Henry Wolff, American Renaissance, January 16, 2014
For nearly a year, National Public Radio has periodically broadcast vignettes from something called The Race Card Project. The project’s website asks “How would you distill your thoughts, experiences or observations about race into one sentence that has only six words?” It encourages readers to submit their sentences and to elaborate if they wish; hundreds of entries are on the website’s “Race Card Wall.”
We are told that racial diversity is a great strength–perhaps our greatest strength–but the Race Card submissions make it clear that diversity is a source of anxiety, tension, and conflict.
They highlight the difficulties of living in a multiracial society:
Some people write about being of mixed race:
Many entries are about transracial adoptions and the problems they cause:
Some submissions are about uncertain racial identities:
White guilt is a common theme:
Several submissions try to minimize racial differences:
The NPR broadcasts repeat liberal views on race, but there are a few entries on the Race Card Wall that point out anti-white double standards or express positive white identity:
Perhaps submissions like these were more common, but as in most “conversations about race,” the other side decides what to publish. So what would a race-realist Race Card Project look like?
Let’s find out.
In the comments below, please post your six words, and feel free to elaborate. You may make multiple entries, but please be sure they are thoughtful and not mean-spirited. Next week, we’ll publish some of the posts with the most upvotes, as well as our favorites.