A young woman at the end of the day, as we were standing by the door, asked me “Are you all White?'”
I was surprised at first , so I repeated her question , “Am I just White you mean?”
She nodded and said, “Yeah, are you all White?” (pertaining to my racial heritage)
“You mean am I 100 % White?” She shook her head, yes. I said, “Well, my mom says her first language is French. ”
I looked into her face to check for understanding or for any understanding I might sense, (teachers are good at that sorta thing)
and, then I said, “They don’t speak English” and, “So, I guess I am not 100% White, maybe ?”
I could tell she was paying attention to me, so I asked, “Do you speak any other language besides English?” She thought seriously to herself without saying much.
“Is not speaking English the same as not being all White?” I stared back at her curiously.
We shrugged our shoulders as the bell rang and we said goodbye.