Caring Across Colorlines serves as a platform for people, especially white people, to explore and understand their racial identity through the stories of people who have woken up and work as racial justice activists. White people’s resistance to engaging in conversations about privilege and racism contributes to the pervasive racial inequality in America. White people must be willing to remain uncomfortable in striving for more just society.

This blog explores racial justice from the viewpoint of white and black people motivated to become activists. Profiles of Southerners show how they define their races and its privileges, or lack thereof, their stories of awakening to racial injustice, and their decision to become activists. The people featured are chosen because they have taken noticeable action to learn how racial discrimination operates, along with steps to break down the inlaid social barriers.

Michelle Alexander states in the last chapter of her book, The New Jim Crow: “It is the failure to care, really care across color lines, that lies at the core of this system of control and every racial caste system that has existed in the United States or any where else in the world.”