See, that is the part I do not understand. “American” is just white-washing his existence. I get asked am I Ethiopian all the time, specifically when I lived in one particular neighborhood. When I took a look at Ethiopian women, I understood why people just assumed I was. I told them, “Nah, born and raised on the south side of Chicago.” When I went to out-of-state schools, I got asked “Where are you from?” all the time. I responded and went about my day. Why is it so controversial to be asked about your race? Just answer and go about your day, unless it’s a stranger. Now if it is just some random stranger being nosey, I would just say “None of your business. Press on.” But why claim “nothing” instead of just saying “Dominican and white”?

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