Humans 101

The Problem, and Possibility, in Asking People of Color ‘Where Are You From?’

Your curiosity does not take precedence over another person’s comfort

Bridgette L. Hylton
Human Parts
Published in
8 min readFeb 23, 2021

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Painting of many colors.
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Recently, a friend of mine asked me why people of color often get defensive when White people ask where they are from. She had a new friend whose heritage she was unsure of…

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