In 2010, Michele Norris began inviting people to distill their thoughts on the word “race” to only six words. Today, more than 500,000 personal narratives, from all 50 American states, the District of Columbia (Douglass Commonwealth), and 96 countries have been collected.
You can add your thoughts to this online project. Race Cards range from being thoughtful and funny to heartbreaking and brave. On the Race Card Wall, you can read what others have added, though many are longer than six words.
Wilhelmina Street of Baltimore wrote: “Actually, more people of our very own race seem to struggle with the idea of an extremely light person marrying someone who is extremely dark. Even after 30 years of us being married, I still catch racist remarks and side glances from those on our side of the tracks. In my Fathers’ Day, it was called being ‘color-struck.’ In the words of Rodney King, ‘Can’t we all get along?’”