She asked for just six words.
Michele Norris, the National Public Radio host, was starting a book tour for her memoir, which explored racial secrets. Sensing a change in the atmosphere after the election of the first black president, and searching for a new way to engage and listen, Norris printed 200 postcards asking people to express their thoughts on race in six words.
“You know my race. NOT ME!”
“Chinese or American? Does it matter.”
“Oh, she’s just another white girl.”
“Waiting for race not to matter.”
Such declarations brought the Race Card Project to life.