Being “Other:” reflections on Being Biracial – The Crow’s Nest


By Martha Rhine

“What are you?”

Some people react automatically to that question and move on. For others, it is annoying and disrespectful.

It is a question of race, of course, but why do people ask? To understand others better, or to decide how they feel about them or where they belong?

America is more diverse than ever in 2018, so what’s with the question?

In a recent example, Dominican singer and “Love & Hip Hop: Miami” star Amara La Negra visited the radio show “The Breakfast Club,” where after declaring herself excited to be there, she was pointedly asked by co-host Charlamagne Tha God, “What are you?”

The singer is no stranger to conversations on race and colorism. She identifies as Afro-Latina, a term that is often confusing for people who believe you must be…

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