One sixteenth Irish, are you serious?

431891_10150616727050336_256387419_nRoberto Contreras.

I’m a redheaded Mexican-american. I self identify as Mexican, having grown up in Mexico, but whenever I say my heritage is Mexican the next question is always “Are you sure you are not half-spanish or something?”. No, parents are Mexican, grandparents are Mexican, so it’s interesting to see specific heritage being such a big deal. It gets especially ridiculous when people start mentioning they are 1/16th irish or 1/32th Native American, and then being identified as hispanic or latino. Latinos make up 90% of America’s population (America the continent, having to specify is a pet peeve of mine). So the latino moniker covers a million different cultures and skintones mixed into one lump. I think those categorized as Asian probably feel the same way.

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4 Responses to "One sixteenth Irish, are you serious?"
  1. random says:

    I agree that catagorizing people based upon their appearance is bad. There is an old saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” People should be given the benefit of a doubt and be allowed to prove themselves.

  2. Erica Marie Lawler says:

    My husband has red hair, freckles, and green eyes. People often ask him if he’s Irish. He’s no more Irish than I am (which is some small percentage from at least 7 generations ago) but the whole time we were traveling in Ireland we got the “Oh, investigating the family roots, are we?” line. Nope, just here because it’s a beautiful country!

  3. barry irving says:

    ..specifying about race is a necessity. Truth?…you look European with “some”
    unnoticeable Mexican blood. The reason for being specific is that people never say what they mean by open ended vague labels. You could be referring t nationality, Race, culture or Ethnicity

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