26 Questions Mixed-Race People Are Really Very Tired Of Hearing

No, I will not love you long time.

NB: This may also apply to all sorts of other humans, including ethnic minorities, single-race people, and otherkin.

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1. “Where are you from?”

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This isn’t offensive if it’s asked respectfully, but it might raise my hackles if you demand the answer before knowing anything about me. Particularly if you follow it up with…

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2. “No, where are you from really?

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YOU HAVE PASSED THE TEST. What all mixed people like to do, you see, is give a false answer the first time we’re asked this. But you saw through this ruse! We’ll be talking about your triumph at the meetings for years. Well done, you.

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ALTERNATIVELY: Nope, I’m still from Swindon.

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3. “No, I mean where are you from originally?

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Oh, before I was born?

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4. “No, look, where are your parents from?”

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This is an awfully personal line of questioning. Am I in some sort of trouble with the law?

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5. “Are you sure?”

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My god. Now you mention it, I never actually asked my mother to provide legal documentation proving her heritage. What a fool I have been all these years.

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6. “Are you sure you’re not Arabic?”

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Oh thank god. You must be the ethnicity expert I ordered.

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7. “That’s basically the same country, though, right?”

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… Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm …

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… Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmno.

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8. “So, how white are you?”

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About 4. I’m about 4 white.

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9. “What are you?”

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I’m splendid, thanks!

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10. “I bet you just love this heat, right?”

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You know I’m not from the actual sun, right?

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11. “So, will your parents pick your husband for you?”

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Maybe. I mean, they did a really good job with my name, so…

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12. “Are you the cleaner?”

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Yes, I am. I’ll require immediate payment up front, and then I’ll have to go “get some stuff” from my “car”.

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13. “Do you wipe your bottom with your left hand?”

Only when your mother’s left hand is busy.

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14. “How come you act white?”

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I was going more for ecru.

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15. “Why do you talk black?”


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16. “How come you speak English so well?”

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Sexual magic, nanotechnology, and glue.

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17. “Is this OK in your culture?”

STOP! While I appreciate the cultural sensitivity, it might be an idea to find out, you know, what my culture is (or even if I have one) before you start feverishly pandering to it.

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18. “Namaste/Kaabo/Hola. Did I say that right?”

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I have no idea. I am from SWINDON.

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19. “How do you say my name in your language?”

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20. “What’s a nice Greek girl like you doing in this neighbourhood?”

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I’m not actually Greek, Mr. Papadopoulos, but I too am wondering what I’m doing in this part of Swindon when the 13A doesn’t even come this way.

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21. “Why don’t you just pick a side?”

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Fine. I choose starboard.

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22. “Is it true what they say about black men?”

I’m not really one for gossip I’m afraid.

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23. “I can’t pronounce that. Do you mind if I call you Mike?”

Sure. I only tend to answer to “Wolfgang”, though.

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24. “How many children do you have?”

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I noticed you asked that other lady if she had children, but you’ve asked me how many I have. I suspect this is because you didn’t realise that I was being street when you overheard me talking about “the kids”.

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25. “That’s not racist, right?”


Well, as a person of mixed race, I have been named the definitive arbiter of all things race-related by the U.N., so let me deliberate on this for a moment.

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After some deliberation…

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And finally…

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26. “Can I touch your hair?”

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Robyn Wilder is a staff writer for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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