How does race impact your life and society?


Catherine Clack:
Was it also just my imagination that when I went to pay for my purchase, she called her 8 or 9 year-old grandson to the cash register and had him handle the transaction? How about my life at Rice University? Perhaps it really wasn’t an issue of race those evenings I walked back to my home at Sid (I was a Resident Associate), only to hear “Nigger, nigger, nigger!” coming from one of the Will Rice rooms along the walkway. [more in the forum]


Nashwan Hamza:
“I remember after September 11th, as an Arab American, I was given a very small
taste of what many Black Americans have endured for centuries? For a short time
thereafter, I did not go out or attended social functions out of fear. I even
purposely misstated my identity to a questioning stranger to avoid conflict.” [more in the forum]


Jordan Myska Allen:
“Suddenly all these people are in one room together, and we’re about ready to go for each other’s throats. People want answers, but there aren’t answers. It’s not easy. People demand an apology. Others refuse. I refuse to be seen as a collective, I am an individual. Others suggest that we be colorblind, I’m friends with people, not people of certain races. Others still want blood, and to them Sid is a racist college.” [more in the forum]


Ani Fox:
“Race is a lie, a dangerous brutal illusion that was manufactured to give force to policies of oppression, murder and religious domination. Who built race? In America it was Wealthy White Straight Anglo Saxon Protestant Men – Irish, Italians, Jews, dirty immigrants, etc need not apply.” [more in the forum]


Claire Villarreal:
A white student was complaining that members of minorities had more rights and privileges than white students, that reverse discrimination was now the real problem. “Really?” my mother said. “Do you think you’d be better off African-American, then?” The student thought about it for a moment, then admitted, “No.” [more in the forum]


Andrea Leyton-Mange:
“even if the concept of race is prejudicial by nature, it has affected society to such a degree that it not only can't be ignored, but it shouldn't be ignored. Racial boundaries define much of the world's cultural heritage, and ignoring race would risk ignoring valuable cultures. And more importantly, acknowledging race is necessary in order to remedy continuing racial injustice in America and the world.” [more in the forum]


Mary Ann Clark:
“As a culture I think that in many ways we are becoming racially conscious in new and positive ways. I’m happy to have lived between the beginnings of racial desegregation in the 1950s to the current political scene where people like Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Barack Obama and others can hold important elected and appointed offices.” [more in the forum]


Nick Hambley:
"I was continually reminded of the Dr Suess tale of the Sneetches who became obsessed with a star on their bellies. This star was a status symbol and any sneetch that had one would be envied by all. Eventually a budding entrepreneur figured out how to tattoo these stars onto the sneetches and began making large amounts of money off of all the star-hungry sneetches. As soon as the original “stars” figured out what was going on they went to the entrepreneur and asked him if he could remove their stars from their belly. Of course as soon as he had done so he not only made a bunch of money but the “un-starred” sneetches became the jealosy of the species. This process went on until..." [more in the forum]


Thank you.