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I am Haitian, Spanish, French, Italian mostly (with some other white Eurpean ethnicities mixes in there). And was told by my obviously black Grandma and Mother that because my skin looks white, I should forget my heritage. Think it dead and useless, actually.

All that has done is cause me tremendous pain, since I get so angry at what I have seen and heard under the cover of my white looking skin.

Now that I don't follow the "rules" I was given by them, and have outwardly embraced my whole heritage, where would I stand in the community? I know how white society thinks (not all of them, I am generalizing here). How does the non-white society really feel about mixed people like me?
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I am Haitian, Spanish, French, Italian mostly (with some other white Eurpean ethnicities mixes in there). And was told by my obviously black Grandma and Mother that because my skin looks white, I should forget my heritage. Think it dead and useless, actually.

IMHO I think you should celebrate and be proud of all the facets of who you are. Your heritage is who you are and your choices make you an individual.

Can you speak any of the above languages?
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Originally posted by Ethnic and Proud:
I am Haitian, Spanish, French, Italian mostly (with some other white Eurpean ethnicities mixes in there). And was told by my obviously black Grandma and Mother that because my skin looks white, I should forget my heritage. Think it dead and useless, actually.

All that has done is cause me tremendous pain, since I get so angry at what I have seen and heard under the cover of my white looking skin.

Now that I don't follow the "rules" I was given by them, and have outwardly embraced my whole heritage, where would I stand in the community? I know how white society thinks (not all of them, I am generalizing here). How does the non-white society really feel about mixed people like me?


To be sane in this world, one must accept all of oneself ... no one else will ...

You're alright by me ... celebrate your uniqueness and think of your rich heritage as a gift you offer us ... Smile

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