Not Black Enough, Not White Enough

Heleen Moyer,
Troy, PA

Growing up, being a mixed girl, -also with a Hispanic father that was never around- , I never felt like I fit into a group. I was always too dark skinned to feel like I related to my white friends. But, I was too light skinned to feel like I fit in with my black friends. Being Hispanic felt like I had another shot at feeling some kind of belonging, I quickly realized how shameful it was to that group that I didn’t speak Spanish. Being a young girl it was incredibly difficult to feel like I belonged somewhere, or that people related to my issues. & it has definitely left a vacant space in me that still isn’t sure what category I really belong too. I know now as an adult it shouldn’t matter much, but it feels like it carries a much heavier weight now in light of social justice issues.

 

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