Updated: Aug 3, 2020
Stranger: "Where are you from?"
Me: "I am from Dublin! "
Stranger: "You couldn't be, you're wearing African clothes!?"
Me: "I am half Irish and half Ghanaian. Today I am embracing my African side with my clothing."
People like to label people based on their color, their clothes, their hair etc. This needs to stop. If someone tells you they are from somewhere, or who they are, don't tell them they "couldn't be".
Why is where someone's from so important anyway? One things for sure, it should never be the first thing you say to someone.
As a mixed race women I've struggled at times with my identity. Sometime I feel like I'm seen as just black even though I'm half white. At times it feels like you are assumed to have picked a side (black or white) as a mixed race person. It's a difficult thing to discuss, but I believe now, more than ever, is the time to be open and honest.