Tag Archives: race

Sara’s Story

One incident that I think my parents found kind of fascinating was when I was four years old. That was the first time we traveled outside of Pakistan, and we went to the States, to the UK, and Turkey. I … Continue reading

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Rachel’s Story

I grew up in a very small town.  All the members of the town were White and Catholic.  If they weren’t Catholic, they lived in the next town over, but they were still White.  As a child I probably would … Continue reading

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Davianne’s Story

The first time I became aware of my race was in pre-school when I was four years old. The pre-school was in a suburban town outside of Boston, MA in the early 1990’s. I was the only black student in … Continue reading

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Dana’s Story

I had a lot of trouble understanding why race was important when I was younger.  I remember thinking, “what’s the big deal?” and “did I come out on the losing end?” In fact, I can remember a white friend and … Continue reading

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Adrienne’s Story

When she was about eight or nine years old, she learned about slavery for the first time. She was immediately enraged and sad that something so insidious like that happened, but more notably she began to realize that race mattered. … Continue reading

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Students on Color – Students write about their experiences with race

Kids on Color is introducing a new series of student-written stories! For the next few weeks we will be featuring pieces submitted by undergraduate and graduate students from across the country. The stories range from accent discrimination and the challenges … Continue reading

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Name Calling

My child came home the evening before last from school to tell me she didn’t have a good day. A child bullied her, and it culminated that day in the child calling my daughter several names, including the N word. … Continue reading

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Lessons from American Idol

  I have a daughter who is about to turn five.  She is white. She has playmates of all different races/colors. The other day I was watching American Idol and she saw one of the contestants, Michael Lynche, singing.  Michael … Continue reading

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Robot Cartoon

We lived in Brooklyn until my son was 6, and then moved to an almost all-white suburb.  Luckily, he attends a very diverse school and is surrounded by different skin colors.  He recently (at 7 1/2) told me he didn’t … Continue reading

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“The White Kind of Black”

When my son (who is biracial–African American and Caucasian) was in about fourth grade, he was playing with a group of children on the playground in Brooklyn. I (White) was nearby and from our interactions it was clear that I … Continue reading

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