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Don’t You See?

(Personal Reflection)
  • Mónica G. Moreno Figueroa

Abstract

“I can see you’re not from here. Where are you from?” This has been one of the key questions in my life. It has taken me a long time to understand it, although I have been hearing it since I was a child, and even more often since I arrived in the United Kingdom. It was 1999 and I was studying for my MA degree. I remember going to a black students conference in Southampton. I was very excited. I had never seen so many “black” people in one room in my life! I was truly fascinated, curious, observing, looking at every single one of them. There, I started talking with a group of people, and at some point the conversation turned to issues of identity and “race.” I told them I was a little bit confused about identifying myself as black. I explained I had been born and raised in Mexico and that I basically consider myself Mexican. One young woman looked at me impatiently, and pulled my hand towards her own and compared our skin color. She said: “Look, you are black, what are you arguing about, don’t you see?”

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© Erynn Masi de Casanova and Afshan Jafar 2013

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  • Mónica G. Moreno Figueroa

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