The LOOK | Teen Ink


July 13, 2008
By Anonymous


Every now and then, I get this look from people. They tilt their head and ask,
“what are you?” By “what” they mean, what’s my race or ethnicity. I get this question a lot because of the way I look. When people see me, they don’t know what to think. I always ask them to guess, or ask, “ what do you think?”

I’m actually multi-racial. I’m British, Jamaican, Putter Rican, and Inca Indian, which actually descends from Peru. So I guess I’m Peruvian. Some people think I look more black, some think I look more Hispanic, some think white, etc.

The fact is, sometimes I get a little tired of people asking. Now sometimes I do like telling people what I am. It makes good conversation. That and I’m virtually immune to being discriminated by many races. But I don’t understand is why its so important to people to know my race. I think we all know we live in a prejudice and judgmental world. People instantly judge you due to your social status, your name, your race. I guess people feel they can come to instant conclusions about you if they know your race. Regardless that all of our DNA is 99.99% the same. Maybe next time, when people ask me what I am, I’ll just say, “ I’m a human. A person. Just like you.”

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on Dec. 16 2021 at 12:07 pm
ILiveToRead PLATINUM, Wailuku, Hawaii
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Favorite Quote:
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You handle the situations well.

on Aug. 6 2020 at 1:20 pm
FirstSteps5000 SILVER, Bethesda, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
"If you reach for the stars, you'll just get the stars. Reach for the heavens and you get the stars thrown in." - unknown
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This is a really insightful article.