I’m an expat, he’s an immigrant.

Anonymous,
Omaha, NE.

Born and raised in the midwest, I studied Spanish and went to live in Latin America. While there, I met my now husband, we wed and have two children. I was always considered an expat (expatriate) while living abroad and my white-privilege was amplified during my time there.

Now that we have lived here in the U.S. for 3 years, my husband is not considered an expat, but rather an immigrant. With this, people see him as poor, uneducated, lazy and question his motivation for our marriage. When he is out alone with our children he frequently receives side-ways glances because he has dark skin and our children have my pale-skin and freckles. Even close friends and family have made jokes about whether he was actually their father.

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