I Classify Myself As A White, Irish Italian- American Woman

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I classify myself as a white, Irish-Italian- American, woman. My mother was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and my paternal grandparents are from Sicily, Italy. I imagine being first generation Irish and second generation Italian helps me relate to my ethnicity. My maternal grandfather impacted my development of my ethnic and cultural identity. He instilled me with pride and appreciation for my Irish roots. Specifically, he brought me over to Belfast to learn and experience the culture. The hostility between the Protestants and Catholics was clear. People were living under the threats of terrorism, bombing, propaganda graffiti, and in a police state. In addition, I saw families torn apart because a mother was one religion and the…show more content…
Jeremy’s Answers I interviewed my nephew, Jeremy, for my Personal Identity paper. I come from a very large family including; six brothers, sister in laws, and fifteen nieces and nephews. My brother, Joe, married an African-American women (Sandra) and had two sons; but, they look nothing alike. Jeremy’s appearance is African-American and Anthony’s is Caucasian. My purpose for this interview was to learn about being a black child in a Caucasian family. Jeremy considers himself black (not bi-racial) and relates to the black community. Notably, according to Bowles, (1993), a majority of bi-racial children identify themselves as African-American. In fact, both black and white communities discourage bi-racial children from associating themselves with both cultures (Bowles, 1993). He says that growing up in a diverse city gave him the opportunity to integrate into the black culture. Jeremy credits his classmates, teachers, and friends for shaping his racial, ethnic, and culture identity. Unfortunately, Jeremy is confused and hurt by his mother’s rejection of her black heritage and community. Jeremy believes the black community associates him as black; but, those in the white community do not always consider him black. Whites often inquire about the origin of his race and ethnicity. Jeremy states, whites are rude about race and fail to accept the complexities of
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