A fun fact about me is ... I'm fluent in both English and American Sign Language.
I racially identify as ... mixed! Or half Black. My dad is Black and my mother is white, and I grew up in a huge extended family.
When people ask me the question “what are you?” I usually say … I'm mixed. Sometimes I will expand on that, but it depends on my relationship to the person and the reason they're asking!
My favorite thing about being mixed is … being able to participate in multiple cultures, meet brilliant people, and connect in unique ways.
The most difficult thing about being mixed is … being someone who often "passes" as white. While most other mixed people can easily spot me as mixed, most people of one race do not. This can be really frustrating, and sometimes it feels like I have to prove myself in both communities because I'm not "white enough" or "Black enough".
If I could visit anywhere in the world, it would be … Ireland! I love traveling, and Ireland is next on my list. My ancestry on my mother's side is mostly Irish.
If I had one day left on Earth, I would eat … Russian dumplings from this place in Seattle.
When I was a kid, I wish I would have known that … being mixed can be complicated, and finding solidarity with other mixed people can be unbelievably affirming. When I was younger, I found myself struggling to connect with both the Black and white communities within my school, because being mixed isn't like having half of one experience and half of another. Being mixed is a totally different experience, and I don't think I was able to connect with others on the topic of race until I really started cultivating friendships with other mixed/biracial people!