starlit-mire:does anyone else feel like it’s distasteful to analyze their racial/ethnic identity/the politics behind their racial/ethnic identity because they’re almost univocally white-passing? or because there is so much entrenched, extreme racism in their background that even acknowledging the non-hegemonically-white components seems like it’s borne out of guilt/disavowal/atonement?
i don’t know why i keep thinking about it, i also find it interesting that even though i am, by heritage, 1/4th egyptian, it’s always been posited as ‘white’ due to that part of the family being christian + alexandria being historically posited as an occidental city. up until nasser, even.
this is a stupid post i’ve just been spending too much time reading about postcolonialism and etc
I feel the same way.I’m part métis and native culture is a big part of my grandma’s life and is a huge influence on her.Her and my mother look part native but I just look like a big whitey.My grandma actually used to be called ‘squaw’ in school.
I want to ID with that part of my heritage,and I do,but to talk about it seems silly especially in relation to aboriginal rights where I’ve never had a problem…and can’t find the real parallels in my life towards those issues unless you count growing up extremely poor.. I was even intermittently involved with the aboriginal program in school but I felt really stupid accepting awards and stuff at ceremonies when so many people there were actually native and more deserving than I am.
Though I am applying for status soon,because I can get it and it will be super helpful.
In regards to being part roma,my dad’s family doesn’t talk about it at all and I’m not sure if the reason is 1. because they don’t talk about anything and are extremely impersonal. 2. Because they’re ashamed or 3. There isn’t actually that much roma blood…or a combination of all of those