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Re: “Fighting for acceptance as an Iranian/Latino American

Thank you for the post. I too am a product of love between and Iranian and Latina. My folks met in the early 70's. she thought he was Mexican (boy was she wrong). They've been married for over 45 years. My first name is Steve and last name is rooted in Arabic. Growing up in TX, everyone assumed I was Mexican. Which was partially true. As a kid, I got called "Wet Back", "Beaner" and even got called "Camel Jockey". Ignorance abound. I had a very strong Latin influence as a kid (living in TX). Less so from the Persian side, other than the food. :) It wasn't until I went to a Catholic College and had an opportunity to go to attend Friday Prayers (which was enlightening to learn about) and I also took a class on the History of Modern Iran which was eye-opening. So, education is so important. But, perhaps more important I feel... Is the question you ask. "Where are you really from"? I recently had my DNA done and found that I was quite the mix. 30% European (Spanish/Italian/Greek/ Portuguese, but snippets of European Jew, and other Eastern European countries). I'm over 33% Caucus, 14% native american, less than 5% African. Those were the main genetic roots. I think the more that we truly learn about our roots, the easier it will be to share our similarities...

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Posted by ssobhi on February 22, 2017 at 1:03 PM
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