21 Weird Side Effects Of Being A Person Of Color Raised By White People
I love you, family. But this was weird.
When you're out and about, no one will believe that your parents are actually your parents.
Or that your siblings are actually your siblings.
You're intimately acquainted with searching "where are you from?" questions from strangers.
You're thoroughly confused as to why the world makes such a big deal out of interracial relationships.
Most of your family has absolutely no idea what to do with your hair.
Which probably led to you not having any idea what to do with your hair growing up.
But you get sunburnt way less easily in any situation than your family members do.
Some family members still think they know what being a PoC is like because they're related to you.
And there'll always be that one relative who thinks having a PoC in the family excuses all their racist comments.
And also that one who you dread discussing racial issues with.
At least one person will casually refer to you as "exotic" in relation to your family members.
And you're intimately aware of what curious stares from strangers feel like.
You've always had a complicated relationship with your racial identity.
And you sometimes feel like you have to be the mouthpiece for all brown people anywhere.
You've had moments of wishing you looked like everyone else around you.
And you know what it's like to not feel "white" enough or "brown" enough.
You've seen firsthand how privilege tries to make itself invisible.
There are parts of you that your family will never be able to relate to.
And you know pretty intimately what it's like to be the one who stands out.
In fact, you've had a pretty windy road to accepting yourself as you.
But you've definitely got an awesome duality going on.
And that's worth celebrating despite the speed bumps.
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