NPR’s Race Card Project

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Leading up to the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington, NPR’s Michele Norris established “The Race Card Project”

Welcome to The Race Card Project!

What you see here are candid submissions from people who have engaged in a little exercise. Here’s how it works. Think about the word Race. How would you distill your thoughts, experiences or observations about race into one sentence that only has six words?

That’s right. Your thoughts. One sentence. Six words.

Since I began asking people to share their thoughts about race, ethnicity and cultural identity, thousands of submissions have poured in from the web, by mail, by hand and via Twitter. Spend some time scrolling through the Race Card wall. Click through to read some of the stories behind the six-word submissions. Send in your own six-word essay. Share this with your friends. Join the conversation.

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Here are a couple that helped start my Facebook conversation asking for your six words on race:

Clarence B. Jones, MLK adviser/ speechwriter, and Palmyra High School (Burlington County) graduate, said, “Hate is why we cannot wait.” Civil Rights Leader Dr. Joseph Lowery: “Everything has changed-nothing has changed.” My six words: “Getting closer. So far to go.”

What are yours? Here are some of the responses

Patricia Quigley There is no room for hatred.

Edward Campbell The more I get to know people, the more I like my dogs !

Lauren Scarpa Hate destroys. Instill tolerance and understanding.

Steve Kwasnik We are really all the same!

Brian Startare Why must we worry about color?

Robert J. Kenney Can’t we all just get along?

Joanne Calabria So much progress in my lifetime.

Jessica Alamsha To hate is to lack understanding. #educate

Dina DiRenzo A social construct to vilify others

Nicole Lasecki I’ve been fascinated by the NPR race card project. So many things come to mind…

Terrible things said to me over the years:
1) Love everyone but don’t date him.
2) Yeah I have black friends too

3) Only unemployed because they are lazy.

4) “They” are all on government assistance. 

This is How I feel on the inside:
1) Loves all colors. Hates only idiots.
2) Suburban mom teaches tolerance and love.
3)Raised with blacks. Misunderstood by whites.
4) Watching racism thrive in professional world.

Norman Mazer States Rights will break up America

Joe Harrington Why is racism only one way?

Liguori Familia At the end, we are one.

Michael H. Color blind…more than a dream?

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