Student reflects on mixed-race background

Posted in Articles, Autobiography, Campus Life, Latino Studies, Media Archive, United States on 2017-02-26 21:27Z by Steven

Student reflects on mixed-race background

The Times-Delphic
Des Moines, Iowa

Jessica Spangler, Opinions Editor

As someone who comes from a blend of different cultures, it can sometimes seem like there isn’t really anywhere I belong. There are no neat boxes that I fit into.

I love that I am able to have a unique perspective and have the opportunity to grow up knowing different cultures. I’m proud of who I am and where my family is from. I am Cuban, Mexican and white and I will always consider myself lucky that I am able to have the experiences I do.

But there is also a lot of frustration that comes along with being mixed race.

People have dismissed my Latina side completely (“Please, you’re just white.”) and people have called me racial slurs or have said racist jokes to me (“Want to mow my lawn?”)…

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