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

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

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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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Bridgette L. Hylton

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