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Interviews 2019

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Alex Vazquez

As Interviewed by Karen Wolf
"I've actually met a teen mom who was going to a school: Premier, and she was about to graduate. And she had a job at Target, and she had plans."
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Hans W. Baade

As Interviewed by Alan Baade
"You could still see a good bit of bomb damage, but that was taken care of relatively quickly."
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Glen Maxey

As Interviewed by Elena Baldridge
"Some of these fights are continual, because people are humans and some people want to be superior to others. "
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Elaine Cohen

As Interviewed by Lena Birkholz
"If I am an artist, then I am an activist"
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Shannon Dennis and Sydney Minnerly

Isobel Buffum-Robbins
"I feel like I kept it hidden for may many many years because I didn't want to be bullied or picked on, I heard what people said in my small hometown in the 80-90s"
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Sarla Devi

As Interviewed by Arya Choudhary
"Forget about having a college, in fact, my village didn't even have a high school."
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Julia Schneider

As Interviewed by Cristian Cooper
"I feel treated pretty equally nowadays for sure. I forget sometime that it's even different. Society’s viewpoint on gay people really changed"
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Ezra .S

As Interviewed by Stav T.
"War is not a game"
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Carol Waguespack

As Interviewed by Lydia Benson
"Frankly, I do believe in discrimination, but only for personality. If you're a bad person, then you should be put away from the good people. If they were a nice person, why shouldn't I be allowed around them?"
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Nelly Blakely

As Interviewed by Kelly Blakely
"My parents were a big influence on my opinion of gender equality... they pushed me to finish college despite my gender. They knew I could do it and supported me the best they could... [Now] more women are becoming successful in jobs only men had... [Gender equality] would be a great thing to continue working towards."
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Ahmed Chibib

As Interviewed by Henry Chibib
"We used to take 10% of the olive oil as commission and that was basically our source of income."
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Betty Goodrich

As Interviewed by Jackson C.
"We've got to hold it together to be together and make this one world. It's just the way I feel about it. There's no sense trying to put someone else down, to build yourself up, or to make yourself look better or whatever. That's foolish to my notion."
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Kenneth M. Bates

As Interviewed by Elizabeth Armstrong
"As a child I was told that there was a difference between the races, between black people and white people. I accepted that as being just facts because I was a child, and children do what their parents and grandparents tell them to do. Things have changed over the years, and I understand a difference now."
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Brian Young

As Interviewed by Caden Cooper
"We were either really lucky or really stupid."
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G. Dell

As Interviewed by Will DiCarlo
"You don't choose what you give, you give what you have, and that's every day."
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Cynthia Dobbs

As Interviewed by Max Dobbs
"We went through South Africa, and it was so shocking, because you were in a first world city, and then you would turn a corner and suddenly in a third world city, with townships and slums."
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Denise Karczewski

As Interviewed by Cade Dulaney
"When a woman worked, the husband was viewed as inadequate. My mother worked weekends as a nurse. My dad had her leave by the back door of the house so that no one would see her in uniform and know that she worked."
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Floresa Williams

As Interviewed By Alexandria D
"The first time I recognized racial injustice was when Dr. King came to Chicago; he met at a church called St. Brendan’s Catholic Church...It was around the corner from my house, so I went."
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Jeannine Thomas

As Interviewed by Anna Thomas
"Some Nazis came and requisitioned our house. We had to go sleep in the basement, the same place we would go during bombings."
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Bernadette Phifer

As interviewed by Anne Franklin
"They had dogs there that were right on us. We were sprayed by the fire hoses... It burned when the fire hoses hit you."
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Michael Hall

As Interviewed by Charlie Franklin
"So there's a certain feeling like, you can actually make a difference. I don't know how much that actually happens, but that's one thing I think that drives a lot of my colleagues and myself."
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Adama Brown

As Interviewed by Caroline G.
"I didn't know if I would end up with my face the ground and a gun to my back."
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Michael E. Harris

As Interviewed by Alex F.
"Women were starting to show up in the military at that time. And they were showing up in key positions. And the male population that was totally used to being all-male had to learn to adjust."
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Defen Chen

As interviewed by Crystal Zhou
"When somebody mentioned the Japanese, people knew that they were invaders and that they took advantage of the Chinese people."
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Elizabeth Hendrix

As Interviewed by Lisa Hendrix
"I always felt like Red Cross work was at least, in part, volunteer because you were working with so many people in different circumstances."
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Peter Liu

As Interviewed by Emily Wang
"For some other countries, they can do that, but not for the Chinese people."
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Shelly Molina

As Interviewed by Valeria O.
"I think the good news is that we're reaching an age where you can see a lot of successful Russian adoptees and other international adoptees because they are now becoming adults. People are able to see that they are functioning adults. And the more they see that, the more the stigma goes away. "
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Martha Orr

As Interviewed by Kyle Read
"One of my jobs was to go into those slums and make sure the woman had enough food and the children were being fed."
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Craig Hella Johnson

As Interviewed by Ellis Harlan
"There was nothing in my world that said this was positive thing if you are actually gay. ... I went on a journey of years and years, of trying to change myself. And I would go to doctors, and I would pray. And I would meet all kinds of people that thought they had ways to help. I tried anything I could see so I could be different and be straight."
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Marie Powell

As interviewed by Ian Wetherold
"I like the story about Rosa Parks and I really like it because Rosa Parks was kind of stubborn and gutsy like I am."
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Rebecca Gurney

As Interviewed by Hannah Griesmer
"Feminism isn't just about women, it's about all people, and equality."
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Corinne Sumpter

As Interviewed by Morgan Simmons
"I realized I liked to be the person who stood up for someone."
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Ann Hart

As Interviewed by Emily Thompson
"What’s hard about it -- what is really hard for the parent -- is they don’t always get the help they need because it's not available and that makes them mad and discouraged and kind of angry. People get angry at the system because they have to push so hard."
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Dan Hurley

As Intervewed by Nathan Hurley
"One thing I quickly realized, was that the Air Force was by far the best service to be in when it came to taking care of families."
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Danny Henderson

Interviewed by Eleanor Hemenway
"For someone who had served in Vietnam and faced all kinds of dangers, this was something that I had never experienced, and it was terrifying. ... I don't know where I am sleeping tonight, but I know this won't last because I'm not lazy."
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Yasmeen Tizani

as interviewed by Laila Tousson
"It's kind of offensive when people are surprised that you're just normal."
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Maria Elena Dominguez

As Interviewed by Cristal Martinez
"...I decided to attend just to learn more about it because, she was undocumented and she was going to college and I wanted to do the same!"
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Ricky Green

As Interviewed by Luke Sylliaasen
"Satisfactory, that is an interesting term."
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Corey Wiggins

As Interviewed by Noel E.
"If I could go back in history, I would be more vocal and not just standby, watching my fellow friends be discriminated based on the color of their skin."
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Yumiko A. Taleff

As Interviewed by E.T.
"His teachers thought he could do it, but he couldn’t take the test, so that means he couldn’t go there."
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Atiq and Amina Khan

As Interviewed By Zayd Vlach
"Sometimes Saba would get down from the bus and she would be crying.... She was the only brown child in that school ."
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David Greene

As Interviewed by Luka Verheul
"There is arguably as much to learn about nature that could take place in that alleyway than in a designated wilderness area."
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Bernard Manirakiza

As interviewed by Abigail Goff
"Coming from a third world country, we think of America as a rich country. We think everybody is rich and fancy. We think about all the tall skyscrapers. I went to school in small town called Abilene in west Texas. I was shocked! I couldn't believe that this was America. I thought they lied to me, this is not America."
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Kathy Ortiz

As Interviewed by Ian Poe
"When I grew up, I thought there were only three kinds of jobs you could have if you were a woman: a nurse, a secretary, or a teacher. I couldn't even conceptualize anything else."
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Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant

As Interviewed by Eli Kuhn
"If you try to reach out with as much love and understanding as you possibly can to other people, they'll probably reach back with love and understanding towards you."
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Eric H.

As Interviewed by Eden H.
"I was an officer, when I left I was sonar, torpedo, and Fire Control division officer -- so I was responsible for all the men who made sonar equipment work, and track things outside of the submarine as well as the torpedo men who were responsible for maintaining and being ready to operate the torpedo systems."
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Silas Munro

As interviewed by L.T.
"Equality is a tricky thing to define. Extensively it means that all people are treated equally and fairly. For people to be equal and for people to have equality, there is a lot of work that we as a society have to do."
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Charles Bluntzer

As Interviewed by Tanner Hawkins
"It's hard to know if VCAM helps them out of poverty because you see some of the same people come back for food month after month."
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Salai Tun Than

As Interviewed by Yati P.
"If I told you my whole story it would take years!"
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Guy Perkins

As Interviewed by Luke Perkins
"I think anyone who goes into the military has a mindset. Going forward. The importance of the military. What that stands for. Experiencing that for myself did in fact change my view on war. War is sometimes absolutely necessary, but we need to do everything we can to prevent it."
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Wilfredo Lopez

As Interviewed by Ian H.
"We just never thought seriously about it."
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Wendy Byrd

As Interviewed by Andrew Seiler
"Most people think that dyslexia means that you reverse your letters. But that's actually not accurate at all. Dyslexia is an auditory processing disorder, which means that kids struggle with putting sounds to letters. It's hard for them to connect a letter to a sound and then blend that sound."
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Hillary Procknow

As Interviewed by Helena L.
"There is a racist history about how public education in the South developed, and how the South fought to have control over what was taught in their schools -- and even though they lost the Civil War, they fought to control what kind of education would happen in their schools"
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Archer Hadley

As Interviewed by Benjamin W.
"There are people out there that are loving and want to help you succeed, so do your best to find them."
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As Interviewed by S.K.
"They would make discouraging remarks about my age. That I was too old to know this or know that. I think that’s not right because I didn’t tell them they were too young to not know something either, which would have applied. I think basically it says something about them and not about who they’re making the discouraging remarks to. I just wish it wasn’t here. I think there should be more understanding on both parts."
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Blossom Steingraph

As Interviewed by Hayden P.
"My father was conscious of doing good and being kind to people in the sense that if he did something wrong, then it will reflect on the Jewish people."
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Jerry Conn

As interviewed by Gracie McDaniel
"The plan was to make sure that everybody knew he was black, to show his picture in all the television commercial and newspaper ads... And there never was any ‘We don't need any black people on the city council’ or that sort of thing. He was just well-received."
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Fred Lewis

As Interviewed by C.L.
"You hear these people talk about what’s great about America. America is a great country, it's exceptional, blah blah blah. We're an exceptional country in education, because we were the first universal public education. But we forgot that. We forgot what made us great."
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Christina Kim

As Interviewed by Grace Kim
"Everybody thought that it was unfair to have little classes only because somebody is a female, but it was hard to take actions against unfair class assignment. The only thing we can do was to do our best in teaching and gain good reviews or reputations from the students."
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Tarale Murry

Ikey Kohler
"I tell people faith in family. I felt like my faith was to stay for my family."
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Jean I. Dordek

As Interviewed by William Taylor-Burton
"Social justice was very important to The Farm because they had a lot of fingers in a lot of pies. For example, some people had just participated in a Native American March on the East Coast for the rights of Native Americans. We also had the general idea that if we could figure out how to live reasonably and sanely without using more than our share of the world’s resources we could create a community that would set a really good role model."
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Jung An

As Interviewed by Emily W
"They didn't say where you come from? What year? What age? They didn't ask me like that. They just looked at me up and down."
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Velia Urrutia

As Interviewed by J.R.U.
"When I went out to recess, my friend and I we were talking Spanish. And one of the teachers said “Hey y’all quit talkin that s---. If you want to talk that you go back to Mexico!” You know, my father was American-Indian, Mm mother was from Spain. I was born and raised third generation. And I remember one time another teacher says, “I wish I could chew you up and spit you out.” But this is not unusual because we all suffered that type of racism."
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Yamanda Wright

As Interviewed by Paul Schulze
"We (Texas Appleseed) are an organization that's focused on problems that affect underserved populations, and by that I mean low-income neighborhoods and low-income people, in many cases people of color who are facing racial discrimination, also children who often need more protection, and people who are eligible for special education services or people with disabilities. We look at problems that really affect those people unfairly, and we look for systemic solutions. By that I mean these large, far reaching solutions that affect a lot of people, like changing laws and changing policies, and changing the way the government works with those people."
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Michele Orera Saquing

As Interviewed by Isabelle S.
"Life in America is a lot better now than I had before. Working hard here in the U.S. would get you somewhere and we now live a comfortable life. And we're glad that we migrated here. We took a chance to the job offer and now we're a lot better off than if we had stayed in our country."
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Leigh Gath

As Interviewed by Sophia Heinzen
"When I lived in Texas I actually got arrested when I protested outside the Governor's mansion when George Bush was Governor."
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Dion Drew

As Interviewed by Zoe Walgren
"I was living in the projects from when I was one to thirteen, so I seen everything in the eighties. It was a lot of drug-selling, a lot of drug use."
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Aniko Paul

As Interviewed by Christopher Kellar
"My sister and I tried to escape the first night with a group of people, and we had to walk in December in very cold and snowy weather, and the rest of our group was caught by the Russian tanks. And my sister and I fortunately escaped by hiding in a ditch. We spent the night in the ditch, and the next night we tried again and didn’t succeed, but the third night we actually succeeded. We never found out what happened to the other people who were caught."
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Barbara Wilson

As Interviewed by Luke Lozano
"I do remember the chief of police in Birmingham. His name was Bull, and I can't remember his last name [Connor], but that was enough to make you sit up and take notice. And I remember on the television the way he was using his fire hoses to blast people down. Doesn't make any difference whether they were black, white, old, young, or what -- I thought this was just about the worst thing I'd ever seen."
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Annabelle Trabanino

As Interviewed by Javi K.
"We believed in our cause."
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Barbara Hines

As Interviewed by S.S.
"So you'll hear people say: 'Well, why don't they just get in line?' There's no line for these people to get in to."
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Rudolph Pierce

As interviewed by N.O
"A larger issue is public school education is not very good especially in cities where there is a large minority populations. So, there is a segregation problem and there is an education problem and solving the segregation problem does not necessarily solve the education problem. "
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William Edwin Harris Jr.

As Interviewed by Adrian Haley
"Urban warfare is very, very hard because they don't have the t-shirt saying, ‘Hey I'm Taliban’ or ‘Hey I’m ISIS.’ They don't. They blend in."
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Judy Edwards

As Interviewed by Sarah Weisbrodt
"In North Carolina they had KKK billboards on the highways. I was shocked to see that. Something like that was so common that it was appropriate to advertise it."
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Monica Asencio

As Interviewed by Carlo Maples
"Ninety percent of what these clinics provide is preventative care, family planning and education. That means life-saving cancer screenings and the reduction of unplanned pregnancies which means a decrease in the need for abortion. The testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases is also crucial to the public safety of our communities."
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Tom Tower

As Interviewed by Henry Rodgers
"I went to Vietnam in 1968. It was the January, February timeframe... and that's when we got overrun. There in Tan Son Nhut, we didn't even have weapons."
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Manuel L.

As Interviewed by Diogo L.
"I had many friends that were treated differently because of their race, I was discriminated as well, it didn't make me feel good but you tried to make the best of the situation."
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Mr. Bernald

As Interviewed by M.O.
"There is always something to live for even when you think there isn't."
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Irma Alicia Velasquez

As Interviewed by Isabela Garcia
"I support the indigenous struggles and the struggle of indigenous women... The discrimination is still everyday in Guatemala right now."
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Dr. Sharon Michelle

Aubrie Edmond
"My mother had signed me up for an after school program. I didn’t like going to the after school program because I felt mistreated there, so I would just walk home. No one ever told her that I wasn’t going. I would walk home and just hang out around the house. I didn’t have the keys so I never went inside. I would go to the park by myself, and I always know what time it was so I’d be back in front of the school by the time my mom came to pick me up. She thought I was walking out of the school to meet her. "
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Stacy Stagliano

As Interviewed by Ian McKenna
"I think we need to get away from why people are hungry and focus on how we can help them."
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Bill Zint

As Interviewed by Natasha Zint
"These are local people in the truck, and they stopped so the people chasing after him would get him. He got brutally beaten. I don't think he died, but it made front page in the newspaper and he just thought, ‘How bad can this be, that somebody won’t even help someone else?’"
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Patsy: In her own words

As Interviewed by Katie H
"World War Two broke out. All the blacks left Austin. I mean the jobs that they had were housekeeping, and that was about it. They all went north to Detroit to make a lot of money."
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Steve Gold

As interviewed by Isaiah Hernandez-Gold
"We took it to court and we won -- and that visibly changed the country. Every curbside you see in the country was because of that act. Every single circuit followed our decision, but that wasn’t the most memorable one."
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Gary Lavergne

As Interviewed by Ella Jarnigan
"The challenge of my job is to try to make sure that we offer an admissions to an individual that we're setting them up for success, not failure. We want diversity for all types, geographic diversity and rural kids. You cannot claim to be an educated person in the state of Texas if you don't have a working understanding or relationship with Hispanic culture, or Black culture, or Asian culture."
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Don Fariss

As Interviewed by Sean Manners
"If I would say anything, it’s that the modern psychiatric hospital -- their purpose has changed. It’s to get the individual back into society as quickly as possible."
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David B. Frank

As Interviewed by Ziggy Shin-Peterson
"There is racism in our country and that permeates through the court system. I don't believe that the courts are intending to discriminate against racial minorities, but I believe that racial minorities that have to stay in jail longer might not be able to afford resources that help them in their defense."
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Cherie B. Mathews

As Interviewed by Victor Yao
"'Why can't golf be for all kids?'... Look at what basketball, volleyball, and soccer has done for kids.""
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As Interviewed by Asahi Jige
"It was a very rough time in my life. Blood, bombs, and weapons flying all around the country, Japan. People starving to death and dying because of the war. It was a very hard time in my life."
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Norma Sierra

As Interviewed by Anthony Perez
"I was also proud because my children are going to be born here, in America."
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Melissa Kooyer

As Interviewed by S.A.
"I think that she was passed over because there is a difficulty with her expressing herself in English."
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Kensei Hayashi

As Interviewed by Kai Pang-Whitsett
"We couldn’t tell anyone that we were Chinese because otherwise something bad would happen. [We never acted against this segregation] because we weren’t Japanese, we were the visitor."
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Shannon Spilky

As Interviewed by Leo Bowman
"Things happen and I accept them and move on."
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Judge Amy Meachum

As Interviewed by Jackson Choyce
"You've got a lot of wealthy, educated people who may not relate, or understand, people who have struggle..."
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James Fitzpatrick

Jessie Buchanan
"And the thing was is that they could shoot over the wall at you, but you couldn't shoot back to them because you know, you were a guest in their country."
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