Want to play yours?
Michele Norris, special correspondent for NPR, started The Race Card Project to encourge people to think about the word race. Six-word essays—anyone can play. Go to http://theracecardproject.com/, read a few, and submit your own.
Here is a sampling:
Whites owe you nothing at all
That’s funny, you don’t look Jewish.
Race, a weapon of mass destruction
White trash is white for nigger
There’s a lot of “pepper” here.
Disappointed to find no African DNA
Warning!!! Educated black women walking by
The blind don’t judge by color
“Mama, look at the black one.”
200 years of progress undone in 4
You’re pretty…for a black girl
Norris began the project after searching her own family history for a memoir, The Grace of Silence. My ex-husband’s (putting words in his mouth): “Not mandatory busing—mandatory intermarriage.” Mine came from my mother when I shouted at her for almost running over two black ladies crossing Farrish Street in Jackson, Mississippi. Mama: “Colored women can’t be ladies.”