Always presumed mixed. Shocked genetically white.

Jeni Bate,
Salton City, CA

I have frizzy hair. I grew up in an all** white town and the only other people with hair like mine were my mother and grandmother, both of whom are/were racist. My mother always denied we have any black in our family, but I thought she was lying because she was racist. I was always called the local equivalent of the n-word. I left as soon as I was an adult, and though the treatment wasn’t as cruel, I have always been taken as, or asked whether I am mixed. When I had my dna done and found I was indeed all European, I was stunned – and disappointed.


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