Are you Mexican? Does it matter?

Mya Garcia,
Lubbock, TX

When I am asked if I am Mexican, I truly don’t know how to answer. No, none of my family is from Mexico, my great grandparents lived on Native American reservations. Yes, my family knows Spanish, but I was never taught. No, I have never been to Mexico, nor has any of my family. Yes, I have a very common Mexican last name, but to be honest I have no idea where it came from. When I am asked if I am Mexican, I truly don’t know how to answer because I am scared of where the question is rooted. Will my answer change the way you view me as a human being?


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