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    As a white guy, it never mattered much to me. Swedish, Slovene, French, Irish ... who cared?

    On the other hand, my wife is 100% Mexican ... Mestizo ...  Both parents from Michoacan. For her family, ethnicity had more serious implications than it did for me.

    My son was raised in a small rural town and, even though our family always expressed pride in their heritage, he didn't give serious thought to his ancestry - until he was in college. There he met many more Latinos and began to explore his own identity.

    I had seldom thought thought about the world from his perspective.  For me it was always black and white, or brown and white, the oppressor and the oppressed, battling racism and bigotry ... not nuanced at all.

    For my son, it was different. For him it wasn't about confrontation or winning a battle. It was about self-identity, searching for roots. The books he read were about this bi-cultural background.

    I tried to understand the world from his perspective. He could pass for Anglo, but with his background, the ethnic slurs were directed at him too.

    In the end he embraced his total background.  He legally changed his name to include his mother's maiden name ... just so there could be no mistaking his cultural identity. In his early thirties, he spent nearly a year in Mexico, tracing his roots and learning the language and is now bilingual.

    He identifies with both his father and his mother and if anyone has a problem with that, then the problem is theirs rather than his.

    Even though some may long for the day when the only race is the human race, many of our children will continue to seek out their roots and celebrate their ancestry. I think that is as it should be.

    A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

    by slatsg on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 03:37:20 PM PST

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