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Hello! If you don't have this problem, or you're a friend of someone who has this problem. Please, pay attention, or know, because ignorance is bliss. First let me explain a little bit about myself. I am white AND Mexican. Though I was adopted by an African American family. It got to the point to where I didn't even know I was Mexican until I was like in fifth grade. So when people use to asks me." What are you." Which by the way is the most unnecessary fucking question you ever need to ask when meeting a new person! Like what the hell does my ethnicity have to do with us being friends????? But I would say." I'm white and Mexican." And they'd just stare at me.....with the biggest fucking look of disbelief. Like oh no...... you thought if you'd stare long enough a sombrero would magically appear on my head that would let you know I'm telling the truth? Sorry to burst you're bubble. And they'd say." Can you speak Spanish?" "No." Listen. In what you just pop out of someone's womb speaking Spanish? If I grow up learning that cat is cat then a cat is a mother fucking cat. It is not automatically translated as gato because my body's like nuh're English for I know plenty of Mexicans who DO NOT KNOW SPANISH..... Why????? Because they didn't grow up learning Spanish. Oh my gosh! Like is that even possible. I know you people, and I don't mean people as in white people. I mean people as in all you little ignorant fucks....who like to look at me and go No black hair? No Carmel skin? No Spanish accent? Out! No fuck you! Your race is not your personality, it is not your social uniform. It is your fucking genes that tell you if you're a REAL Mexican or not. It is the fact that you are either: A. Born from ATLEAST one parent that is Mexican B. You are born in mexico. If you have those characteristics then guess what're Mexican. I spent fucking 10 years of my life learning Spanish just so I can prove myself to the fucking world that I am Mexican! Like it was my fucking responsibility or something! Pssssh, and they say white people are racist. I was with a friend once (who was Mexican) and she brought me over to a guy friend (who was also Mexican) and introduced me to him and said." She's Mexican too." I kid you not....he looked me up and down twice. Like he was fucking double checking, and then looked me in the eyes and said." She's not Mexican." And walked away. This kind of bullshit has got to stop! I'm denied by BOTH the races I was born in because I'm niether "white enough" or "Mexican enough." The only thing I learned over these past couple years is to be whatever I want! Learn whatever fucking language I want! And be happy with Who I am, because there is no one that can understand you more than you!
Wow I am so sorry you go through that. I 100% understand where you're coming from. I am mixed too. I grew up with just the Latin side of my family, so I am very engulfed into the Puerto Rican Culture. I remember a new friend of mine looked at me crazy when I had mentioned I was Latina. He said I didn't look Latina. I have to explain to people all the freaking time the Latino people look different. Even my Latino side of the family, I have cousins with blue eyes and light skin...and guess what...they're 100% Puerto Rican. And I also have cousiins who are very dark with kinky hair -- and they are 100% Puerto Rican too! And you're who you want to be! Being Mexican is a part of you, it's in your blood -- and nobody can ever take that away.
I absolutely understand. My dad is Cherokee and my mom is Irish-American. Any time I talk about "playing on the reservation" or anything like that, people start in on me automatically. "But you don't LOOK Native. You look white to me." Well. First off, I don't need anyone's approval. I know who - and what - I am. However, I guarantee that we wouldn't have tribal rights, names, etc. if we weren't who we say we are. My brothers are all dark skinned and look like my dad. Here I am, with Dad's hair and eyes, but mom's skin tone and man, do people LOVE to make me "Prove" it. UGH. We all need to be more understanding and accepting. I am very proud of my heritage, but every time someone wants to challenge me on it, I feel diminished... And that freaking sucks.
I don't bother explain race or ethnicity. someone asks me, I say American.
I stopped explaining myself years ago, when I get that question, I simply tell them I am human. It's extremely dumb and people need to think before they talk. Yes we are all individuals but guess the fuck what? We are human before anything else.
Sometimes I can't believe that we have mapped the human genome, and race is still an issue.
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