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  • I think I'm what Hollywood would call ethnically ambiguous.

  • When people first glance at me, I mean the first thing they see is a white guy.

  • And usually I'll have to end up explaining to people that I am half Mexican and half white.

  • No one has ever been able to correctly identify who I am my entire life.

  • I've gotten Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, half black half white.

  • People think I'm Asian.

  • Egyptian, Polynesian, Asian.

  • Fully white or fully Asian.

  • Almost everyone misreads me in some way, it's very hard to guess Danish and Indian from a first glance.

  • I've honestly heard everything.

  • Sometimes I wish I could walk in and just be recognized as a Mexican American.

  • Sometimes people come up to me on the street and start speaking Spanish frantically, and I can't respond 'cause I don't speak Spanish.

  • I find that depending on where I am, people read me differently.

  • They tend to think that I'm whatever they are.

  • People of Hispanic background think I'm hispanic, people who are Asian think I look Asian.

  • An interesting part of my journey as a young multiracial person growing up was rejection from both sides of my ethnic identity.

  • That's something that I grew up with my whole life, like I don't fit in, I don't belong to any ethnic group 100%.

  • I never saw myself as different from anybody else until some else pointed it out.

  • The last thing you want to do is stand out.

  • You want to blend in as much as possible.

  • We talk about race like it's this built in, intrinsic thing.

  • But the reality is we're mostly talking about looks, right?

  • If i'm going to be white, well then why can't I have blonde hair and blue eyes?

  • If I'm gonna be Mexican, then why can't I have dark skin and speak perfect Spanish?

  • People think I'm Asian, why can't I be really tiny and skinny and fit into all these stereotypes, but I'm not a stereotype, I'm just me.

  • And for mixed people who sort of live in between the lines, we sort of just have to be more than our racial background.

  • You don't need to fit a mold that other people think you should fit.

  • It's difficult learning that you don't have to decide what race you are.

  • There's no textbook on how to be multiracial and be okay with it, you just kind of have to forge ahead and be your own person.

  • I am who I am, and no one else is like me, and that's pretty cool.

I think I'm what Hollywood would call ethnically ambiguous.

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The Struggle Of Being Mixed Race

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    jasmine posted on 2019/05/27
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