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How many times have you read a Facebook post or heard an argument and wonder if anyone listens to each other anymore?MI (Michigan) Voice is a new segment on WKAR News.We're asking five of your Michigan neighbors of diverse backgrounds their perspective on a topic.

Michiganders Talk About Race & Ethnicity

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Top row: Arianna Quan, Clara Martinez; Bottom row: Ashley Bell, Justin Sheehan, Juwan Clarke

How many times have you read a Facebook post or heard an argument and wonder if anyone listens to each other anymore… especially when the topic is race?? This week on All Things Considered, we are starting a series called “My Voice.” 

You will hear from 5 of your Michigan neighbors of diverse backgrounds their perspective on race and ethnicity.

No shouting, no arguing, just answering a few questions in hopes that we can all learn something. 

This week, you'll hear the perspective of five mid-Michiganders:

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Ashley Bell

-Ashley Bell: multi-racial business woman who grew up in Lansing.

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Juwan Clarke

-Justin Clarke: African-American Michigan State University student who grew up in Detroit.

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Clara Martinez

-Clara Martinez: Chicana (Mexican-American)/Americore VISTA and teaching artist in Lansing. She was born in Colorado, raised partly in Texas, moved to Michigan when her father became a professor at Michigan State University.

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Justin Sheehan

-Justin Sheehan: white (Irish and Greek ethnicity) attorney and Executive Director of the Lansing Promise, which provides scholarships to Lansing public school students. He grew up in a predominately African-American neighborhood in Lansing.

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Arianna Quan

-Arianna Quan: Korean-American student. She was born in Beijing, raised in Michigan and served as the frist Asian-American Miss Michigan 2016-2017.

Listen to “My Voice” on All Things Considered.. starting this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. on 90.5 WKAR-FM.

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