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“Though in certain contexts, people will see me as White, I’ve never tried to pass. I don’t know why one would. I mean obviously sociologically I know why one would, but it’s just never been an option to me. It’s like how everybody jokes that West Indian students come to college in the U.S. and find out they’re Black for the first time; but it’s the opposite. In this case, you go into a milieu where people don’t have as much familiarity with phenotypical racial variation and you find out you’re White for the first time. But I mean what can you do? I look how I look. I came out how I came out. I can’t make anything clearer one way or the other for people and I really can’t wish it so either because this is what I got.”

Deborah
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mixed / Jamerican

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