Oh, I expected a Black woman.

Jamila Wolters,
Portland, OR

I am a White-passing, Mexican woman with an Arabic name and have heard this statement from people of all races. The difference is the looks on the faces of the people who say this to me, their own race always and prejudice is always written right there. I am a proud Mexican woman but before people can see that they show me their relief or confusion at my Whiteness, their annoyance that I don’t fit their mold, and finally their interest to learn more about who I am.

 

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