A topic I can relate with, “you dont look latino” A born—with identity people want you to try out for…
People have always been eery about what “i am”. To me, i am just the darkest person in my family; so I think nothing of it. I always like to have people guess, the ignorant ones assume. The responsive have been:
Chinese. Korean. Philippine. Japanese. Colombian. Dominican. Saudi Arabian. Indian(India). Puerto Rican Guatemalan and Spanish?? Hondurian and Spanish? Italian?? The list grows everyday. I don’t walk up to people and ask them what they are?? So… What’s up?? People wait until its one on one. I HATE that people assume my “best qualities” MUST HAVE came from Europe…. Not even slightly!!
I love to dance and I will be out dancing ( because I’m at salsa) and someone will say, “Oh a gringa doesn’t dance like that, you MUST be Latina.”…
I am Cherokee and Creek Indian, African from the Americas and Cuban. All of it at the same time, not in pieces, or in blood quantum. I am who I am. People try to erase your ethnicity, your identity, your cultures when you don’t match to image that has been portrayed on TV to fit their expectations.