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18 Comments People In Multiracial/ethnic Families Are Tired Of Hearing

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1. "Whose traditions do you follow? Your mom's, or your dad's?"

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Why are you asking that like I need to choose?

2. "Can you speak all of your parents languages?"

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What, is what we're speaking now not good enough?

3. "Can I hear you speak another language??"

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MY MOUTH IS NOT A CIRCUS

4. "Wow, everyone in your family looks like they're from somewhere different. Are you sure you're related?"

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I mean, at this point it sounds like you know better than me soo . . .

5. "It was really courageous of your parents to defy their family's expectations like that"

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Why are you saying that? Do you know anything about my family?

6. "One day, all families will look like yours and racism will be over"

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GET YOUR COLORBLIND RACISM OUT OF MY FACE

7. "So like, which race do your parents expect you to date?"

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Yes, after being in an interracial relationship for 30+ years, my parents are going to demand that their multiracial children date within a single race. Mhm.

8. "Oh, that's what you are?? I was wondering, because your hair is so-"

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Don't. Even. THINK. About. Touching. My. Hair.

9. "Wow, you've probably seen so much of the world, visiting your family and all . . ."

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Well, no. 1. I can't afford it and 2. A lot of them have moved here soooo . . .

10. "Omg, I want to try your people's food, but I want your mom to cook it because I want to try the authentic stuff"

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But we eat, like, mac and cheese at my house. Are you saying you want authentic mac and cheese?

11. "So then . . . how did your parents meet??"

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Uhh, I don't know. It's not unfathomable that people from different parts of the world run into each other, ya know?

12. "Does your extended family, like, accept you?"

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I've gotten Diwali cards in the mail so, yes?

13. "Family reunions must be really uncomfortable"

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I mean, there's lots of great food and awkward small talk. Is that abnormal?

14. "Your kids are going to be so cool looking . . . or just really confused"

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I'm having a hard time grappling with the fact that my future children are being exotified before they have even had the chance to form in my womb

15. "Wait, were you really confused growing up?"

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If I was, it was because of ignorant and belittling questions such as yours

16. *In elevator* "Excuse me, are you from . . .?" *Rattles off extensive list of countries*

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Is this a game show quiz? Am I on Boiling Point? Who ARE you?

17. *Walks into home and looks at decor* "I can really see how you identify with both sides of your family, now"

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I'm glad it took you walking into my house to validate my multiple identities

18. "Omg, your family is like . . . the future of America"

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Uh, no, more like the current-and-existing-since-this-country's-colonialistic-inception version of America. DON'T OVERLOOK MY HISTORY.

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