A conversation about growing up biracial.
“What really bugs me is when people say, ‘But you’re not really Puerto Rican,’ meaning that I don’t fit their stereotypes of a Latina. Or this question: ‘So do you put Hispanic on applications?’ I’m always like, ‘Yeah, because otherwise I’d be lying.’ I love (meaning hate) the implication that I’m only mentioning a fundamental part of my identity to gain some imaginary advantage. Only white people are under the impression that being Puerto Rican has ever gotten anyone anywhere in this country! I think it shows what a fucked-up relationship people have to race here. If your race is not immediately apparent, or doesn’t conform to certain stereotypes, people immediately start policing it.”
It is such a bizarre feeling to hear exactly how you feel about something being said by someone else. I used to get a lot of asks about this, but in case you were still wondering I think this article speaks to why I identify as “mixed race but white privileged”.