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What Am I: Discovering More about My Mixed Race Identity

Released Tuesday, 12th October 2021
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Mixed-race Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the US based on the 2020 Census. One of the most common and often most frustrating questions that biracial and multiracial people get is “What are you?” it can be dehumanizing and extremely “othering.”
In this episode, our host Nikki Innocent, a mixed-race Haitian American woman, flips the dynamic on its head and dives into the question of “What Am I?” on her own. She talks about recent new discoveries about her own multi-racial and multi-ethnic background through both the power of storytelling and more traditional research. Nikki shines a light on the importance of remaining open and curious while learning more about the various racial and ethnic influences that have shaped your life both for yourself and those around you. No matter how well versed you are in your own racial and ethnic background, there is always more to discover -- whether it be about present day impacts or historical lessons. And as you do, the closer we get to realizing that we are all much more alike than we are different.
Have you made any recent discoveries about your own identity? How has this last year and a half impacted your understanding of and relationship with your racial and ethnic background? 
We want to hear from you, share your story today: www.nikkiinnocent.com/otherstories