August 10th, 2020: Monday Musings Blog Post #2:
Updated: Mar 9
Written by Katelin Gentile; IG: @spawnofs8tan
My Experience as a Mixed-Race Girl
“My identity has helped shape who I am because many of the cultures I am mixed with have taught me different values and morals. They have shown me different sides of the world that most people who are not multicultural or mixed race have seen, and this makes me feel very unique and proud to be so mixed because I have cultural aspects from all the things I am mixed with.
Some specific experiences I have with being multiracial is that people will assume whichever race they want me to be or try to make me ‘pick a race’, but I know that I cannot and will never be able to do that because I’m not fully any race. I also struggled with identity issues as people would try to tell me I couldn’t be related to my own parent because one of my parents has lighter skin than me and that I was too dark to be related to them.
I have a very diverse mixture: I am Jamaican, Italian, Indian, Chinese, Irish, Scottish, African, and lots of other European mixtures. This always confused me when I was younger; I wasn’t sure whether I was black, white, or Asian. However, since race and identity have become much bigger topics these days, I have come to the conclusion that I’m just a mixed up brown girl, and that's that. I don’t have to prove to anybody what I really am, because inside I know I am multiracial and that makes me who I am today. ”