“He looks mixed, so he must be mixed”… “Nah he looks Puerto Rican or Dominican, he’s hispanic!”
Everyone loves to tell me what I am. People look at me & make their own assumptions of what they think I am. Some people even dictate to me what I am. I’ve had people say to me, “Your mom’s white & your Dad’s Black!”
Wow, I didn’t know you knew my parents personally. 😂
People never seem to ask me what I am, they tell me what I am.
But I understand, that many people judge people based on what they see. But phenotype is not always a good indicator of what someone’s race is. Not every light skinned person is mixed or biracial.
But I’ll help you out. I’ll tell you what I am.
My father is a Black Jamaican man. Both of his parents are Jamaican & both of them are Black.
My mother is a biracial Puerto Rican woman. Her father is a Black Puerto Rican (Yes they exist), & her Mother is a Native American/Mestiza Puerto Rican (Taino).
So am I hispanic, mixed, biracial or Black? well I’ve always referred to myself as a mixed Black man, because I’m predominantly Black, but I have a few other things in my bloodline.
In 2016 I took a DNA test to find out what my ancestral genetic makeup was. I was very shocked by some of the results.