Our community saw the portraits taken by award-winning photographer John Noltner in the wake of the George Floyd murder.  In this exhibit, Noltner posed the question, What Do You Want to Say? to the protesters. 

And now, our own community is responding.

They made their voices heard, will you?

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Andrea Rodriguez

June 27, 2021

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Everyone is the same. If you have more power it doesn’t make you better, it’s not an excuse to hurt others in any way. Love yourself. Love each other.

Jacobie Bell

May 20, 2021

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When you SEE me, you SEE black, But if you KNEW me you would know that I’m Black and Educated.

Precious Rogers

May 20, 2021

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“We must remember the past so we don't make the same mistake in the near future”

James Hall

May 20, 2021

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My mind has no color..So why not let that determine how far I go in life.

Neo Hill

February 21, 2021

It’s not a just POC problem, it’s a everyone problem, and once everyone realizes that, things will start to change.

CK and Shally Lau

January 18, 2021

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Before, we used to think (or be told) that we are not qualified to discuss or make a stand on racial prejudice as we are not black. After visiting the exhibit, we can’t agree more on their thoughts. It is not a single race issue anymore, it is a human race issue. If we want to have a day when we are not judged by our color, we need to think beyond ourselves. Learning from each other differences only to eliminate prejudice but we must focus on similarities and not differences which will only divide us further. After all, we are one human race. Let’s stand for what is right starting today! We are all connected.

Max Willie

December 28, 2020

We can’t afford to say and do nothing. We must have the courage that is required to do the right thing simply because it is the right thing.

Joyce Lyon

December 16, 2020

I am grateful for the humanity of the Center’s mission statement, your courage and specifically, for the offering of John Noltner’s exhibition: Uprooting Prejudice: Faces of Change. Actions that help us to see ourselves in “the other” support us in the crucial and difficult work of establishing justice for all.

Joel C. Hunter

December 1, 2020

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I have just visited the exhibit. It was both moving and motivational. The exhibit was not about one person or race. In my understanding, it was not even about the destructive power of prejudice. It was a reminder of how much better we all (and our country) can become if we take responsibility to treat each other with respect, no matter what context of our interchanges. We can either add to the quality of others' lives or subtract from it. I was reminded to choose life when forming my words and actions. Thank you for this wonderful exhibit...I hope many will see it!

Tristen Spears

November 26, 2020

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Black Lives Matter. That this even has to be a movement today is shameful. That these 3 words are enough to illicit anger and contempt let alone counter arguments and protests, even legislation making vehicular homicide legal is astonishing.

My protest sign for the Women's March on Washington in 2017 was a Swastika with a red ban sign across it and two words: Never Again. This was before the Unite the Right rally in Virginia where they shamelessly chanted "Blood and Soil" and "Jews will not replace us". Before the horrific massacre in Pittsburgh. I'm not Jewish. I'm black. But my sign was not an indicator of some psychic ability. It's because I've always known that white supremacists target the Jewish community just as they target my own and others, and that activism against antisemitism is one of the most powerful ways to speak out against all bigotry.

There is a big difference between white people and white supremacists. In fact not all white supremacists are even white. As we look at the lessons from the ADL's Pyramid of Hate and think about healing divisions and unifying our nation I believe we need to continue to draw the line on discrimination more than ever. We need to ask ourselves where and when certain behaviors and comments cross a line. This is true of our personal relationships. This is true of our professional liasons. Democracy is fragile. Freedom and equality are worth the discomfort of openly standing against bigotry.

Ellen S. Jaffe

November 23, 2020

I am a Jewish woman born in the U.S. who has lived in Canada for about 40 years. My maternal great-grandparents and paternal grandparents came to the U.S. in the 1890s, so I do not have direct links to the Holocaust, but have always known "it could have been us." I have just read about this exhibit of John Noltner's photographs taken after the killing of George Floyd, and am sorry I cannot see it in person. I have also read the many hateful and disturbing comments about this exhibit, saying it is "disrespectful" of the Holocaust and its victims and survivors. I want to say that I absolutely disagree with this view, and applaud your decision to show these photographs, as a way of helping fight against racist views and behaviour. Prejudice and racial hatred is inhumane wherever, and to whomever, it occurs -- and to me, part of being Jewish is to live by this principle (witness the many Jews, among others, who worked -- and sometimes died -- during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s). Slavery and post-slavery racism and violence towards Blacks has long existed in the U.S., as well as prejudice toward Indigenous people and toward immigrants. As a writer/poet and teacher, I fully agree with Noltner's statement that he wants the people in the photographs to be seen and heard and know their stories matter. The fact that racist violence takes different forms (e.g. the Holocaust in Germany/Eastern Europe vs. the killing of Black people by police in the U.S.) is not as important as acknowledging that people anywhere can learn to see some of their fellow human-beings as "non-human" and thus disposable -- and that we can learn to change this situation by understanding and empathy and knowledge. Thank you and Shalom.

Howard Kichler

November 19, 2020

The words of the individuals whose pictures are shown are inspiring. Unfortunately in the world hate is taught in the home and on college campuses. When it isn't taught outright, it is tolerated when public figures express "Hate" and these public figures are not repudiated. An apology by these individuals in not an apology, but meaningless words like "If I offended someone I did not mean to".

Jeff L

November 5, 2020

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Those that experience privilege must do more. It's a critical time for our country. We must do better.

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