I didn't fit the stereotypical look people had in mind when they thought of a Hispanic woman, so, to them, I wasn't one at all. I was an imposter, a caricature, a self-involved white girl who was trying to make herself more "worldly" by associating with another race.
Growing up in a small town Pennsylvania, Alexis Rydbom was bullied and faced racial discrimination because she is a biracial. She shares her story with Jimmy Nguyen, and talks about how she overcame her childhood challenges to become a confident young woman.
In 2012, a Pew Research Center study reported that 15 percent of all new marriages in the U.S. (in 2010) are interracial; there are now 4.8 million interracial marriages in the U.S., accounting for 1 in 12 marriages.
As a professor and author who studies diversity and communication, not to mention a multiracial individual and future parent, I'm interested mostly in what's hiding behind questions like "what are you, exactly?"
I'm used to checking "other" to describe myself. Still, imagine my surprise -- not at the recent headline that interracial marriages are at an all-time high -- but that my marriage is included among them.
It is easy to see how making racial victims or racial healers out of multiracial people really only serves to let everyone else off the hook. We as a society need to realize that racial reconciliation is everybody's job.