After the President Barack Obama’s election, National Public Radio host Michele Norris came up with an engaging idea to get people talking about race relations in America. She printed out 200 postcards and asked people to express their thoughts on race in six words. When she began touring for her memoir The Grace of Silence, she slowly started receiving responses, which spawned the Race Card Project.

Some of the cards read:

“Isn’t Strong Black Woman a compliment?”

“Waiting for race not to matter.”

“Black babies cost less to adopt.”

Since the project launched, Norris and her team have curated nearly 12,000 race card submissions, many of them appended with deep personal stories and explanations. As she continues discussions on where to house the project, Norris says the project has truly been a learning experience.

“I thought I knew a lot about race,” Norris told the Associated Press. “I realized how little I know through this project.”

With a surge of comments coming in after the 2012 presidential election, Norris is sure that the election of the first black president has made many people re-think race.

“It appears that his ascendance has made people think not just of his story and his place in history, but also their own,” she told the Associated Press.

Cards can now be submitted via Twitter, Facebook and the Race Card Project website.

  • Treece

    Wow….I’ll definitely be reading up on this. You never know what ppl think about race unless you give them an anonymous platform on which to speak (such as blogs, comment boards, or Norris’s race cards).

  • __A

    Honestly, I’m tired of all these talks about healing race relations and beer summits. Nothing ever changes. Actually I think people have gotten worse. I stick to if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it.

  • Jaslene

    Neat little project.

  • Humanista

    I’ve checked out the the site and the six word comments themselves are pretty interesting; the following discussions on many of them are pretty counterproductive, however. It’s a shame, because this is really an cool project….I guess I expected responses to be more like what I’ve seen on

  • Caramel

    I don’t want to know and I don’t care what others think about race, just that simple.

  • J. Nicole

    This is interesting. No matter what, race will always play a part in every day life; whether we admit it or not. Some people are not exposed to other races & if they feel unfavorable towards a minority its usually because of what their parents taught them, what they see on the media, or some isolated event. When we don’t talk about race all we do is keep ignorance thriving

  • Billy Paul

    “You never know what ppl think about race unless you give them an anonymous platform on which to speak.”

    Forgive my ignorance, but…where in the hell have you been living? The notion of race is global; every single country’s people have an idea/view about race and it is rarely flattering to Blacks.

    However, our focus shouldn’t be on racial/political justice, but economic justice. Who cares whether I can live in a certain neighborhood if I can’t afford to (which is precisely the current situation that we have). Economic justice will arguably cure many of the ills in our community. Unfortunately, our community is heavily peopled by hardcore assimilationists and out of control anarchists.

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