It took years of educating myself beyond what I learned in school and at home, learning about who I was and where I came from so that I could gain some sense of empowerment and self-acceptance. It’s not so much that my family failed to teach me about who I was…they were just living life. I don’t think it occurred to them that I needed to know where we came from so that I could be content—proud, even—of how different I was from the other kids.

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