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My ethnic background is German and Irish on my mom’s side and Mexican on my dads. Which if you’re from Texas may seem like a pretty typical mix but I didn’t grow up in your typical blended family environment.
My mom’s side of the family completely disowned my mother after learning of my father’s ethnicity and after what I can only imagine to be a long and difficult pregnancy my grandma had an immediate change of heart once she saw my adorable baby face. Her change of heart however only extended to me…
I grew up never getting to know my father or my father’s side of the family because of the racism of my mother’s family. Growing up not identifying with a culture that you know you belong to can be a very confusing thing for a young girl. Growing up hearing derogatory things about a race that you know you belong to can be even harder.
It wasn’t until my second apartment and a new group of friends all with different backgrounds, Puerto Rican, Mexican, Cuban, Colombian that I started to open my eyes to the latin culture and the Latin pride that I felt I was robbed of having for so long.
Here was this amazing group of people: educated, well traveled, fun, interesting and loyal to a fault. These were the people you aspire to be like, the people you want in your corner, the people who became my family. My Latin family.
There are still days I feel like I don’t have the right to call myself a Latina because I hadn’t identified with it for so long but it’s me, it’s who I am and it’s the blood coursing through my veins.
I’m All American, ALL Latina.