“All through my years at camp, sometimes girls would come up to me and ask ‘what are you?’ And I’d tell them my ethnicities. They wouldn’t believe me because of my skin tone is too this or my hair is too that. Sometimes people would approach me already assuming my background and when I tell them they’re wrong, they’d be surprised. It was very frustrating, especially when you see it happening to other people. ‘You can’t be this because you look like this.’
It’s disrespectful. It’s colorism. You don’t know where I come from and telling me I can’t be something because of how you perceive it is ignorant and idiotic.
That’s like the worst feeling. Mixed kids specifically already have to deal with an identity crisis. We already get hate sometimes from our family and our own people about what we look like. Sometimes I feel like neither group wants me because I don’t look stereotypical. The fact that I have to come to camp…that these girls have to come to camp dealing with this when we already get enough of this at home and we struggle to figure out who we are and where do we stand …it’s hard and other people don’t understand enough about that and maybe if they did interactions would be different.”
—Aloha, Camper, 2010s
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