My pet peeve is very unique to Multiracial Americans who pass as a completely unrelated Race. So, some background info is needed to get everyone on the same page. XD
Racially, my background is Native American, Irish, Jamacian, and African. For some reason, that mix of 4 races makes me look Puerto Riccan. I have no idea why, but I pass for Puerto Riccan to the point that people assume I can't speak English. You would think I could introduce myself as Native-Irish-Jamacian-African American and be done with the whole thing. But No.
In American, hyphenated races have been seen as "Less American" ever since 9/11/2001. So, if I call myself Native-Irish-Jamacian-African American, some Americans will assume I want the terrorist to win and demand that I "go back home". Since I'm of Native American decent, I should be kicking them out. -_-
You would also think that calling myself Black would solve the problem. But you are wrong once again. If I call myself Black, I will be looked at by the overly PC crowd as being ignorant since any self respecting slave decent will call him/herself African American. I can understand the push to get rid of the N-word since that is demeaning. But "Black" is one of the few racial labels that acknowledges the person is a mixed member of the race. I'm not going to ignore 3 of my 4 races to make PC people happy. :I
Now, with Native-Irish-Jamaican-African American and Black off the table, you would think I can say I'm Multiracial and be done with it. For a third time, you would be wrong. Because when you say, "Multiracial" they say "How?" Needless to say, "A lot of open minded sex," does not work as a suitable answer for this question. Which leads me right back to the hyphenated/Black cycle of political debated that I tried to avoid by using the term multiracial. T_T
Therefore, my pet peeve is anyone who tries to use my race as an icebreaker and then proceeds to argue with me because he/she does not like my answer. By all means try to strike up a conversation with me by talking about my background. But don't start an arguement with me because I didn't reinforce your stereotype of a race I just happen to resemble. >:(
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