Ross Gay, who teaches creative writing at Indiana University in Bloomington, has a really good essay about racism and identity in the current issue of The Sun Magazine. It’s especially worth reading in light of the Trayvon Martin case.
Gay grew up in a largely white, working class neighborhood in Philadelphia where he often heard the N-word thrown his way. He became so used to being perceived as a criminal, that it has even affected his shopping habits.
NPR’s The Race Card Project has received thousands of six-word stories submissions, and one of them “Black Babies Cost Less to Adopt” showed how some adoption agencies uses different fee structures based on a child’s race. The fee structures aren’t really open to the public, but Caryn Lantz, an adopted parent provided a screen grab from an agency of what those fees could look like.