Season 1, Episode 15
DESCRIPTION: Holly has spent most of her life trying to figure out where she fits and, after feeling like she wasn’t quite accepted anywhere, she’s learned that making her own community is what matters most in finding belonging.
Moving on and getting older, it wasn’t so much, your exotic looking it was like, you know, what are you? And then, depending on who was asking it, it either felt accusatory, or it felt curious, or it felt…
Season 1, Episode 14
DESCRIPTION: Alex grew up in a tight-knit community that often turned oppression into prejudice, and that’s exactly what pushed him to start thinking differently about race and society.
They were taught very much that different races had ethnic personalities, everything was racially based. And my grandfather, that was the basis of how he thought about different peoples. Different nationalities slash races had different personalities. It wasn’t good or bad. It’s just fact. They are just different types.
Season 1, Episode 13
DESCRIPTION: After growing up in the Midwest, Kathryn purposefully sought out new experiences with race in other countries, only to find that humans share the same hopes, dreams, and fears all around the world.
I’m going to talk about my feelings now, please don’t misconstrue my feelings as the spokesperson for my race, right. And so I think a lot of white people are reluctant to talk about our feelings of race, because we literally do not…
Season 1, Episode 12
DESCRIPTION: After years of learning to survive in an unwelcome environment, Gabe is tired of trying to make others feel comfortable around him. The time for talk is over; he wants to see action and change.
Even at that age, I knew there was a difference. I was different. I knew I looked different from everyone. I knew that our family looked different from other families. But I didn’t understand why and it didn’t really bother me…
Season 1, Episode 11
DESCRIPTION: For Melanie and her community, protecting the earth and our water is a way of life — even if it puts them in conflict with others — because, without it, there is no life.
We’re calling Earth activists — get your vote out, make it count. Help protect Mother Earth, help protect the water.
This guy goes, I need a job more than I need water, though. And I was like, Yeah, but without water, you’re…
Season 1, Episode 10
DESCRIPTION: Dylan experienced a childhood that most people don’t even know still exists and it ended up shifting his entire worldview for the rest of his life.
Dylan references two amazing resources for Land Acknowledgment:
I think we could easily say that white people as a whole do not understand what people of color go through, do not understand that experience of what it is to be a person of color in the country. And what does…
Season 1, Episode 9
DESCRIPTION: While Kyndra was made fun of as a child for her looks, it’s the present-day bullying for her unpopular political beliefs that really makes her feel like she doesn’t fit in within her own community.
I make little race jokes. Like here’s an example: I say man, white people are wild. Y’all really are charging us $100 off of ancestry.com tell us where you took us from. You know? You can, you can make race funny…
Season 1, Episode 8
DESCRIPTION: Nick — lead of the band, Buenos Diaz — has been playing rock ‘n roll all his life, but that hasn’t stopped people from typecasting him and his music to fit their own assumptions. Check out the latest from Buenos Diaz at www.buenosdiazmusic.com
I’m American, as much as my parents were born or grandparents or great grandparents were born in Mexico. I mean, I was born in America, as an inner-city kid in Houston, Texas. I’m…
Season 1, Episode 7
DESCRIPTION: Katie has thought a lot about how she dealt with race when playing make-believe as a child, but she wonders if she will be equipped to handle her kids’ questions about race as they grow older.
I think it’s weird how we say, you know, this American, that American for other things, and then you’re just like, white. Versus like, if we’re gonna go world origin — American, let’s do it for everyone. That’s the privilege…
Season 1, Episode 6
Description: Ken feels his community is often treated as an invisible group, but neither that nor growing up with privilege are keeping him and his family safe right now.
I do have privilege and it’s really hard to even admit that sometimes because you don’t want to comment on it. …