I’m Middle Eastern but I’m white?

Ilana
New York, NY

I grew up in Israel to a father born in Germany and a mother born in the United States. Yet every time I tick the “white” box I feel uncomfortable. The culture I grew up in was considered “white” but the Middle East is ethnically diverse. Everyone was a “mixed breed” because they had parents from all over the place. People know where their grandparents come from, whether it’s Poland or Morocco, France or Egypt, Russia or Lebanon. How can you label this kind of culture “white”?

 

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