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I am a part of the growing population of people of mixed descent and am both privileged and punished by relating to my Mexican heritage but not resembling the stereotypical Hispanic Most people arent aware even in these times that you can be Hispanic whether you are as white as paper or as dark as its ashes I have grown up privy to all the privileges of a comfortable lifestyle typically among Caucasians both in my neighborhood and honors classes in my rural town Yet I am reminded of my heritage by the food I eat the style of music I wake up to on a Sunday morning and traveling to a dusty dog-filled village in Mexico to bury my grandfather I wonder sometimes whether resembling my classmates in immediate appearance has been a good or a bad thing They unthinkingly offer up dirty Mexican jokes only to find that I am not amused They confide in me how they could never date a black girl or a black boy and I cant support their sentiments I wouldnt be here if such relationships didnt occur Yet I dont think I would change the way I look to deter such comments What I inherited from my mother is my disguise almost how I can uncover what people really think about the group to which I belong If they could tell that I was the subject of their comments they wouldnt say it to me but they would still think its okay It gives me the chance to show them that there are some things that are never appropriate no matter whose company they are in because you never know what is behind the color of their skin Their unthinking negative comments about my race dont bother me so much in comparison to other things My area is known for its incredibly high ratio of chickens to people soybeans and other farming industry This kind of economic
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