TESTIMONIES (a selection)
Thousands of people from every corner of the planet in homes, offices, schools, universities, slums, NGOs, send their comments, reactions, appreciations and critics to the Humanae Project. Please find in this page a selection of the most significant ones.
Message: Dear Angelica,
I am a nurse in a residential rehabilitation facility for teens in upstate New York, USA. We work with children from all walks of life who have suffered a great variety of life problems. Many have no good parental structure, mental illnes or other such issues. We would like to use your Humanea photographs just within the facility so that each child can pick a color matching their individual skin tone. They will name their color giving a name that is neutral; like a food or spice or earthly name. This will help them better understand and accept each of us as one race: Human. It will build personal confidence and social acceptance. I hope you will allow us to go ahead with this project as I admire so much the goal you wish to achieve. I would also like to share your personal story as you have told it on the Ted talk video.
Message: Dear Angelica,
Thank you so much for your project Humanae. I recall a moment when I was six years old and at school during arts an crafts, I couldn't decide whether to use more yellow or more orange in an attempt to create the colour of my skin. A classmate told me it was weird to use those colours. If I didn't have flesh colour I should use pink or white. I have always been creative and loved art and crafts, and being limited to two colours that didn't feel any more right than yellos or orange, didn't stop me. Growing up as an adolescent I remember looking at brown people and admired the many shades of bronze and chocolate etcetera their skin had. But I never dared to ask if I could paint them for this reason, because ironically "Can I paint a portrait of you for your skin has such a beautiful colour" sounds a bit racist. I have been frustrated about whatever it is that we should call flesh colour but reminds me more of fresh salmon - and, depending on the quality of the pencils, sometimes not so very fresh. Today I finally could look at my own skin colour with open eyes after viewing your TED talk. I have a vanilla peach colour.
I was going to say that I have been raised in a family that held KKK beliefs and abused and indoctrinated me and forced me to abuse other children based on their skin colour and or ethnicity. I revised it and left it out, and then realised that I was respecting the taboo and by doing so not sharing what I really wanted to say. Here's what I really wanted to say: Humanae is touching a deep chord in me and freeing my soul to be closer to who I was meant to be.
Message: Your work is my inspiration
I just watched your TED video and landed here. Your thought process and your work has indeed inspired me to continuously work towards creating a better world for humanity. I am from INDIA and people here have same problem and even some bigger challenge. It is a discrimination based on the cast and religion people belong. Our is same country where Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa born; but today these ill issues have become guiding force of Nation's future.
The work you are doing have indeed boosted my confidence to find out some solution for this and may share TED space with great noble heart person like YOU.
Thanks & Regards,
Message: Dear Angelica,
I have just watched and listened to your Ted talk, and tears coursed down my face as your eyes filled with tears.Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with the world. The world needs more such exposure to bring discrimination to an end. When I was a little girl growing up in Canada in the 1940's, my mother told me when I asked about the colour of the conductor on a train why he was black. She said, "look out the window and see the many colours of the animals and the flowers, God made them, including people, all different to make our world more colourful and beautiful". I have always seen people that way thanks to her.
My first thought when I first saw your photo wall was this: "finally proof that we were all originally black and have down through the centuries we have become varying shades of black and brown". As you would knew better than most, white is the absence of colour.
Thank you and long may you continue to share your talents with our world.
Gratitude and Praise for your talent
Message: Humanae/TED Talk Thank You
I just watched your TED Talk now and I cannot stop thinking about it. I am American, and the racial climate in my country makes me sick. If more people in my country could watch your talk, and have your mindset, the "Land of the Free" would truly be such. Your comment about you and your husband also struck a chord with me. My boyfriend is considerably darker skinned than myself, and other people immediately see us as "black and white" and even friends of mine will fixate on what color our kids would be, as if it matters in a major way!
I just wanted to thank you for your work, and your talk. I will do my best to share it as far and wide as I can. I believe that people like you can help spread a message of love above all of the hate in the world today. Thank you again.
Message: Hi Angelica,
I just watched your talk on TED and I felt compelled to tell you how much I love your project! Your talk was very touching to me. I have struggled for many years having dark skin. I am half Vietnamese & Persian and I was born in Tucson, Arizona. Growing up as the darkest kid in the family took some tolls on my self-confidence growing up. I would always hear comments from my mom's Vietnamese friends saying, " Oh that is your daughter? She's pretty, but she is a little dark." Vietnamese prefer skin that is light and can resemble snow. If you were dark, you were considered lower/working class.
As for my Persian side, well let's just say I wasn't considered "full" Persian b/c I was darker than most of them. I definitely had some Arab blood some where in my Persian bloodline. Like that was bad thing or something? Persianslike to think they are the "Arian" race. Now that I am an adult, I can finally appreciate my skin color and unique ethic background.
I appreciate you bringing this subject to life and sharing your personal life story. It sheds light on the rest of us who have experienced it as well. If you need another participant for this lovely project, I would love to be a part of it.
THANK YOU for doing such AMAZING work and sharing it with the rest of the world. I wish you all the best!
Message: Hi Angelica,
I came across your Ted talk today and I got to know of your work. I would love to be part of your project, and here's why?
I am an Indian with beige skin, mainly which i get from my dad. I also have a brother who is whiter side of beige, mainly which is like my mom. (both my parents are Indian). As a child, I was always teased by my brother for my skin tone. I am pretty sure he didn't knew what he was doing back then. But cherry on the cake was that most of our neighbors and relatives always preferred my brother over me. Once my aunt bought a brilliant maroon velvet suit for my brother and I was gifted a plain white dress and when I asked why I didn't get a velvet dress, she said it wont suit me. I think I was 4 years old back then. I have always felt about how my aunts would kiss my brother when they met and I was given plain hello.
I try to think a lot about the reason for Indian's fascination for whiter skin tone. Dont have any good answer. But I believe since Indians were also slave once upon a time, the white skin was a symbol of good and beautiful (which i guess is a phenomena very common across the world).
I am happily married now to a lovely husband. He says that he married me for my intellect and beauty. But to be honest, I do not think I am beautiful. There are so many things I hate in my body. And every day I am trying very hard to be able to just love myself. Feel confident about myself. Be happy about myself. Be proud about myself.
Message: Eradicating discrimination
I just watched your TED talk and I was incredibly moved, your project is beautiful and inspiring. I'm a final year student at the Univeristy of Queensland in Australia. My family is Thai but I was born in here. My partner is from Zimbabwe. Racial discrimination is a topic close to my heart and I share stories similar to yours, which is why I have chosen to create a project for indigenous children here in Australia as I feel they receive it the most and it is deeply scarring. Children are so precious yet strong, and they are the future of tomorrow so the change should begin there. I would love to be able to collaborate my project with you as I saw on your TED talk that you hadn't reached Australia quite yet (although I'm not sure of your progress). I would love to hear your thoughts.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Message: Thank you
I just watched your TED Talk. I had seen some of your work but did not know the extent of the project or even your name. I have stumbled across your hypnotizing images of color and beauty various times and admired the message, but I did not realize the power of your project until watching your talk. You are someone special. And you've made me further expose myself to the importance of love & acceptance.
Thank you for making life much more accepting & worth struggling to achieve equality for.
Message: Hey there,
I wanted to thank you so much for your beautiful work. I watched your TED talk and I was blow away by your brilliance and creativity. I am too from a family of many skin colors. My parents are white, my sisters are brown and black and I am multiracial. I totally connected with your story. I just wanted to say how much I appreciate it and you for creating this magnificent master-piece and sharing it with the world. Much love.
Message: Family pictures
I just saw your wonderful TED talk. I love your project and it really resonates with my own family. I am British Indian (olive brown skin with brown eyes) married to an English lady (pink skin blue eyes) and we have two boys: one with white skin and blue eyes who looks like me and the other more mixed who looks like my wife. People say we only make sense as a family when you see all four of us together.
We would love to have our photos taken as part of your project.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Message: Thank you
Hi Angelica, I had a similar idea when I was a child, but as I am not a photographer I never put it in practice. I just wanted to say thank you, as there are more and more of us people of mixed cultures, ethnicities or any other type of description, and your work reminds us the beauty of diversity and how we complete one another. Looking at your work is like looking at a field full of many different types of flowers, the most beautiful field that can exist. It is us, in all our humanity. So, once again, thank you, for being so beautifully human and for sharing it with us all, reminding us who we really are.
One love, sister.
Message: I am deeply moved by your TED talk.
In Aotearoa-New Zealand, like other nation states, we are struggling with acceptance of diversity. My husband's mother was adopted by a welfare worker in 1923, because Pat was too "white" to be accepted comfortably into a Maori community. This created a dislocation within my husband's family, who saw themselves as of Irish descent only. The divider was religion, and so the battle at the beginning of my marriage was being married to a Catholic, from a Presbyterian background labelled "Scottish" which was instead, Protestant Irish. Resistance came from my mother, not my parents in law, whose parents had both come from each side of the divide.
As a teacher of students who are studying IT, I absolutely identify with your mission to reach out to children, to make better sense of the landscape within their classroom. I will use your resource to stimulate discussion with my students about how to make IT an inclusive profession, and to embed a commitment that how we portray IT must also reflect diversity.
Do you ever plan to visit Aotearoa NZ? I notice that NZ and Australia feature in your background images. Perhaps you have already been here. If not, I am happy to support any ways that you may need to develop an itinerary and funding.
Cheers and best wishes.
Message: Hi Angelica,
I just watched your Ted Talk and I loved your speech and your project! I'm 50% Colombian, from a Colombia mother with light cinnamon skin, 25% Russian and 25% Austrian. My dad is a "lobster" tone, like your husband :)
I have red hair, in a kind of cooked carrot shade and my skin, I used to think was a whiter tone, until I had European boyfriends who told me I was tanned. For Latinos, I don't look Latina, for Europeans, I don't look European, and in China people kept asking from which part of Asia I was from. I currently live in Nice, France and I would love to be part of your project if the chance ever comes up.
I'm Maria and I am a social worker in Romania, Bucharest . And in our country is fighting against discrimination based on the color of people . I'm glad you made this project that show the world how we are different. I would love that one day not to tell anyone that we are white , red, black or yellow. simply not matter what color we are. I wish you all the best and increase in what you do!
Message: Intense and beautiful
Thank you for the power of your talk in the TED conference, I just saw it and made me cry. I hope the best in your work as a photographer and as a human being. Thank you again for such powerful idea.
Message: You have inspired me
Hi Angelica, I am a South African artist and psychologist. I watched your Ted talk today and was absolutely inspired. It brought tears to my eyes. My country has been torn apart many a time by racial conflict. Even to this day despite the changes we have made the desire to classify and divide seems so entrenched. As a psychologist, I work to heal these divides and as a artist I hope to reflect our shared humanity through my depictions of faces. Warm regards,
Message: your ted talk about humanae
You are a wonderful person. thank you for your work and for helping people to see themselves and others for who and not what they are. we are all individuals, and one at the same time.
Message: Belgrade Pride Week 2016
My name is Boban Stojanović, I am LGBT activist from Serbia and organizer of Belgrade Pride Parade.
I will be very honest. Namely, before several days I find (part) of your work Humanae in Thessaloniki in Greece. At the first sight it look like not so interesting, but after, when Iook deeper and read statement carefully, I completely fall in love in Humanae.
Immediately, I made research on internet, watch your TED talk several time (everytime with eyes full of tears, thank you!) and instantly come on idea to bring Humanae in Belgrade. Btw, we belong to same, TED family. Even I give speech for TEDx, we are part of same story.
Reason for having Humanae here is wide: just before twenty years (or even less), we had brutal wars based on hate and hate was built on artificial differences between people who lives together for a decades in the same country. Unfortunately, wars was not enough and people in my country just make copy/paste and after hate toward people with different national or religious identity, they start to hate people with different sexual orientation and gender identity or people who, simply, look different. It’s a sad story of country where I live.
In the begging of my activism I was dedicated to peace building, but also work on issue of racism, sexism and LGBT rights. How some questions become more mainstream I change focus of my work. In last 10 years I am fully dedicated to LGBT issue and organizing of Pride in Belgrade. Just as an illustration Pride was banned by State authorities for security reason three times in the row (2011, 12 and 2013). But, deep faith that Pride is possible result with successful Prides in 2014 and 2015. Me, but my friends from Pride also, was/were exposed to different kind of hate and violence, some of them even left Serbia but several of us decide to stay here and make change.
For my experience I’m sure that be a racist means to be a homophobe and to be a sexist means to be xenophobe. Base for all hate is – hate. The story of Humanae is story of possibility and openness. It is something what melt people’s hearts and provoke them to rethinking.
Let’s bring Humanae here! What I can do to make it possible?
Thanks for that.
Message: Ted Talk
Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment to bring to light the mirriod of colors throughout our culture and human experience. I am of Portuguese and Canadian decent so my skin color can range from Caucasian to a very dark brown with olive undertones.
As an artist I really can appreciate your use of the Pantone chart to illustrate how we are all connected in some way to the thousands of color variations there are.
The human condition is basically one giant mix of colors that is becoming more and more unified as we break down the rules that have long governed which colors we can mix together. And the more we mix the more unified a color we become. One day the human race will most likely be a general hue of unification. Your project is one giant step toward expanding the human condition and breaking the barriers color has had in the past. Celebrating that we are ALL unique and have our own special color to celebrate!
Cheers to you Angelica!
Message: high school Biology class
I just watched your TED talk and was very moved. Your work is so beautiful in so many ways.
I am a Biology teacher in a high school in New York City. We teach a unit on how race does not exist in science, but is a social construct. We start this unit by students looking at photos of people trying to work out if they can determine their race. They quickly realize that it is not as easy as they think it will be. I like the idea behind this activity (it comes from Race - the power of an illusion), but I feel it could be presented in a more powerful (and esthetic) way.
It would be really impactful to be able to sort the photos and see that people with the same color skin can look so different. This would help drive home the message that your color really is just a measure of how much and what type of melanin your body makes.
During our unit we then stress how humans are a very recent species, coming from a very small original population, and have not had much time to develop major differences, especially since we have always been migrating back and forth around the globe mixing genes as we go along. I myself am a mix that people find hard to place.
We teach that our differences are truly superficial, making us appear more different than we are, that genetically we are much less diverse than most species on earth. We teach that skin color is simply an adaptation to the amount of uv exposure the mix of your ancestors had. I'd love to put a presentation together to start the unit off that really challenges kids to rethink skin color.
Message: Mixing of Skin Colors Question
I love your project. I was very moved by your Ted talk. Thank you for doing what you are doing. I am a first grade teacher in Santa Barbara, California. Every year we start off the year with having the first graders draw self portraits. We hang them up all year in our classrooms. I have messaged my team (we have 5 first grade classes - 100 first graders) and we would love to take on this project at the beginning of our next school year. My question is, do you happen to have lesson plans for what you have done with children? I was wondering if you could recommend any good read aloud books or activities you have done or teachers have done to go along with the art so the young children (6-7 years old) understand and connect with what they are doing? Also, what type of paint do you recommend and how do you get the right skin tone color for each child? Thank you and keep up the inspiring work.
Message: Hi Angélica
I'm an argentinean married to a swede, living in Stockholm.
My 5 years old daughter came home yesterday complaining about one of her kindergarten teachers: "...because she is dark..." This morning I talked to the teachers about it, and about how we can help the children understand the great diversity of colors in the human skin, and thus its irrelevancy.
I would like to use Humanae in the kindergarten because I think it will be a great tool.
Thanks for your amazing work!
Name: Analia Costa
Message: Congrats from Montevideo, Uruguay
First of all, i'd like to say congratulations for this wonderful project. I'm a primary school teacher in Montevideo, and I would like to ask permission to use your puctures to work woth my six-graders, as discrimination has been a rising issue in my school. I would love to be portrayed too, but I don't really know how it works and if it's even possible.
I discovered your project through a Ted talk and it really amazed me. So congratulation again and again.
i am from germany and read about your project in the german newspaper "spiegel". please I want be part of this amazing project, because:
- my wish is the same (color is unimportant)
- I am married to a beautiful black lady
Looking foward to hear from you
Message: : Thanks for doing that talk on TED
I was really encouraged and inspired by your Ted Talk which I just finished watching. You are truly a beautiful person. Thank you
Hi Angélica, i'm Alice. I'm a simple italian girl who studies at university. Two days ago I saw your video on TED of your project, Humanae, and i fall in love of our idea. I'm writing to you because I will ask to myself how to be part of it? It is possible to be one of that face? And i Really want to tell you that Humanae is wonderful, i'm sure, it've already made the difference.
A Big smile.
Message: Humanae at -------- High School
My name is Larkin --------. I tech photography to High School students in Santa Cruz, CA. I showed your TED talk about Humanae to my students and they were very moved and inspired by it. . We look forward to the open a dialog and community that this project allows. We also want to increase awareness and honor you and your project. Please let me know what you think. Thank you for what you do. Your project is beautiful and simply showing your work to my students has opened up so much positive awareness. The students were delighted and proud as we were looking at the beautiful spectrum of color that our class reflected. Thank you.
Message: Hi Angelica!
I´m a student from the university of Stockholm in Sweden. I wonder if I can refer to one of your pictures in my bachelor thesis. The work is about how children can make their own valuation of the world by negotiating the mind with the pencils potential. Instead of simplifying the perception of reality in opposites and differences which can lead to expectations based on inequality and injustice, such as the effect of racism.
Message: using images in the classroom
Dear Ms. Dass,
I am a biologist working at the Exploratorium, a museum of science, art, and perception in San Francisco. My group, the Teacher Institute does professional development for teachers from California and around the world, and this summer I am teaching a workshop on the science of "race" and human diversity, for middle and high school teachers. I would love to use some of the images from the Humanae project in activities to help students think about the biological diversity of humans, and how the concept of "race" is not useful for describing or understanding this diversity.
Thank you for your time,
Message: Diversity in the classroom
Dear Ms. Angélica Dass,
I recently moved from NYC and am currently teaching at Sand Hill School in California. The school is primarily for students with a variety of learning disabilities. I am hoping to foster greater diversity in the classroom as a means to develop an understanding of differences and recognizing bias. We were intrigued and moved by your TED Talk. I was hoping to discuss further how best to incorporate The Humanae project in the classroom.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Message: Love your work!
I'm Olga and I am from El Salvador currently living in the US after living abroad for 10 years. I watched your TED talk and that's how I found out about your work. I wanted to congratulate you and tell you that I totally love it!
Although I haven't felt her discrimination, I know how it's like to be part of a stereotype. A salvadoran with a russian name? Isn't your country a third world country? how come do I speak other languages?? etc. These are the type of questions that I've encountered. Thanks for doing this great job and doing a positive impact around the world!!
Message: Wonderful Talk and Exhibition of Color
I am a 'white' color woman working as a high school art teacher in Vienna, Austria (previously, also, with 'more colors' in Shanghai, China and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). Throughout my high school days, years ago, I also worked in an inner city Hartford, Connecticut program with young students of 'many' colors. As I continue to work with students of many colors, races and nationalities, and live in an environment with an influx of refugees, I so appreciated your talk and your exhibition. I would love to see your work in person. I wish I had more influence in Vienna but if there is any chance you manage an exhibition here, I guarantee that I will bring all 120+ art students from the high school art department to see it! I would also encourage my school to host an assembly on your (our) behalf! I so hope your body of work helps to make a difference!
Just read the interview about you in the newspaper Spiegel (online).
I was fascinated convey the message that you get with your project.
I live in Germany and I would love to participate in your project because I can understand perfectly.
I'm white but blind and for this reason I have not had it easy in this society.
Sorry Idon't know English and I hope that despite this somehow can understand my message.
I trust that the email you get and not go to any spam folder.
For me it is very important to contact you.
Surely you wonder how can I understand what you write me. There are programs that translate and I use them. At the end of these lines you will find links to my website and my blog.
Hi Mrs Dass,
i have read about your project and also had a good look. As a person who was flipping between West-Africa andGermany i was often in contact with a lot of skincolour problems and funny incidents.
Being robbed, cheatet and for sure looked at as a kind of Zoo animal for my rose skin and also seeing my friends from Ghana, Togo and other countries of Africa being bullied for their skincolour so much, i want to support yourproject. There cannot be enough works and art that show the equality of any skincolour. They are different and varieated and that is perfect as it is.
My family and me are anytime ready to join your picture project. If you once come to germany to expand yourproject, we would be delighted and honoured to become part of your work.
Also, you are invited to our guesthouse in Ghana, as a base for more pictures. The Ezime-house is also a multicolour project between Ghana and Germany. Just contact me if interested. I have no commercial hidden agenda.
I wish you all the best for your project.
Hola, Precisamente, conoci tu trabajo a través de Le Petit Journal. Estoy bien contento, porque estás poniendo en imagenes lo que trato de explicar desde hace décadas... (y por supuesto, porque soy mestizo de primera generación, "producto" de dos continentes y dos "colores" bien diferentes!). Saludos. Me encanta tu trabajo!
Hola Angélica, soy una mujer de 38 años y madre de un niño que ha seguido tu proyecto y quería darte mi más sincera enhorabuena de lo bien que has captado la esencia de la entidad de las personas fotografiadas.¡Estoy muy orgullosa!
Te cuento un poco por qué me interesa personal y familiarmente tu proyecto.Mi hijo es un hijo de acogida, lo que significa que mi marido y yo no somos sus padres biológicos sino que ellos no le pueden cuidar y nosotros le estamos educando.Todo va genial pero la particularidad es que nosotros somos españoles y tenemos la piel clara y mi hijo es de madre española de piel clara y padre de Nigeria lo que le hace tener la piel un poco más oscura.
Actualmente tiene 10 años y para él, el sentirse aceptado por su familia y amigos es muy importante y la piel y los rasgos le hacen ser un poco distinto.
Gracias a las fotos de tu proyecto se dió cuenta de que cada uno tiene su propio tono de piel lo mismo que tiene su personalidad y que lo que llamamos raza blanca consiste en tener un tono de piel más claro pero dentro de él hay muchisimas variaciones, de hecho hay personas con la piel clara que se ponen en verano tan morenas como una persona de piel oscura....La variedad nos enriquece, no nos limita......
Hi, I wanted to tell you that today, I have worked in class with your project. I am a primary's teacher, and the other day came the "controversy" about painting the face with flesh color . The best proof that a unique flesh color doesn't exist is take a look to your Humanae's page on internet and realize that flesh color is very broad. They loved the project. And I think it has become clear .
I'm a french doctor (heart specialist).
I love your "humanae ". It looks like my work with people. I cure white, black, yellow, etc, people, all are differents.
I wanted to congratulate you on your Humanae project. You have made a great contribution with a simple concept that carries so much emotion. Thank you for creating a non threatening space for dialogue. I personally come from a diverse background and have created a multicolour and multiflavour family. I am so happy to see in plain sight my personal vision of humanity. Colour is not an issue for me, and I had a hard time making others understand why. You see, I am of Haitian descent with a milk chocolate complexion, I wear my hair straight, I was raised in the French province of Quebec in Canada, I have two sons who are caramel because their father is the colour of toasted oatmeal in the summer, I am divorced from him and my spouse is Greek with vanilla skin, blue eyes and dark brown curly hair, his daughters are from French Quebec descent with beige skin. This is life as I have always know it... This is what feels natural to me. I feel at home looking at your Humanae project. Thank you for expressing my vision and showing it to the world. You've inspired me and make me feel that I belong in my own unique way to this planet. Thank you!!! Here a picture of our colourful family!!! 😉
P.S. everybody is darker in this picture because it was taken at the end of sun filled vacation in Bermuda... 😎🌴
Message:God Bless, How to contribute my and my friends photos?
Hi Angelica Dass, I am from India and saw your speech in TED. Your work is a great thing. People who see your work (Humanae) will get normal thoughts about their own skin color and understand that various skin colors are something very normal and should not be differentiated. Changing one's own views about their skin color is the first step to create confidence in them and making people realize that variety of skin colors is a common human truth. This is a great idea and I appreciate you for an efficient approach to eradicate colors! God Bless!
By the way I wanted to ask you how do I contribute my portrait to your work? Thanks. - Ram.
Message: Student Letters
My name is Emily ----- and I'm a high school teacher in Tohatchi, NM on the Navajo Nation. We just watched Angelica Dass' Ted Talk in my senior class and then students wrote letters to Angelica. Is there an address to which I can send them? My students have some questions and would like to encourage her with work on the humanae project!
A few students noticed that Natives weren't represented in the pictures we saw. I'm certain we didn't locate all of the portraits taken, but it was a point of interest for them. If any native populations was photographed, could you direct us to it?I hope to hear from you with an address soon! Their last day of school is May 6th!
Thanks, (They call me Miss Pi)
Transcription of the letters to Angélica
Letter from Miss Pi:
Mrs. Angélica Dass,
Thank you for your art. Thank you for a project that is causing the world to think in a new way. Thank you also for your story. We enjoyed watching your TED talk about your start as an artist. I love your food descriptions of skin color of your family members! You are inspiring our youth, and some of my students wanted to mail their writing prompt (write a letter to the IED speaker)
If you are lacking a beautiful variety of bean-colored Navajo youth in New Mexico, please write back! :)
Sincerely, coffee and cream colored (the teacher)
We are students at Tohatchi High School located on the Navajo Nation. The large majority of our students are Navajo, so there isn't too much diversity here. (So, I love showing your TED talk)
You can write us back or get in touch with me at : ----------@gmail.com or POBOX------
P.S: these are my seniors, all of whom are graduating next month!
Letter from Tinya
Your photos of people from different countries and continents...what you are doing is great because your project is bringing people together instead of separating people.
I think what you are doing is something the world truly needs. You give perspective to the people. It shows how were all equal and we shouldn't judge someone just because they have a different skin color.
How long do you plan doing this?
Letter from Tommy:
Dear Mrs. Dass,
What really made you talk about this kind of topic well? Kind already know the answer but I just want to know a really good statement. Also, some of that people get believe over their skin color or how they look. Young or old, people still do make fun of one another. Miss Dass, I liked the way how you brought up the first sentence on Martin Luther King. One question: I would ask is if she likes any sports?
P.S: please, write back :) I would be very surprise and exited. I'm a native American, "Navajo" and a senior of Tohatchi high school. Tohatchi, New Mexico of the United States.
Letter from Shawntay:
Dear Mrs. Dass,
My opinion on your project is that, I think its creative. Your fact about discrimination has to stop. It's not right for people to not like you just because of your skin color or religion. Next, I think you should continue to be a photographer. There are so many things out there that can be put online. Any questions that I have for you are: is there anything difficult about photography? Do you like what you do now? Suggestions from me are just: do what you do to keep yourself happy.
The photographs that you do are unique and beautiful. Especially showing people different colors of people. I pretty much think the job you do is what you think you are best at, and is somewhat speechless.
Letter from Mathew :
Dear Angélica Dass,
Hello, my name is Mathew -------. I'm a current of Tahatchi High School. My classmates and I watched your speech in TED. I think your work is very inspiring to others, including me. I love the way you put your confidence out there. Your work is truly beautiful.
About how many people do you wish to photograph?
I hope the best.
Thanks for your time.
Transcription of a letter to Angélica from a 12 year old girl from a school in Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain
My name is Noelia , and I wanted to say that I value your work and appreciate it.
I appreciate that I think is necessary in this life full of prejudices. I do not think many people stop to think about 2 or 3 very different people physically, and with the same skin tone.
So your work is fascinating . I am grateful that you come to our school because we knew about your job and your works, but we did not imagine, or at least me, we were known to you. And yet , here you are.
Well, I just wanted to talk to you about this. I hope that you continue with your work longer and surprising people.
Transcription of letter to Angélica from a a group of students of 6º from Logroño, La Rioja, Spain
Dear Angelica Dass,
We are writing this letter to thank you for coming. We love the way you are and that you want to improve the world a little more, that's from a superheroine .
We all understand you much, for us from wee we have related with coleagues of different types of skin tones and we don't care
.Thank you for coming
Texto de Stella Salinero Rates
"También me gustaría traer aquí la respuesta de una mujer a un abogado en un juicio en EEUU que al invocar lo humano tal y como lo hace Angélica Dass, desestabiliza la lógica del prejuicio. Esta mujer al ser interrogada sobre a qué raza pertenece responde: a la raza humana. Como el abogado estaba esperando que dijera negra o afroamericana insiste y le vuelve a preguntar ¿cuál es el color de su piel? Y notablemente ella dice: color humano (Arditi, 2007). La intención del abogado era particularizar a esta mujer y con ello cargarla con los prejuicios que la categoría negra contiene en EEUU, es decir, situarla en una posición inferior, pero su respuesta, que es un rechazo a entrar en esa categoría, deja en evidencia que no hay nada que nos lleve del color de la piel a fijar un status, por lo menos nada que sea racional.
Gracias al gigantesco "Pantone" de esta fotógrafa, vemos como la riqueza en matices de una misma gama, se pierde a menudo. Nos revela que, aunque para algunas y algunos los problemas “raciales” o ·étnicos” parecieran estar superados, estos se nos revelan con fuerza y con una compulsión inusitada cada vez que la ambigüedad del contexto lo posibilita. Es sólo cosa de echarles una mirada a los noticieros para confirmar lo mucho que aún falta para resolverlas ..."
Reading aloud the descriptions that had made the 4th Primary students from a language exercise area, there were two interventions that made a very clear the confusion that children have when they think of skin color. One of them described his skin saying that was "normal color", and another, also speaking about his skin tone, said that it was "flesh color".
Finished all readings the tutor asked two questions:
Who has the normal skin color?
All raised their hands
Who thinks their skin tone is flesh color ?
Of course, all they raise their hands again
Ah!, but then ... we all have the same color?
Dolores Ojeda - Primary Teacher . Head of the School Library CEIP Ferrández Cruz