Does race still matter?

In this collection of articles, Twin Cities teens describe how race affects them.

Minnesota's population in 2010, by age and race

From a state largely settled by white immigrants from Europe, Minnesota has become a place with large populations of people from other continents, cultures, races and religions.

The younger the population, the more diverse it is. Seventeen of every 100 Minnesotans are non-white. But in K-12 schools, one in four students is African American, Hispanic, Asian or Native American. And in school districts like Minneapolis, nearly 68 percent of students belong to one of these groups.

With so much diversity in schools and so much change in society, does race still matter? How much does skin color and accent, the shape of our eyes and the texture of our hair affect how people see us?

ThreeSixty Journalism writers tackled that question from different angles. After you read them, tell us what you think: Does Race Still Matter?

Send your responses to We’ll publish a selection of comments in our fall magazine.
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Can’t you take a joke?

Recognizing racism in the jokes we tell and assumptions we make.

Searching for roots

Cut off from his Mexican ancestry, a teen wants to know more.

Illustration of a person named "opportunity" seeking only the Caucasian.

Knowing who I am

When friends assumed she was Caucasian, Sinthia thought hard about what it means to be Latina.

Seeing Race Across the Border

When Canadians say that they don’t see race, a black American disagrees.

Race doesn't determine my destiny

Imagine this: You’re a six-year-old, first-generation American whose parents originally came from Liberia, a country in West Africa. Your mother, a fashionista of sorts, attends most of the local Liberian get-togethers. Lucky for you, there’s a Liberian social event that your mom has decided to take you to. You can’t wait for the delicious foods, good music and dancing.

Things do not go as expected.