Gwen – March on Washington: 50th Anniversary, DC

I’m working on a project based on the premise that the worst four-letter word in the English language is THEM.

Yeah, I hate that word. Who is THEM, really?

Now it becomes complicated because sometimes people on the other side of what you believe become THEMs, too.

Yeah, they’re passionate about their cause also. But I don’t like to label THEM because it’s very easy to become THEM. All it is is the way you think, [so if there is] a situation that touches you personally then you flip the script. So you have to be very very cautious about [seeing people as THEM].

Do you ever feel like a THEM or think when people are looking at you or talking to you that they’re casting you as a THEM, whatever that might be?

I try not to let myself feel that way. I have too much—— I don’t care. I never do, because when you come at me, when you talk to me you can’t, let’s say come with foolishness. You understand, I don’t entertain foolishness. If that’s where you’re coming from then, ‘Oh, got to go.’

Desiree – March on Washington: 50th Anniversary, DC

You know even though everybody can feel comfortable with their views of people, when we all get together [we see that] we’re all still alike. You know what I’m saying? Like we can all laugh and joke and even though I may normally just only talk with black folks, but when we all get together, we’re all still just people. That’s the hard part, you’ve got to find a common ground and something that we all agree on and we all feel good about.

So what would be like a good thing that you could think of that could like—

Help bring people together? I think food and music does. Food and music brings people together. At work, I can say that when we have like potlucks and people come out, and music—- I think food and music, you’ve just got to find more things that bring people together than keep them apart. I think that’s the catch.

Cynthia and Marie – March on Washington: 50th Anniversary, DC

Do you feel like there’s still prejudice and stereotyping going on?

Yeah, definitely.

And what would you want to say to people who are prejudiced and look at you and see whatever you feel like you’re stereotyped as?

I would like to say they need to get to know people, their background and how they live, things like that. That way they get to know them better.

You would like to be treated fairly for who you are, not for the color of your skin.