While I wish race and ethnicity didn't exist (at least not with any of the baggage and social consequences they have now), I would never describe myself as "color blind." That is a luxury I don't have and a form of naiveté I can't stomach. My mother is from El Salvador and, like most Salvadorans, is a mestiza. My father is American, mostly of Scottish/Northern English descent and, well, quite white.
I prefer to view myself as multicultural rather than biracial because I think that more accurately captures my experiences as a woman who, in many settings, is white passing, just "exotic." (Yep, I loathe that word.) Plus, in some places, my mother is considered white. She is fairly light-skinned, after all. When she lived in Miami, her Florida driver's license read "white Hispanic." Historically speaking, whiteness has been a flexible term. Just one example: One-hundred years ago, Italians and Eastern European Jews weren't considered white by U.S. standards. Now they are. White privilege comes and goes.
I mention all of this really to point you to three things: my forthcoming book, Vivala, and Latin Trends Magazine. Over the past couple of years, I've made more of an effort to publicly write about Latinix news, culture, and issues. My personal essays on the matter have appeared in The Huffington Post and Bustle, among other outlets, while my Latinx articles have been published in Latin Trends Magazine and the Arlington Catholic Herald. I even had a few humor and beauty pieces published by Cosmo for Latinas before the magazine shut down in November.
Now I'm happy to announce that The History Press will be releasing my book, Hispanic and Latina Heritage in Virginia, next month. I also regularly contribute to Vivala, a website for Latina Millennials, and Latin Trends Magazine, a regional magazine for Latinos in New York City. Click on the images below to learn more: