I’m not Iranian, I’m Puerto Rican

Portland, OR.

I moved from Puerto Rico to Michigan and people never knew what I was. Some thought I was Black, many thought I was mixed Black/White, and others thought I was Samoan. I recall one day I was at a store and a gentleman asked me if I was from Iran. I smiled and said “no, I am Puerto Rican.” I have never been offended by being called another race or ethnicity but I am proud of being Puerto Rican and I don’t have a problem letting people know where I am from. When I told the gentleman I was from Puerto Rico he said “oh” and walked away. I have had very interesting interactions with people who could not tell that I am Puerto Rican.


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