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Interviews 2019

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Interviews 2011

Robert Michael Dulaney

As Interviewed by Aidan Dulaney
"The violence of those years and the 50s had to do more with the younger people being very very much opposed to the war effort in Korea and Vietnam, and the Haight-Ashbury rise more had to do with people in poverty rather than race."
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C. Kennedy

As Interviewed by Cameron Murdock
"People look at a segment and focus on one piece of the puzzle and say this is gay lifestyle."
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John Encandela

As Interviewed by Alex Siegenthaler
"[For my dream project] I would form a sort of coalition of private donors and nonprofits to deal with the issue [of poverty]."
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As Interviewed by Jackson Blankenship
"I think when you have one particular moral structure that certain people are agreeing upon that says some people don't deserve rights you really need to think about that."
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Kevin Dwyer

As interviewed by Emily Dwyer
"I thought: Tell me again why I signed up for this? Why did I think this was a good idea?"
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Hal Sirowitz

As Interviewed by Finn Uyeki
"I have to be careful of my balance when I walk. I have a battery in my chest I have to recharge twice a week that is connected to chips in my brain. I canít forget to take my medicine."
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James C. Harrington

As interviewed by Leroy Torres
"It's very important in our lives that we understand that our personal day-to-day relationships- about how we live our lives, and how we help people, encourage people, and sometimes correct people, is very important."
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Lora Yvette Alaniz

As Interviewed by Abi Peterson
"Not only was I in the minority category of being a woman, according to our binary, gender-coded society. I was also Latina, so I was navigating that unique pressure. "
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Christina Almeida

As Interviewed by Sebastian Castaneda
"I can relate to the students in our program because I am a first-generation college graduate."
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Sue Vaughan

As Interviewed by Matthew Plummer
"I have had several very proud moments where he has been the voice of reason of all things. Heís been the one that came up with the answer, he can say that something is very simple. He can find the way through the darkest tunnel, where something could have been very complicated for anyone else."
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Diana Reyes

As Interviewed by Noah Hanser-Young
"The legal document in this society tells you who you are Ė and what you are is someone who is able to become visible in society, work, get paid, and have rights."
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Amanda Van Hoozer and Kate Nyquist

Abigail R
"If we canít talk about it, if we canít make it public, if we canít kind of show how damaging it is, then we are not going to be able to stop it."
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Maria Wood

As Interviewed by Linus Wood
"I had only read about it in papers, but it was a totally different way when you actually are faced with it. It becomes much more serious Ė I just didnít really imagine it was going to be this bad."
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Mike Harrison, PhD

As Interviewed by Jasmine Skloss-Harrison
"I think in 20 years people will look back on all of the controversy and laugh. Your children and your childrenís children will go, ďWhat the hell were they thinking?Ē Itíll be a non-issue Ė itíll be such and accepted part of life that itíll be like the expectation that the sun comes up in the morning."
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Delano Pruner

As Interviewed by Bryton Calder
"It was just a soul-searching thing with me. I didnít think it was right. I am very good at putting the shoe on the other foot Ė and I knew that if I was in that position, I wouldnít like it a bit."
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Bahaa Ghobrial

As Interviewed by Kari Siegenthaler
"During the revolution we were Muslims and Christians protesting together. The religion thing is a card that leaders play with in order to divide people to different groups so they can control them. "
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Michael Mainor

As Interviewed by J.W.
"I am so compassionate about people and kids and people who I donít know, who I see need help, or are suffering in some kind of way. I help them because it always goes back to when I saw the people of Kuwait walking from their country with no food or any water."
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Socorro Rosiles

As Interviewed by Anisah A.
"I worked hard to make sure everyone behaved. And finally everyone was together. Everyone was equal."
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Kathi West

As Interviewed by Rachel F.
"In the old days, they used to say this perpetrator doesnít have any money at the time of the sentencing, so the judge wonít order any restitution. But what if they inherit it or win the lottery? Couldnít touch it."
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Rehema Apio

As interviewed by Lila Madden
"Both the government and the rebels were fighting and when the two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. All the people in Northern Uganda suffered."
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Ada Seidemann

As Interviewed by Viktoria H.
"You donít recover from your losses. You just leave because you are alive."
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Vonnye Rice Gardner

As Interviewed by AJ Marks
"To know that things can change and the heart of man can change Ė thatís whatís important."
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As Interviewed by Dylan R.
"...You need to educate the children to treat everyone fairly, and to be kind to one another, and not single people out because of their skin color, or their religion, or their way of life, or anything of that sort."
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Alex Amponsah

As Interviewed by Corbin Schmeil
"They were saying stuff like, ĎI canít believe they followed us around the store! Thatís so messed up! They thought that just because I was white that I was going to steal something?í I looked at them, and I just laughed. I said, ĎI feel your pain.í"
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Mark Salmenson

As Interviewed by Andrew S.
"As a child you didn't know why children three or four houses down the street wouldn't play with you. It just didn't make sense."
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Luci Baines Johnson

As Interviewed by Marcella Cannatti
"Whether you were liberal or conservative, whether you were black or white, whether you were old or young Ė the assessment in our country would ultimately be that this piece of legislation had changed it for the better."
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Ramona Kar

As Interviewed by Deepa Telang
"I learned in the field of social work not to measure my accomplishments by outcome but by process."
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Amit S.

As Interviewed by Jongwook Mah
"There wasnít really much for the people who wanted to earn honestly."
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Daniel McAtee

As Interviewed by Nicholas Hammel
"I donít think, unless youíre a very closed-minded and uneducated person, that you can really be against gays."
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Martin Barron

As Interviewed by Austin B.
"So all of that makes me understand that I don't have anyone around me to protect me. I have to grow up, day by day, be a man and support my family. And it was hard, but I did it."
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Ami Vaidya

As Interviewed by Sahil V.
"The biggest hardships were probably racism. I would always have to be conscious if I saw someone with a crew cut or looked like a skinhead, to walk on the other side of the road. My heart would pump a little bit faster, and I would be prepared to run, or fight. I would always have to be more vigilant about my surroundings. A hardship in the UK was just living, making sure youíre not at the wrong place at the wrong time. "
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Dale Bulla

As Interviewed by Ayush Bhansali
"I called Washington DC, talked to the head of our National Education Association, who was an expert on federal law. Within one week, we had full-day kindergarten for all the kids."
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Tim Kernan

As Interviewed by Hanna Bottema
"Our primary mission was to track and hopefully capture or eliminate a group of terrorists who are linked to Al Qaeda. "
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Christa Hillhouse

As Interviewed by Zoe Czarnecki
"I had to infiltrate the music industry, I think, being a gay person and being a woman Ė I mean, I had to fight for that right in a way."
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Roshan Ahuja

As Interviewed by Ojas Ahuja
"Even though there are different languages in India, different religions, we are one."
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As Interviewed by Gustavo Jaramillo
"There really is no reason for so much violence and discrimination."
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Paul B.

As Interviewed by Isaac M.
"I felt there was something wrong with it [the racist society] although you know you're living in that society and you grow up with just being with all the White people, so in some cases when you're very young you donít think about it a lot."
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Aly Winningham

As Interviewed by Ori Green
"I had to fight a lot of that growing up, and I had my share of confrontations and assaults. Iíve seen it all, and now Iím in my mid 40s. Iím a little bit more laid-back and choose to take a more passive approach, like voting or being the person that I want to be."
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Geneva N.

As Interviewed by Jacob N.
"Since I couldnít run that fast my brother, Gus would stay behind with me, even though he knew that we were both going to get beat up. He didnít want to leave me by myself, and I will always remember and appreciate that."
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As Interviewed by E.N.
"Johnson OíMalley is a name that came from the Johnson OíMalley Act. It was designed to create federal aid systems for Native American tribes who experienced problems associated with poverty and dominant culture pressures dealing with having their tribal lands taken from them and being moved to reservations as part of the expansion of our population."
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Meg Barnhouse

As Interviewed by Bridget Lewis
"People donít feel like theyíre hating when they say you shouldnít be gay. I know they feel like theyíre trying to be concerned for the personís soul. And they use the Bible [to prove this], which has a lot of anti-gay stuff, but there are words that they translate as homosexual that shouldnít be translated that way... That is the problem with a lot of the passages in the Bible about homosexuality, that they use words and concepts that donít fit homosexuality today."
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Deanna Hoisington

As Interviewed by Anna Poterek
"The girls were supposed to do work like ironing, taking care of the younger children and babies, cleaning and cooking, doing dishes."
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Harry W.

As Interviewed by William W.
"I used to go to Hebrew school and on the way home from Hebrew school, there was always kids and small gangs and groups that would taunt us and try to lure us into fighting with them."
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Neel Mehta

As Interviewed by Pranathi B.
"You could see you were treated a little different... [Indians] were always looked as inferior to the whites. We had to work quite hard to prove ourselves."
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Morgan Caruthers

As Interviewed by Ella Carlander
"I genuinely believe that they will forever be impacted and hopefully impact the world through this experience. "
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Frank Estrada

As interviewed by Eleanor E.
"Nobody wanted to go to Vietnam, because they knew that if they went, they wouldnít come back."
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Beth Hartman

As Interviewed by Maddy Havranek
"Weíre laughing, and if you canít laugh about some of the crazy stuff that happens in our house, what can you laugh about?"
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Jeff Andrews

As Interviewed by B.K.
"I think that there are plenty of people who would look down on or more often feel threatened because they don't understand homosexuality because they have never been exposed to it."
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Gherghina Buican

As interviewed by Gloria M.
"The communist regime was one of the most cruel periods that a human being could endure. There was no right to express your feelings, to talk freely, or to be able to make your own decisions. There was no freedom, everything was abolished"
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Ruth Mewhinney

As Interviewed by Ruth Mewhinney
"I was reared with three boys, and I thought it was wrong to be a sissy and do some of the things girls were expected to do."
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Joe Ploeger, Tim Rarus, and Dr. Patti Singleton

As Interviewed by Jacob P.
"DPN was our chant."
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Khurshid Anwar Arfi

As Interviewed by Ezan Arfi
"Now we know those who used to discriminate [against] us Ė they realized it is not good and every human is equal. They realized that social segregation is not the way to go, so the segregation has almost gone."
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Mary Gatlin Hearon

As interviewed by Cade Foster
"If you canít read, you canít succeed."
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Frances E. Monteverde

As Interviewed by Michael Johnson
"Actually, we didnít question too much; we just assumed that that was the way things were."
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As Interviewed by Jack K.
"In the years leading up to the revolution, I knew that we had some relatives that had worked against the Shah. And several of them had been imprisoned. One of them was actually executed by the Shahís government."
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Gonzalo Garza

As Interviewed by Hunter Kordes
"I don't think God wanted me to be a cotton picker all my life..."
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Bobby Lo

As interviewed by Jonathon L.
"When they [the communists] came they promised all the people one bowl of rice, I mean instead of only getting one bowl of rice they will get three bowls of rice. So naturally the poor people that are hungry, they donít even know what communism is. All they know is that they get three bowls of rice instead of one bowl, so they became communists."
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Lora Netherland

As Interviewed by Joanna M.
"Years ago, the students that are in my classroom would really be in institutions. Weíve come a long way."
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Father David Eckley

As Interviewed by Leni Milliken
"...you have an opportunity for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I held that very, very Ė and still do even to this day as a priest; I reinterpret it theologically, but I think even then, I would interpret with a sense that that was a right that all of us, regardless of color, or regardless of economic status, regardless of whether we were immigrants or not, we had this right."
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Ms. Barbara Walls

As Interviewed by Colin Pope
"It wasnít until I got older that I realized that segregation was probably not a good thing, that there needed to be a change."
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Joseph Moore

As Interviewed by Jane Walters
"I think the most important lesson I learned in life is you just never know whatís going to happen and that can be terrifying and it can be really exciting. I think the challenge in life is to just remain open to the possibilities that the universe puts in front of you. But you just donít know. We think we know, and we plan, and we should plan, but we need to plan with a loose hold on our plan."
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Margaret Prewitt Redden

As Interview by Jack Switzer
"I don't remember race being discussed around our ears, but I'm sure my parents talked about it. Adults never really talk about the really interesting stuff with kids around."
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Raymond H.

As Interviewed by Michael T.
"I lost everything. I didn't have anything when I came to Austin, and I'm talking about Ė I had a backpack when I got to Austin."
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Chris Pak

As Interviewed by Kanoa K.
"When I was in first grade, there was this girl that came from a very rich family, the richest girl in school, and made fun of me. I had a fight with her because she was teasing me, and I got kind of upset. The teacher told me to say sorry to her, and I didnít."
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Don L. Davis

As Interviewed by Audrey Davis
"Our contention was simply that it was a medical problem. He was not a criminal, he was an alcoholic. He was addicted, and that was a medical condition that should be handled in the medical arena and not the criminal arena. "
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Diana Lerner

As Interviewed by Maris Alford
"I am not a native speaker, my Spanish is never perfect, but people are so appreciative of your effort to speak their language, it has never been a problem for me, working in Austin or in Rochester."
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Tina Carroll

As Interviewed by Kalyani A.
"He said, ĎGo ahead and go tell somebody. They canít do anything to me because Iím retiring this semester.í"
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Elaine S. Holton

As Interviewed by Sara B.
"I think from a business point of view, there are a lot of African-Americans moving to Austin who are wanting to start businesses. There are just a lot more professionals, young professionals specifically, coming into Austin. I feel thatís where weíre starting to grow as a city, and as a culture, and as a race."
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Steve Coyle

As Interviewed by Mia Crockett
"I believe it was 1963 when someone went up to the Supreme Court and argued schools were just as segregated in the North as schools in the South. This was not officially recognized, and no one did anything about it."
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Chelvi K.

Devang Deepak
"The pride that she and her family felt and expressed is something that I can still see in my eyes today."
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Amnon Orent, Ph.D.

As Interviewed by Gabriela Fagelman
"At the same moment my parents came in, rushing in to grab me away from the window. But the thing that I was watching was the synagogue next door burning down."
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Donald F.

As Interviewed by Jack F.
"She was one of the best people I've ever met."
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Gabriela Vasquez

As Interviewed by Diego Landry
"The police stopped him, and they... noticed his student ID. And as soon as they saw it, they began beating him."
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Elaine W.

As Interviewed by Jack Roberts
"we can't understand other people who have grown up differently. Even though, eventually, we will have to grow up to be one country Ė one world actually."
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L.R. Mahmood

Shazil A.
"Racism is a social evil, which is based on discrimination, coming out from color, race, and this type of other distinctive features."
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Robert Notzon

As Interviewed by Ulan N.
"Iíll never know what itís like to actually live in their shoes, but given that I've done this for 16 years I'm pretty good at understanding and having heard what happened what it makes them feel like and how discrimination has occurred and how its hidden and how its lied about."
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Jongmin Cho

As interviewed by Caitlin Cho
"When the Japanese occupied Korea, it affected my life and others greatly. Everyoneís life changed dramatically."
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As interviewed by Roxy Smith
"I think sexuality and sexual orientationÖ it can be fluid, you know? It's a process of one's own self-discovery."
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Barry Hodson

As Interviewed by Aaron Pierron
"In Europe, there was still a line of defenses left over from WWII, so there was a huge military presence there. We were always prepared for attacks from Russia, if they tried to overrun Europe, although we were more of a deterrent than anything else."
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Chester Watson

Destin Watson
"One of the things the Japs would throw up in our face is that youíre over here fighting, and trying to kill me, when back there you canít ride on the same bus; but you didnít worry about that. To you, that was the way of life, because thatís what was."
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Yanyu Liu

As Interviewed by Ricky Zhou
"People that didnít live in rural areas thought those who did were very poor."
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Ismael Hernandez

As Interviewed by Erick Medina
"The man threatened us with a gun Ė we would have to work for him, or he will kill us."
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Ben Guo

As Interviewed by Allison Lee
"That time, high school graduates had to go work in the countryside and werenít allowed to attend college."
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Doyle Wagner

As Interviewed by W.Y.
"Fans, they get on everybody, they call you all kinds of names regardless of who you are. But they did pick on, or some of them, you know, some racist type people, would pick on them, thatís for sure. But everybody got called all kinds of names."
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Ethel Brewster-Ponson

As Interviewed by Christian B
"I found out that they were just more curious about me than I was about them. They wanted to know, ďOh! Your skin! The color doesnít come off!Ē I was shocked to hear someone say that. I was washing my face, I was in the bathroom, and everybody had sinks lined up against the wall, and they watched."
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Cynthia Sanders

As Interviewed by Ayden Gonzalez
"There was so much discrimination. Back then you were discriminated against if you were a girl. You were discriminated against if you wore a beard. You were discriminated against if you werr Hispanic; if you were, okay, if you were black Ė there was discrimination everywhere. That's why there was so much unrest back then."
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Jim D. Hatcher

As interviewed by Dylan H.
"Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night yelling in my sleep Ė it is mostly about the war. I have seen a lot of things that have happened that I really wish I hadnít seen. "
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John Gonzales

As Interviewed by Brayan D.
"I thought it was a real American tragedy. He was a man Ė not a perfect man, but he was a man that was trying to do what was best for him and his people."
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Phillip Farrington

As Interviewed by David Woolley
"Well I think that there has been a steady precession of improvement in the circumstances for the black community, so that people; blacks, can now attend almost any school that they choose and can qualify for. They can serve for all kinds of positions including elective office, a very significant professional position including doctors or lawyers, and officers in big companies."
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Pastor Lynnae Sorenson

As Interviewed by Dylan Cox
"Well, I think everywhere you go youíre going to run into these problems at different degrees, different understanding of those degrees, but I think it all does come down to, on one hand, ignorance and desire for power over other people and on the other hand, education and shared power... "
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Rita Lin

As Interviewed by Angela L.
"I remember that when I was growing up in school or even at home, politics had been a taboo. People tried not to talk about politics or policy because that means anybody who expressed their unhappiness towards the government we would be in trouble."
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Gene Stone

As Interviewed by Hayden Stone
"She said, of all the things that happened to her in her life, being a little girl in the forest, the noises frightened her more than anything, then or since."
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As Interviewed by Margaret Praderas
"In Iran, we were on ourway to becoming a stable country, but after the Iranian Revolution, things started to go backwards."
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Thomas H.

As interviewed by Zachary H.
"The day that I was captured, we seen the Germans crossing the river, the Rhine river. I was in a big French pill box, and we asked for artillery help, but we never got any. We stayed there for a couple days, firing back and forth. Finally, the Germans used flame throwers, and they burned us out. We had no choice, either surrender or burn up, so we decided to surrender."
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Jim Green

"People were very poor back during that period time, and a lot of them worked in agricultural jobs raising cotton and corn and things like that. And the parents would often times pull their children out of school so that they could work and earn money."
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Montserrat Garibay

As Interviewed by Daniel S.
"About eight years ago, my sister and I started an organization for undocumented students and for people who wanted to support the Dream Act here in the University of Texas."
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Guadalupe Romero

Aileen B.
"There was no opportunity for me to continue with my education."
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Ganeshan Vridhagiri

As Interviewed by Akshara Anand
"People who have got the chance through the Quota System will not do anything for their own people and try to seek their identity with the upper castes."
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Larry Riegle

As Interviewed by Daniel Crumb
"Our mission of the company was to conduct investigations and interviews of American citizens living in Germany"
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Karen Gatica

As Interviewed by Ana Gatica
"Eventually, the teacher broke. She started crying, saying she was from California, where she was raised to look down on Hispanics, and then apologized profusely."
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Karen Gadbois

As Interviewed by Bryan Sak
"Our efforts were very successful. I mean, there were specific instances when people told us they had stopped demolitions because of the blog. There were also instances when different people who worked at the city would go and read the blog and advocate for these houses to be torn down."
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Dean Ortega

As Interviewed by Luke Brown
"It wasn't so much the color of our skin although we are brown and it was always pointed out to me as a child."
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Charlotte Flynn

As Interviewed by Moonbeam Glasse
"One of the things that Maggie said is that it took the wisdom of the old and the energy of the young to make social action happen. "
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Ramu Natrajan

As Interviewed By A. G.
"In India, the philosophy as such tells you thatÖ why the Brahmins are in the heads, the Kshatriyas in the arms and legs, and then the vaishyas in your heart and in your tummy, and the shudras in your feet and legs."
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Chris C. Jones

As Interviewed by Spencer Szilagyi-Jones
"You never really have this always ready to fight attitude at home."
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Elizabeth Yeats

As Interviewed by Graham S.
"I distinctly remember sitting there saying ďWhat? Why canít we take Sandra?Ē And my mother told me why black people couldnít sit with white people."
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Fernando Saralegui

As Interviewed by Mateo Saralegui
"Batista was a pretty corrupt politician. Batista was the dictator of Cuba before the revolution, and my father and many of his colleagues knew that he wasnít the future of Cuba."
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Leticia Mclelland

As Interviewed by Sten Evans
"Because school was so horrible for me, I was so humiliated and it was just so hard. And what I know now is it doesnít have to be that way for other kids."
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Eva F.

As Interviewed by Maria S.
"They closed the congress, eliminated the elections, took over the power, put people in jail, tortured, and killed..."
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F. Ortiz

As Interviewed by C.B.
"That man slammed the door on his own daughter and said he would never want to meet or associate with a Mexican."
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Thorne Dreyer

As Interviewed by Rose van Overbeek
"Democracy isnít something that just happens in elections. We have to make democracy happen every day of our lives."
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As interviewed by G.O.
"Itís less that youíre discriminated against there, but you sort of consciously act differently."
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William P. Gardener

As Interviewed by Piper Neulander
"In my head I somehow started connecting that being gay was kind of like being black."
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James E. Smith

As Interviewed by Ryan Barner
"I didnít feel segregated against Ė I felt that I got to deal with the people that I liked and knew."
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As Interviewed by Alex Kachkine
"There was a joke Ė society was compared to a dog; the dogís leash was let out far, and it could bark all it wanted. Thatís all."
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Joe S.

As interviewed by Aly C.
"But thatís what kept me there, because they treated me as I would treat anyone. You know, it wasn't just because I was a Mexican and they were all Anglo."
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