Race is appearance not my identity.

Jennifer Evans,
Albuquerque, NM

So often people bring race in as a deep part of someone’s identity or use it as a reason for their inability to be a part of a group or a part of a culture. The truth is that while race can be a big part of someone’s identity it is not always. I have gone my entire life hanging out with people of various races and have always felt as though I belonged in their communities and I fit in but I have constantly been told I am “too white” to be a part of those groups. I cant enjoy hip-hop and rap music, I can’t speak Spanish and be involved in celebrating various Holidays of Hispanic Heritage. At the end of the day, My skin tone should not stop me any more than it should stop anyone else. 


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