Hispanic name in a rural town

Elena Rodrigues
Houghton, MA

Living in a small town in the UP of Michigan and having a fairly Hispanic name can sometimes bring out the worst in people. Sometimes it shows how some people view a person from a different background in a negative way and other times it can be positive. I have been asked before if I speak Mexican in a small town in Michigan. No, I do not speak Mexican, nor do I even speak Spanish was my response. My Dads family is from Brazil and then even he is half Canadian. Experiencing these questions shows me how some people can be so uneducated about the rest of the world about race and ethnicity.


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