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“I remember when I was maybe 12 years old, and we went to the Biennial at the Whitney in New York. They gave us one of those little metal clips that you put on your clothes, and for this particular art exhibit, the clip said ‘I never imagined wanting to be White.’ And even though I had often been called Puerto Rican up until that point, and even though I had thought being Puerto Rican might be easier, I never wanted to be White. So I really loved that button. I think I still have it somewhere. It just captured it perfectly. Like even though it’s hard being Mixed, even though I stand out, I never wanted to be White.”

Mei
Atlanta, Georgia
African

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