I blend in, wherever I go.

Brenda Footer
Silver Spring, MD

I live in a very diverse neighborhood, where many El Salvadoran and Dominican families live. People are always trying to speak to me in Spanish, because I have olive skin and dark hair. I’m as white as can be, but it’s always been this way. Italians assume I’m Italian, Latinos assume I’m Latin. Arabs assume I’m Arab, Jews know I’m a Jew. I went to a predominantly black college, and there I was always told, “You don’t talk like a white girl, are Spanish?”

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2 Responses to "I blend in, wherever I go."
  1. Jennifer Honer says:


    I sometimes have a similar problem. I’m mixed black/white and people ask me if I’m Latino, Hawaiian or Samoan. Sometimes I wonder if people are really that confused or it would be easier to guess something other than a mixed race person.

  2. Isabelle says:

    I think that’s great. Maybe some day everyone will be so mixed that no one will ever be able to tell where you are from just by looking.

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