thought his new baby had been switched at the hospital. When the other parents arrived to (what Rob thought) make the exchange, Rob was shocked to see that they were black and there was no […]
Anonymous, Seattle, WA. My five-month-old Ameri-Kenyan daughter and I were part of a group of 300 Americans with the National Parks Service who commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights March. For five days, we marched from Selma to Montgomery. She rode just over my heart, clapping and singing as we went.
Leslie Troyer, Sammamish, WA. I was raised in a very WASP’ish environment. There was very little opportunity to interact with people of color or alternative life styles. When opportunity did present I focused on the situation, not what the person looked like. In High School, I worked for a woman while working on a charter […]
Erick Dietrich, Olympia, WA
Suzi, Seattle, WA I am white and grew up surrounded by whiteness. I was oblivious to what it meant to be non-white; to the fact that I did not see my own race, but only those of others. I have fairly become so much more aware of what my whiteness means in this society, and […]
Bob Preston, Seattle, WA. On Location: Seattle Community Colleges I thought of this while being told about this project, immediately, and since it has helped me through my transition back to my regular life from military life.
Debbie Jensen Everett, WA
Allison A, Yakima, WA. Sometimes it’s nanny, sometimes it’s babysitter or neighbor, but being asked if I was their grandmother was a first for me. At times, the question is about adoption . . . “Where did you get her?” The questions come from complete strangers, usually white people. The need to figure out this […]
Charuta Apte, Sammamish, WA. I am an Indian, and teach in a under-served community in a school which is equally white, black and hispanic. In the beginning, it was a recipe for disaster. Now, it feels empowering. Just last week, I had a few student accuse me of going easy on a girl who they […]
Xacu Seattle, WA The country we came from views us as bad and wrong. We were conquered, killed, and hated. Laws were made against us, we were disallowed to speak our own language, forced to speak theirs. When I say hunted, I mean there were death squads sent out by the government that took 21,000+ […]
Dorian N. Spokane, WA. I am mulatto. I have a black father and white mother. I love being bi-racial, I take pride in it and feel very lucky to have heritage that stems from two completely different directions, but it took many years to achieve this level of confidence, because when strangers, family and friends […]
Daniel Sconce, Wenatchee, WA. Imagine you are blind and visiting another country. Imagine you don’t know the language and have none of the currency. Would race matter? What would you do with your judgments and assumptions?
Antoinette Malveaux, Seattle, WA.
Chris Porter Seattle, WA History and TV have provided many roles, mostly negative, for black males. Our society rarely sees black men in the role of care taker or nurse, providing nursing care and in the role of leader particularly in a female dominated profession. It has been my life’s mission to tear down that […]
Adana, Seattle, WA. I have 2 children. My son looks just like his papa: dark, wavy hair and alabaster skin. My daughter looks like me: golden skin and curly brown hair. When I’m out with my son, I’m asked if I’m his nanny. When I’m out with both kids, I’m asked if they have the […]
Kylee Robinson, Seattle, WA.
Julianna, Seattle, WA. I have wished I was biracial everyday so I could better help with the issues. How can I help now?
Doug Langworthy, Vashon, WA. Our country started changing the minutes we white folks started building our first settlements, displacing the people that had been here for thousands of years. It has been one long evolution of change. Most of it for the better, some of it not. Let’s not fear the change. Let’s not fear […]
Mariel Rieland, Seattle, WA. I’m about as stereotypically European-American as you can get… Born to an upper-middle-class family, raised in the suburbs, graduating from a private Christian university. And yet, I’m a sociology major who studies systematic social inequality for a living. I’ve learned how to deconstruct the broken systems of race, gender, and class […]
Maria Seattle, WA You’re Mexican? Then why the disguise? I was asked this by a viejito selling his wares in Tijuana, México, probably about 20 years ago. He had been shocked to hear me speak Spanish. I would of been in my early 20s, all rebellious with punked out bleached blond hair, red converse & […]
Cynthia Calhoun, Covington, WA. As a white woman from a relatively red-neck area, I’ve struggled in confusion against the racism in myself and others. Now, my Kenyan daughter-in-law and black grandsons make me more aware than ever of how much racism is still out there and in me.
Marion Reid Kee Redmond, WA Some of my ancestors went through a lot so that I could be “white” and not have to know about them as African, Native American, Eastern Mediterranean. Others who were considered white may not have been free. Some of my Celtic ancestors were forcibly resettled by the English. Others were […]
Rose McKenney Lakewood, WA I’m glad we’re finally acknowledging the number of multi-ethnic people in the US. Sadly people my age (50s) have been asked to choose one; yet I know several multi-ethnic people around my age. They lost a lot because they or their parents felt the need to choose one tradition or ethnicity.
Stacey Seattle, WA The Civil Rights movement was hijacked by progressives. Since that time, they have destroyed Dr. King’s “Dream”. The virtual enslavement of the near-entirety of America’s black populace to the statist ideological plantation is destroying any hope of reconciling the differences between majority & minority. No longer is a man encouraged to exhibit […]
SLTR Seattle, WA I was raised in a white protestant homogenous family. From the time I was young, my curiosity led me to friends of other colors, races, personalities…anything new. In my 40’s I find myself with a Mexican husband, in a profession where I constantly learn and teach in a petri dish of races, […]
Brent Sprute, Vancouver, WA.
Jen Davison, Seattle, WA. I am White. When I voted for Obama I said “I don’t see color.” Well, I do now–and I feel ashamed and flabbergasted that I’d not realized my privilege before. Trying my best to dismantle my own White-Supremacy beliefs and behaviors and to be an ally–or at least to hurt people […]
Jessica, Seattle, WA. I moved to a nice, peacefully safe area. First there was just a few illegal Mexicans but it’s changed. We made it easy for them by giving them free money, food, schooling. I hate them. I don’t like the Mexican culture, mannerisms,beliefs,..everything….is it so wrong to prefer not to like them. Why […]
Stephen Mai, Seattle, WA. Race to some can just be a dirty word, used to victimize themselves and create more barriers and problems, where as race to another person can literally mean how society treats them
Chris Porter, Seattle, WA. It is hard for me to think about living in a country where my life seems to have little value. It is hard to think about living in a country that is the envy of so many around the world and yet I am not part of that envy. It is […]
Patricia Alvaro, Spokane, WA.
Alyce Gatlin, Seattle, WA. I like to put the “unity” in community. I want to listen, listen, and listen to people. Together we can find our commonalities and learn about our differences. There is no discussion between us and them … only WE can have a conversation.
Bobbi Josephine Smith, Spokane, WA. We could learn a lot from others if we only took the time to get know them.
Lena Arnett, Spokane, WA.
Lora-Ellen McKinney, Renton, WA. I am not my color, though I am in some ways what my color represents in America. I am, by this definition, an African American first because this what people see. I also identify with African American history, culture, family structure and faith practices. But alone in my house where I […]
Ashley Giles, Spokane, WA.
Shelly Schultz, Spokane, WA.
Loren Broyles, Spokane, WA. We all have our own path and yet we all want to be happy and avoid suffering.
Emily Vallies, Spokane, WA. I am happy to participate in a project like this. It is very important to me that people start realizing their privilege and start working to make this country a better place for diversity to blossom.
Christopher, Seattle, WA. I was born in the US in the late sixties, I am Caucasian, and I had not even once experienced any form or racism, whatsoever, until I was in my later 20s. I am 50 year old now, and I have only seen that racism against whites in the black community has […]
Ruth Lee, Spokane, WA. We are each exactly what we are meant to be. There are no mistakes for our journey here on Earth.
Mary Zeitner Edmonds, WA I had just moved back to Seattle in late April from Arizona where I worked nights and spent most of the day outdoors, so my skin tone was quite a bit darker than people in the neighborhood, many of whom were of Scandinavian or Native background. It was twilight and as […]
Steph S. WA I recently had a family member decide that he doesn’t want anything to do with me because I refuse to believe that my race or sexual orientation makes me in any way superior to any other human being. Apparently (according to this family member) the bible says White people are better than […]
Sarah Lucero-Prestidge, Seattle, WA. On Location: Seattle Community Colleges FYI: I have donated my DNA to the NatGenome Project, and found that I am roughly 30% N Euro, 30% Mediterranean and 20% AmerIndan, and 10% East&West Asian and 10% African. Before I knew this, I had always felt like people accepted me for being White […]
Haley Wheelon, Camas, WA. I am the “white american”, the majority and the priority. I hope someday to own a white perfect 2 story house, with a white picket fence in a all white neighborhood. I will be a stay at home mom with 2 boys, Luke and Levi, and a golden retriever, Max. For […]
Greg S. Furman, Vancouver, WA. They will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Except white males. Your privilege predetermined your only value.
My experience Seattle, WA People say “reassuring” discounting things like “I never think of Asians as people of color, you’re like white people with funny eyes.” and operate using stereotypical assumptions believing they are operating “color-blind”. In most workplaces recognition of racial diversity is limited to certain days of celebration and when it makes HR […]
Jamie M. Young, Seattle, WA. Collected from The Race Card Project, On Location: Seattle Community Colleges I was born in Subic Bay, Philippines at the former U.S. Naval Base. My father is from Minnesota (of Norwegian/Irish decent), and my mother is from Minuhang, Leyte, Philippines. I am mixed race, but I have fair skin and […]
Fleetwood Wilson, Seattle, WA.
Mara Sobotka, Seattle, WA. It is true, and my heart is irreparably broken.
Maria Anderson, Seattle, WA.
Clare Chun, Seattle, WA. I’m an aspiring actress and filmmaker. Whenever I share this with others, every so often I get hit with, “Oh like that Lucy Liu girl!” First off, I am Korean American and she is Chinese American, secondly, we don’t look or act anything alike. Yes, as shocking as this sounds, we […]
Yasmin Igal, Seattle, WA. Africa is a huge continent made of 1000s of languages and assuming I speak African because I’m Somali doesn’t makes no sense whats-ever. Born in America and being raised here, children use to ask me that and i thought it was a joke, but sadly it was a legit question for […]
Issabella Pena, Tacoma, WA.
Lincoln Ozawa, Renton, WA. I asked my parents if they think I’m white and they couldn’t answer. Father is of Japanese & Hawaiian descent, mother is of Norwegian descent. I have my mother’s skin, my brother has our father’s skin.
JB Tellez, Seattle, WA. All my remembered life I have been fortunate enough to be raised by a loving chicano father (and grandmother, great grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins too!) Here’s a picture with my abuela/grandmother and primo/cousin. She called me ‘Jonny Ojos Azules’ (Jonny Blue Eyes). Sometimes people will be surprised when I tell […]
Fa’aumu Kaimana Elsea, Seattle, WA. The 7. One of the more dangerous routes in King County Metro’s transit system. Never mind that, it’s the stigmas that’s brought about by this statistic. Are we unconsciously becoming afraid of the people in that route when after all, we are just ordinary transit riders?
Ms. Forthekids, Tacoma, WA. Let us keep this ‘race’ conversation going!
Andrew, Tacoma, WA. We adopted our son when he was two weeks old. He’s seven now. My naivete about race has only gotten clearer and clearer these last 7 years.
Brian Murray, Seattle, WA. Growing up it was always hard to find my own identity because I came from a bi-racial background. I am half Black and half Japanese and always had problems being accepted by either racial group because of my uniqueness. Although coming from a low-income housing development called the Rainier Vista Projects […]
Michael l Koetje, Vashon, WA. I grew up in a sheltered deeply religious community. Just white folks. When an older friend went away to college and brought a black guy home in the Mid-60’s, those were my Father’s words about the children they might have. I said America needs to be ready. I believed what […]
Maleny Vega, Moses Lake, WA.
Samantha, Seattle, WA. I’m an Asian American woman who gets this all the time. Throughout high school, people assumed that because I was Asian, I should be smart. Most times I laughed it off, but that’s allowing the stereotype to live on. It’s interesting to look back and see how other Asians in my year […]
Merrile Sing, Seattle, WA. A predominantly white choir in Seattle has built relationships with multi-ethnic communities and raised funds for the needy in the past 10 years by singing African-American gospel music. Gospel music, through its message and interactive call-and-response nature, opened a door. Since its inception, the University Presbyterian Church (UPC) Gospel Choir, located […]
Heather Melberg, Renton, WA. I am born and raised in Seattle. Lived in Japan my junior year of high school. Fascinated with all races and cultures and our stories of now and the past.
Jason Nilsen, Olympia, WA.
Lorraine Longley, Ephrata, WA.
Anonymous Kennewick, WA Being Latina, with a white name, but in knowledge of my Latino surname. I try to be supportive of my friends with their biracial and transracial adoptions, but it is so hard. I have suffered and struggled so much with my identity. People have such good intentions, but the children suffer. Then, […]
Jaqui, Bremerton, WA. So often, when having a conversation about race white a white person they are unable to step outside themselves. They are either A) focused on how they personally never owned slaves/lynched someone etc or B) more worried about their own hurt feelings, because somehow pointing out that the system of oppression that […]
Fiona Hinkulow, Renton, WA. and I’m not adopted!!!
Jim Minkler, Spokane, WA.
Aubri Norris, Spokane, WA.
Rylan Martin, Spokane, WA.
Anonymous, Spokane, WA. On location Spokane Falls Community College.
Esther Wakeman, Spokane, WA.
Tasha Swain, Spokane, WA.
Megan Nelson, Spokane, WA.
Polly McMahon, Spokane, WA. They are all stereotypes that limit us.
Dakota Dubois, Spokane, WA.
Alethia Grace Cyrus, Tulalip, WA. My most striking experience of my own internal “like me is normal” sense came midway through reading The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer. The front cover shows the protagonists, two of whom are Black. The story is set in futuristic Zimbabwe, and I’m pretty sure I […]
Ty Pethe, Seattle, WA. For better or worse, we are social creatures that innately create groups of people like us. Whether it’s race, nationalism, gender, sex, ethnicity, economic class, sexual preference, religion, culture, age, sub-culture, political identity, philosophical identity, geographic identity, etc., we all tend to find value in our own (shared) identity. It tells […]
Norma Torres Addis, Seattle, WA. The first time I heard this question, I thought it was funny. After hearing it a few times, it made me wonder. If my heritage is Mexican and I don’t know the first thing about making tortillas does that make me less of a Latina? So many times organizations I […]
Mariela Barriga, Seattle, WA. Collected from The Race Card Project, On Location: Seattle Community Colleges