NO RACE TO CALL HOME: A Relating to Humans Race Issue by newmommytesla


I have no idea what race or culture to identify with.
My blood is mixed. I don’t fit into any one category. I’m Aztec, Spanish, Scottish-Irish, English, German, and little slivers of many more.

It was difficult growing up, not being able to relate to one side. Not being able to deny or fully embrace one or another. I can’t speak Spanish. I don’t feel Irish or German. When I lived in North Dakota and was the only person with a last name like Rodriquez, I was known as “The Mexican.”

Being a mixed blood did nothing to help me find myself as a teenager, either. But as an adult it’s helped me to relate to more cultures and races than I ever thought possible.

I belong nowhere. And everywhere.

I know I’m not the only one.

After a thoughtful pause during a recent conversation with my mom, as she contemplated what else is in my blood, she said, “There’s going to be a little bit of everything in everybody at this point.”

She’s right. It’s rare to find someone of only one race or culture. America and the Americans in it are as much of a mixed blood as I am, yet we have some of the worst cultural, religious, and racial clashes.

Indian and the white man. Black and white. Muslims and Christians. The list goes on. Look at the news. Cultural clashes are among the top headlines.
America has a big opportunity to prove peace can be real, that cultural divides can be conquered. But we’re too busy concentrating on what one side of ourselves we want to identify with most – just as I did as a teenager.

It reminds me of a passage in the Bible my mother pointed out:. “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.”

Does America not want to stand? Do we not want to accept the truth staring us in the face?

We are all related.

Imagine what America could be if we embraced that. Imagine if the United States was actually united. Imagine the potential to excel for our children — for the mixed-blood child growing inside me now.

Let’s get out of the teenage mentality and grow into adulthood as the people of this country. Let’s admit that each race, culture, religion has done something — many things — wrong, and move on with breaking down the walls that divide us.

Let’s acknowledge, as I had to, that we are no one side. We are all.

Have you gained wisdom in how to relate with us fickle humans that you would be willing to share? Visit the Relating to HUmans page for submission guidelines.



9 Replies to “NO RACE TO CALL HOME: A Relating to Humans Race Issue by newmommytesla”

  1. Well said. I too am a mutt. I’m proud of it. I detest those who make money off racial politics and posturing and who point out our differences instead of our commonalities. Most people just want to survive, to feed their families. My dad said it best – When we were kids and had both a cross burned in our yard and a swastika painted in blood on the side of our house, he said, get over it. Someone will always find a reason to hate you. Might be as simple as the color of your hair. Live your life and be a good person. That’s all you can do.

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    1. Désolé mais si vous n’avez pas d’identité ou si vous en avez mille ,vous êtes un mort sans sépulture,un sépulcre blanchi,un mort-vivant,un zombie manipulable à merci!


  2. There was a country – multicultural, multilingual – meeting place between east and west and three religions. It had population of 23 million before it was destroyed. Now every nationality has their own state and they are pretty much all worse off than before. Second biggest “ethnic” group was made of those born in mixed marriages. These now belong to nowhere. No, it was not in Africa. It was in Europe. The blame game has not finished though, 20 years after civil war(s) finished. It was good for the famous 1% – yes they are everywhere. Looking at America from far away I have a feeling that problem is more of social justice than racial. Those who don’t want issues of social justice solved profit from presenting it as racial issues. Divide and conquer.


  3. Well said Kurt and your mother’s wisdom. Being an immigrant myself I want my kids to feel as an American first before their race. My mum would always say “United we stand, divided we fall”.

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  4. We have a saying in Scotland, “No matter how diluted the blood, you are Scots to a thousand generations.”

    The motto of the USA was once “E Puribus Unum” – one from many. Laudible sentiments, but sadly rarely practiced. Which I do not understand, because it is indeed made up of immigrants from all over the world. Okay, so is the UK, but to a much lesser degree – and that is more a result of days of empire than anything else.

    I would suggest newmommytesla reads Bhowani Junction by John Masters. It is set in India in the days before independence, and surrounding the life of a British Indian woman – half Asian, half white. Masters was a British Indian himself and he tells how they weren’t wanted in India, and the British didn’t want them in the UK. They were effectively a people without a home. And that shite goes on unto this day. In the 1980s the UK government ruled that British born in India were “non-patrials”, effectively taking British citizenship away from thousands. Even the singer Cliff Richard and the zany comedian Spike Milligan were effected by this. Spike always claimed that he decided to be Irish instead, phoned up the Irish Embassy in London and asked “Can I be Irish?”, and got the reply “Oh, shore. We’re terrible short o’ people.”

    Of course, take it back far enough and we are ALL the children of immigrants. If that were not true, we’d all be living in sub-Saharan east Africa.

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  5. Thank you for posting this. I am “pure” Filipino, as my dad would say. I married a man who is Italian, Norwegian and German. My brother married a Caucasian who is a blend. One day, many years ago, we were all at the park and my dad looked at his five grandchildren and exclaimed, “look how beautiful they are!” My point is that we are all meant to mIx. It is our human calling. The future of our race, and the future of our country, will be strong because of our mixture. Again, thank you.

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