But you don’t look Italian

Photo-on-9-28-14-at-3.12-PM-2Katie Rotondo,
El Segundo, CA.

I’ve been learning a lot about race and ethnicity lately. Looking back, it bothers me how many times I was asked what ethnicity I am, responding by saying I am Italian, and getting the famous saying, “But you don’t look Italian!” This is a daily response. Just because I don’t LOOK a certain way I am therefore not completely that specific ethnicity in others’ eyes. This is racial stereotyping and not appreciated by many. America is culturally diverse now and should be recognized as such. We all have unique histories and pasts that have made us who we are today.

CBU-HIS311

 

But you don’t look Italian

Photo-on-9-28-14-at-3.12-PM-2Katie Rotondo,
El Segundo, CA.

I’ve been learning a lot about race and ethnicity lately. Looking back, it bothers me how many times I was asked what ethnicity I am, responding by saying I am Italian, and getting the famous saying, “But you don’t look Italian!” This is a daily response. Just because I don’t LOOK a certain way I am therefore not completely that specific ethnicity in others’ eyes. This is racial stereotyping and not appreciated by many. America is culturally diverse now and should be recognized as such. We all have unique histories and pasts that have made us who we are today.

CBU-HIS311

But you don’t look Italian

Photo-on-9-28-14-at-3.12-PM-2Katie Rotondo,
El Segundo, CA.

I’ve been learning a lot about race and ethnicity lately. Looking back, it bothers me how many times I was asked what ethnicity I am, responding by saying I am Italian, and getting the famous saying, “But you don’t look Italian!” This is a daily response. Just because I don’t LOOK a certain way I am therefore not completely that specific ethnicity in others’ eyes. This is racial stereotyping and not appreciated by many. America is culturally diverse now and should be recognized as such. We all have unique histories and pasts that have made us who we are today.

CBU-HIS311

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