I Am Peruvian And DominicanI am half Peruvian and half Dominican my father is from Peru ( very light skinned) and my mother is from Dominican Republic (dark skinned).
I struggled with my racial identity growing up because I am dark skinned but speak what some would say "like a white person" and I do not speak
Spanish which is my parents native language and I was raised without a Spanish culture because my parents did not want me around Spanish speaking people for whatever reason. Other kids would ask me what are you? Though I would eventually learned to say Hispanic I really didn't know what that
really meant . It really bothered me for black kids to consider me white because I spoke like a white person and white kids would consider me black
because I am dark skinned and there were a lack of Spanish kids in my school early on. For the most part I was accepted more by white kids than black kids and I really did not like being told by the black kids you talk like a white person (as if there was something wrong with me). So here I am in my thirties
now married to a very white women of German and Irish heritage. I can say, though I am in my thirties I have often wrestled with the racial conflict that
the ignorant and discriminating cause me to deal with. I am happy that it seems for the most part that people are becoming more racially tolerant and
understanding and that racially diverse couples are growing. Please feel free to share any of your experiences with me.