I grew up believing the color of my skin was irrelevant. I did not need to be as dark as my mother or as light as my father for them to be my parents. Racist attacks from people of all colors motivated me to be proud of my mixed identity.
“Other” is a call to attention for individuals who identify as mixed and choose not to confine themselves to one of their ethnicities. Mixed people often lack a true sense of belonging when confronted with ethnic organizations in college. I want to raise awareness for the struggles that mixed people encounter and the pressures put on us to pick only one of our heritages to represent ourselves. We are not always accepted in either end of our own personal ethnic spectra; we must create our own identities without having to settle for “Other” as if life is a single-answer questionnaire.
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