On what makes up ethnicity.

“Miss, I love you.”
“That’s nice. Any particular reason?”
“Well, it’s just that you don’t act like the rest of my white teachers, so, you know, yeah.”
“Uh, okay?”
“I mean, I know you ARE white and all, I can see you, but you don’t act white.”
“How do I act?”
“I don’t know, like, not black or Mexican, and I don’t have any friends who are Asian, but I would guess not that either. So I’m not really sure what you act like.”
“A person. Just like everyone else.”
“That’s deep, Miss. Like, real deep. See? No one else says stuff like that!”
“It’s because I’m one-sixteenth Native American.”
“Oh, I got you, Miss. I got you. You know, I guess what color you are is more than what color you are.”


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