One thing. As a mixed kid growing up in a suburban neighborhood, I had wished for it too. I wanted to fit in somewhere, in one area. I wanted to be white like my friends so that I wouldn't be the darkest one, the oddball, in every picture.
|At my elementary school before a concert. I never could figure out how to arrange my face on command.|
I've grown up now. While I still straddle the lines of race, I've decided to embrace those differences rather than try to hide them or awkwardly smash those pieces of me together. I don't kowtow to racial lines anymore.
I'm in a stage of exploration and exhibition. I'm being me, all of me. And I don't care who sees it.