My father and mother hanging out with friends, circa 1949
But I thought your were Puerto Rican!
In 1994 while I was a graduated student at the State University of New York in Albany during a conversation with one of my roommates who happened to be graduated student of history, the topic of Puerto Rican Identity and Racism came up. I was trying to explain that in Puerto Rico colorism takes the place of racism. I used my family as an example.
Me: "Take my family as an example, My father is white and my mother is black"
Jimbo: "Wait what?! but I thought you were Puerto Rican!"
At this point I had to try to explain to Jimbo and others in the room the racial and ethnic dynamics of Puerto Rico.