New York (CNN) — Who am I? I used to think the simplest explanation was black and white. But I’ve recently discovered that the truth is much more colorful.
Because I’ve spent most of my adult life being mistaken for everything but who I am — Moroccan, Brazilian, mixed African-American and white American, Israeli, Palestinian, the list goes on — the very question has inspired me to embark on a travel adventure back through time in search of answers.
This is what I know for sure: Ethnically, I am a New York City born woman of Dominican parentage. I self identify as a Latina, Dominican-American and Latino-American, interchangeably. But racially, through the science of DNA testing and tracing my family’s own migration story, I’ve begun to receive confirmation of what I’ve always believed to be true not only for myself but many of the 47 million-plus Latino-Americans across the country: the subject of race in our community is kaleidoscopic, more complicated than what the census 2010 checkboxes offer.
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