Monday, October 17, 2011

Friend Makin' Monday; Stereotyping

Due to my constant insomnia (why couldn't I inherit my Mom's managing skills instead of her sleep disorder? why? eh, why?!!!) I am joining on time to this week's FMM. It's not even funny that for the last week I've been going to bed at around cool people, not cool. Right now is 3:09am and I've gone to bed twice only to get up because I couldn't sleep. Ok, proceed:

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: Stereotyping

Have you ever been the victim of stereotyping? If so, will you elaborate? What do you wish people thought of you as they notice you for the first time?

Even though my weight has been uncomfortable for me and a reason of many embarrassing moments (usually with my family) I'm going on a tangent here people, but is not so much when people first notice me, but when they first get to know where I'm from. People usually don't guess correctly where I come from and that's ok, is when I tell them that I get annoyed and frustrated because the ignorant comments start. I don't think I have even mentioned in the blog, typically people think that being from an Island in the Caribbean a) we are all indians that live in a hut-not that there is anything wrong with that because after all, most of us DO have that heritage- that we have no running water, can cross the Island walking from one end to the other (psst) or b) that IT CANNOT BE since I'm not dark skinned or curly hair. That bothers me the most. I'm not even the lightest person there by far!!!

I hate when people assume Latinos means a bunch of Mexican crossing the river. Or ignorant people that can only clean houses and work at Taco Bell, which by the way if you only knew half the stories of what these people have to go thru and how hard they work you would be amazed.

It is sad that even people from my own race tell me "no way, you cannot be"...and I say why not? My little Island has a lot of African, French, Spanish and Indian Heritage, we are a well seasoned mix of beauty and flavor.

I had 3 grandparents with super light skin (mostly descendant of Spaniards) and blue eyes, and one Grandma that could pass for Hindu. we are not all created equal in color, we are all diversified.

Want to see prove how different we are? here is a picture of me and my four Sister's from 5 yrs ago (yay, witch Sis not included!)

Doesn't my Sis in red looking Hindu? I assure you, she is not.
I wish people would take the time to learn a little more about other cultures, to not judge a book by it's cover, or where we come from. Because of the way I look I can pretty much pass for other cultures and I have seen how others talk about my own race and ethnicity without realizing they are insulting me.

I'm not trying to give a sermon {although it looks lie it} but just stating that we all come in different sizes and colors, get to know us.

Now, can you guess where I'm from?
BTW- we have McD's, Malls, water and electricity and CABLE! bwahahahaha

Over & out


affectionforfitness said...

Hi Nina Patricia! I live in a city and have friends of all major nationalities. My absolute favorite place to eat is the little cafe inside the Hispanic grocery store. We also regularly go to the Hispanic fruit and veggies store where we are always treated special. We have Hispanic friends who invited us for an authentic Christmas family dinner at their home. It was so nice. Btw, you and your sisters are a very lovely bunch!

:-) Marion

affectionforfitness said...

I read this wrong, I think. You're saying that you're *not* Hispanic? Are you Puerto Rican? We have Puerto Rican friends too.

:-) Marion

Jodi said...

ummm do you live on mars!?! haha
Your photo is a beautiful picture of the diversity of your heritage and I am so nicely jealous (of the diversity AND the fact you have sisters! lol)

PlumPetals said...

You and your sisters look so beautiful!!

I totally get where you're coming from with the whole ethnicity thing -- people can't guess where I'm from and when I tell them they say, 'But you don't look like a person from there.' So frustrating!! It's like they assume all people from one country will look the same!

Carrie said...

I think I'm scared to guess now that I've read the post, I wouldn't want to be wrong! No matter where you are from you and your sisters are beautiful, and I enjoyed your answer to this weeks question very much! Great Post!