“You’re really white for a Mexican”

Ileana Serrano,
Sacramento, CA.

Whenever people try and guess my “race”, I usually get different responses, but they’re always followed by “mixed with white”. My skin tone might be a bit more fair than what people may think Mexicans are supposed to look like, but that doesn’t make me any less Mexican. I’m not mixed with white, or European, or anything. It’s almost as if people are happy for me when they think I’m “mixed with white” and I really don’t understand why, as if being Mexican mixed with white is supposed to make me better or more proud as opposed to just being Mexican. Regardless of my skin tone, I am human, just like anyone else, “mixed with white” or not. And I am happy with that.


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