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Mexican’t Believe It

| Learning | January 24, 2015

(I am in the fifth grade and have just moved from rural Indiana to the LA area. We are doing standardized tests and at the portion where they ask your ethnicity. My teacher is Hispanic.)

Teacher: “[My Name] what are you doing? You can’t put that.”

Me: “I can’t put what?”

Teacher: “You put that you’re Hispanic. You can’t put that; you’re white.”

Me: “No, I’m not. I’m Mexican. I’ve always put that I’m Hispanic.”

(My father is Caucasian and I have an English last name, but my mother is Mexican born in Mexico along with the past dozen or so generations of her family. As such, I identify as Hispanic even though I pass for Caucasian. I explain this to my teacher. He doesn’t seem convinced.)

Teacher: “Fine, but at least put white, too. You’re too white to be Mexican.”