As a Puerto Rican who happens to have parents of Black, Italian, German, Spanish, and Taino heritage, I was always aware of my brown skin. My father was married to a Japanese lady, whioch many of the Japanese traditions were brought into my household. So I grew up in a very diverse way of thinking in Puerto Rico. But it wasn't until I came to the USA where my brown skin became an issue. Every experience during my schooling and life in the USA was about my Mexican heritage, which I know nothing because I am not Mexica. :) In the USA, I discovered how issues of color dominate and become determinants of social class, education, and status. I thank my career as an artist and a gay man that has helped me understand racism and experience and better adapt to injustice. I am a better man because I was taught to be many things. Of so many colors, so complicated and, most of all, I am a better man because I was taught never to criticize, or judge.