“So where are you from?”

It’s a question most mixed-race women are intimately familiar with. And usually, the person asking isn’t looking for the name of the town you grew up in, but a detailed breakdown of your racial background.

America’s population is becoming increasingly multiracial, but questions and comments from strangers about my mixed-race status haven’t slowed down yet — and I doubt I’m alone. In a December 2012 piece for xoJane, Olivia Boyd described all the “mixed-up moments” — comments and interactions related to her race — she experienced in one afternoon. She wrote:

Some “mixed-up moments” are more significant than others. A few are blatantly rude comments, others are ignorant jokes, many are moments of flattery and some are instances of confusion or laughter. At times these are moments that make me feel so honored and blessed to be mixed; others are waves when I just want to crawl in a hole and hide.

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