You’re named Carlos, but you’re blond?

Leah Gillett
Boulder, CO

My mother is Mexican-American, my father is Irish-American. My brother and I are blond haired and blue eyed. People frequently react to his name, Carlos. They are surprised that suburban kids from Michigan have Mexican heritage… It doesn’t bother me, but it can be tiring to cover our ethnic background immediately when meeting new people.

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  • melody

    I think a lot of people create stereotypical thought in their minds on which names fit their race. For example, names like Carlos and Jose, tend to belong to a Mexican heritage person. Although, I don’t believe the name you have should determine how people see or think of you as a person.

  • Alianna P

    My reaction to this race card is that it is frustrating and annoying to constantly have people immediately question you about your ethnicity as soon as you meet. People might tend to judge your name based off of your physical appereance, which still isn’t fair. I can tell from your message that people question your race simply based off of your looks and location.

  • history

    Stereotyping is something people do unconsciously or purposely. I wish it was never there but it is. Sometimes people judge me because some of my friends are not the same race as I. I just smile cause I don’t want to be rude, but it really get me mad.

  • [insert clever pun here]

    i agree that is really annoying just going over your family tree with people but i think it is more of people being curious than mean

  • kiara

    My reaction to this race card is that we stereotype too much! Its just a bad habit that people tend to have! If i was you i would be very irritated with this because of the fact they keep juding you when they do not know who you are.

  • Kimberly Caraballo

    My reaction to this race card is that I know how you feel! One of my friends has a similar situation. I feel as though our society has been raised and taught by Judging as first sight. In school we’ve learned about bi-racial groups and I have realized the struggle that people have with explaining there ethnical background just because someone is nosy. In conclusion I would like to say that your mix is very nice. And the way people base your race on whether you’re white or Hispanic is pretty insane!

  • Elizabeth Cauvin

    My reaction to this race is who cares that your name is Carlos. That such a stereotype . Just because you have blond hair and blue eyes the world has to stop and ask all these questions, Like NO ! In history class I learned that people who bi-racial struggle explaining there background to other people. In conclusion I think your mix is very Kool and don’t anyone tell you different.

 

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