So many things I heard here are very close to my heart but nothing hit closer to home than listening to the Tedx talk by the Native American Mercedes Peters talk. I too have white skin however there is so much more to me then meets the eye. You see I grew up in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I was there during the war and shortly after the war my family came to the U.S. I was an immigrant who did not speak English. I had a very hard time finding my Identity in the U.S. because I was so far from home yet I did not identify as American. After many years passed and I went beck to Bosnia people there thought of me as an American but I did not feel American and whats funny I no longer felt Bosnian either. I felt like I belonged nowhere and to no one. I felt like the citizen of the world. In the U.S. I never really fit in with the withe American's because I am also a Muslim. People did not believe me that I am a muslim even after telling them because they did not believe that white muslims existed. It actually brought a lot of confusion to many people because most people when they think of muslims they think of someone from the Middle East.
To top it all off I have lived in the south of the United States for 20 years. So if I had to identify my self it would not be as simple as marking the option white on a form. This topic is so difficult because we rarely are what meets the eye or how we are perceived by others.