Uniquely Made, The American Girl Today

Christina Rains,
Riverside, CA.

French, Indian, Mexican, Dutch, but American?

It is quite clear that you cannot judge individuals by their color. Race in reality just identifies where your family has lived and what part of the world you are from. Throughout my life, I have been called “white girl” but in reality, this categorization is far from the truth. Both sides of my family are trilingual (speaking French, Spanish, and English), and yet my great grandparents and grandparents chose to assimilate by not continuing to teach their native languages. Despite the assimilation, I am proud to be an American. As a result of the loss of my family’s native languages I have never mastered Spanish, much to my disappointment. I have been frustrated with the association of the term “white” since the term now seems to be synonymous with the term racist or prejudice. I feel that this is unfair since many individuals that are categorized as white are not racist or prejudice. Many individuals seem to have forgotten the America has been striving through the education system and legal system to establish equality for all races. Although America is still working towards equality, equality is finally within our grasp. I am excited to be part of the race card project, so that I can make a difference and stand up for racial equality and universal value for human life. It is important to realize that God created all individuals equally and in His image. Thus, who are we to judge others by their race whether Latino, Asian, African American, or White.



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