I’m not white in my family

Lisa Craig
Washington, DC

It’s a bit complicated. My father’s family consists of Scottish, Swedish, French, German, English, Mexican, and two different Native American tribes. My mother’s family consists of French-Canadian, English, Inquit (Alaskan Native Americans), and some other ethnicities that I am not aware of (I am not close to them). All of my family easily passes as white. Except me. Some people think I am mixed Asian. I frequently get asked if I am adopted. My father openly tells me that I must convince people that I am pure white because he was and is still embarrassed that his daughter doesn’t look like anybody in his family race-wise.


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