March 5, 2012

A somber account of being labeled a "minority"

By Joshua P. Thompson Senior Attorney

The Chicago Tribune published this excellent, albeit sad, editorial detailing what it’s like to live under a regime where you are expected to live up to your racial stereotypes.  Here’s a snippet:

I think of it as the year I formally became a “minority.” In all my classes I was the official Hispanic, routinely called upon to enlighten my white classmates about Latino consumers’ struggles in the barrio with English language acquisition, gangs and discrimination — none of which I’d ever had any experience with.

It was obvious that most of my fellow classmates knew I was there on a full scholarship and assumed that I’d gotten into the school through some official attempt at diversity.

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