Anglo interloper newcomer outsider awkward minority

Laurie Mitchell Dunn
Taos, NM

In my northern NM community, Native Americans have been here for over 1,000 years and Hispanics for 400 years. Anglos are both minorities and relative newcomers (first arriving about 150 years ago). Even native born Anglos aren’t really accepted as “locals”. The Hispanics here have a saying: “Just because your cat has kittens in the oven, it doesn’t make them biscuits.” It’s an eye-opening glimpse at what it’s like being in an ethnic and cultural minority, although I can’t claim to have even remotely experienced what people of color deal with almost everywhere in the US.

 

Anglo interloper newcomer outsider awkward minority

Laurie Mitchell Dunn
Taos, NM

In my northern NM community, Native Americans have been here for over 1,000 years and Hispanics for 400 years. Anglos are both minorities and relative newcomers (first arriving about 150 years ago). Even native born Anglos aren’t really accepted as “locals”. The Hispanics here have a saying: “Just because your cat has kittens in the oven, it doesn’t make them biscuits.” It’s an eye-opening glimpse at what it’s like being in an ethnic and cultural minority, although I can’t claim to have even remotely experienced what people of color deal with almost everywhere in the US.

Anglo interloper newcomer outsider awkward minority

Laurie Mitchell Dunn
Taos, NM

In my northern NM community, Native Americans have been here for over 1,000 years and Hispanics for 400 years. Anglos are both minorities and relative newcomers (first arriving about 150 years ago). Even native born Anglos aren’t really accepted as “locals”. The Hispanics here have a saying: “Just because your cat has kittens in the oven, it doesn’t make them biscuits.” It’s an eye-opening glimpse at what it’s like being in an ethnic and cultural minority, although I can’t claim to have even remotely experienced what people of color deal with almost everywhere in the US.

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