Heritage Day? I am a mutt.

Christina Vallem
Ann Arbor, MI
Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan

When the elementary school holds a Heritage Day my kids would ask me “What are we?” At first I would say we are “mutts.” Kids love dogs and understood the answer. My best answer evolved into “Northern European mix.” An improvement over rattling off 10 country names.

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  • Patty

    When I was in grade school kids would ask me what is your nationality. I didn’t know what to say so I asked my mom. She said you are American. This answer seemed to annoy people. They would say, where are you from, what is your background. Sometimes I would “rattle” off the list of anticendents, sometimes not.

 

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