My name is Micaela Robinson, and I’m from Latham, NY. I play soccer and will continue playing at Assumption University in the fall. I am biracial- my mother is white and my father is black. My dad’s family is from Barbados, they were originally slaves owned by Benedict Cumberbatch’s ancestors. My family was offered reparations from Benedict Cumberbatch, but the slaves in Barbados gained freedom differently than in America. They pushed out the colonizers, and were able to keep the land they worked, including all that was on the land. Currently, the plantation my family worked on is a sort of museum, I have yet to visit, but plan to soon.
Although I am biracial, I have been told I can pass for white, which gives me a significant privilege over those with darker complexions than me. It’s odd for me because most of the experiences I’ve personally had with race are not what the typical black or biracial person would endure; however, my immediate family has had drastically different experiences. I feel incredibly bad for my brother and father, along with others in the community, because I am one of them, but will never face the same struggles that they face. One of my friends describes this as “light skin guilt.” I feel guilty because even though I would consider myself part of the community, I will never experience the pain and injustice they go through daily. The racism I experience is different from what darker-skinned people experience. People will either forget, or won’t know that I am a person of color. They say things around me that they would normally say around their other white friends, not realizing that I may take offense to those words and phrases, such as the casual use of the n-word. Most of my friends would describe me as extremely politically correct, which really bothers me. I do try and correct people but it usually doesn’t stop them from saying those words. With the events currently going on, I hope some of the people who are participating in these microaggressions may come to the realization that this is wrong, and start to change their ways.