"Are you Arab?" Then getting a bunch of insults on blogs
"Look she's white & she's got dreadlocks" and then laughing in front of my face.
Or when I promote my events "Are you African? Is that dreadlocks that you have?" and then leave while giggling.
YES I HAVE A WHITER SKIN so what? I AM AFRICAN, ARAB AND EUROPEAN, From the world, AND yes I have dreadlocks, Yes my mum has white skin from mixed origins, yes my dad has a bit darker skin from mixed origins, yes some of my ancestors have black skin. In conclusion: making a racist comment about me does not make sense as I don't belong to a possible categorisation.
And it goes the other way too:
I am not racist against white people as some believe; and I am not racist against black or arabs as some others believe.
I don't know where all this imagination can come from except from ignorance.
At least some other people are able to see the truth in my eyes but it's not everyone. I am proud of my diverse heritage, I feel closer to African culture, I deny the French nationality that has been assigned to me not because I am racist but because I feel I don't belong to the culture. I only share the language that I love, but loving a language is not the whole purpose of identity.
I felt the need to write this because recently I am getting more and more comments about that, and also it took me a while to understand my identity due to the historical facts that created this amazing mixture in my family of which I am proud as it has been given to me.
Also it is a shout for you, whoever you are, and wherever you are coming from, to be proud of who you are and what created you.